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Royal College Cadet Band wins championship

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In 1881, ‘Boys Brigade’ was initiated by John B. Cull, who was the Principal of Royal College then. The very reason to organize a group of this kind was to improve discipline among students by using a method of drilling. This initial step of cadet movement was kept in Royal College Colombo, and it was later introduced to the whole country. This atmosphere paved way to form a cadet band at Royal College in 1979 which was headed by Sergeant R. K. G. Yahampath. First officer in charge was Lt. R. P. M. Gamage.

History    
Royal College Cadet Band has achieved the current position by facing a lot of challenges and hardships. It represented school a number of national level ceremonies, guards of honors and annual competition camps.
“The best performance award” was renamed from 1985 as the “Major General T.I. Weerathunga Challenge Shield”. Band represented the school for this competition and W.O.II  Samaraweera S.M.A.P. headed it.

Activities of the Band as well as the annual band competition camp was interrupted by the political disturbances prevailed in the country in the late eighties. This untimely silence was the cause to loose some of our familiar titles at the camps held in 1990 and 1991.
The band has been heading towards a victorious track with several prestigious awards in hand from 1992 onwards.  In 1993, the band won the “Most Outstanding Band of the Country” award at the “Major General T.I. Weerathunga Challenge Shield” competition and the winners were captained by Sergeant Jayarathne B.D.T.D.

In 1995, he won the “The Best Band Sergeant” title and he was selected to represent Sri Lanka at the Independence Day celebrations of Bangladesh.
Royal College Cadet Band set a record in National Cadet Corps by wining the most outstanding cadet band of the country award for the consecutive 4th time in year 1996. It was the 7th occasion the band won the “Major General T.I. Weerathunga Challenge Shield”. The band was led by sergeant Bomiriya N.D. He also was qualified to represent Sri Lanka at the “Heroes Day Camp” held in Bangladesh in 1997.

After a slight drawback in 2003 and 2004, in year 2005 the RCCB managed to show some expectations – Under Sergeant Dissanayake D.M.P.M the band returned as runner-up of the “Gen.T.I.Weeratunga challenge shield” and the Sergeant won the title for Best Drum Major.
In 2011, RCCB won the Runners-up of the Gen. T.I. Weerathunga challenge shield for the 3rd consecutive year, was qualified to represent Sri Lanka in the National Day Celebrations of Bangladesh. RCCB won the music shield for the 4th consecutive time in 2011.

This year performances
This year too, the band won Gen. T. I Weeratunga shield for the tenth time. The camp was held at Rantambe from July 5 to 12, 2012. P. A. M. P. Samarakoon was the talented Sergeant in this year while 2nd Lieutenant V. S. S. Gunawardena also took part. 31 boys’ schools and six girls’ schools have participated at the camp. Dharmaraja College, Kandy became second and Nalanda College, Colombo won the 3rd place. Kegalle Balika Vidyalaya won the Girls’ Championship.

Recently refurbished Band Room and Band instruments have given a fresh breathing and vigour to the band. The College has won Best Music award for the fifth consecutive time and Sgt. P. A. M. P. Samarakoon has won Best Drum Major award in this year and has promoted to the company Junior Under Officer rank.
All members of the band commended the principal Upali Gunasekera, Senior Games Master M. T. A. Rauf, M-i-C  G. M. N. S. Priyantha for their untiring assistance.

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