WINDSOR, N.S. - Andrew Canete, 17, has been part of the 254 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps at King’s-Edgehill School for approximately six years and in that time he’s proven himself again and again as a capable member of the corps.
On May 23, he received a national award from the Canadian Cadet Organization, the Lieutenant-General J.W. Quinn Annual Award for Excellence in Music, following the annual cadet review and church parade in Windsor.
Initially, Canete wasn’t a huge fan of the corps, but he learned to love it.
“Going out and doing a cadet camp, meeting new people, broadening my horizons and getting out of my comfort zone,” Andrew said. “It’s been great.”
On May 23, Andrew lead the cadet corps in a parade around Windsor as the drum major.
“I just hope that future cadets in this corps can look up to me and see that it’s very attainable for them,” he said.
Andrew plays the piano, trumpet, and more, participating in the King’s-Edgehill School concert band, jazz band and cadet band.
“Music gives people a lot of freedom and connection,” he said. “Working together as a team in order to play songs and compose is important.”
“To earn something this big, all it takes is hard work and dedication.”
Andrew’s parents Ann and Yuri Canete, who attended the parade, said they were very proud of their son’s accomplishments.
“He’s always been talented, so anytime he gets an award I always told him ‘you’re so lucky, you got my genes,’” Ann said. “This time, I told him ‘this one, I don’t take credit for, this was hard work.’”
Across Canada, there are approximately 18,000 army cadets, many of those are involved in musical programming. Out of that, Canete came out on top, a point of pride for the 254, captain Keith Hynes said.
“Andrew is probably one of the most respected drum majors I’ve ever had,” Hynes said. “The corps are all behind the drum major, and he leads a lot of other groups here at the school as well.”
With the award, Andrew receives a $250 bursary and the corps receives $500 towards their music program.