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    Inter Unit Drill and Band Competition 2014

    September 28, 2014

    Drill, originated and perpetuated in the services with the intention of making service personnel disciplined. It is basically the following the orders of the superior, which usually does not come naturally to any individual! Contrary to the popular belief that it indoctrinates, drill helps develop the personal discipline and helps all personnel develop the ability of commanding large bodies of men and directing them towards a common goal. It also helps develop the team work amongst the group which is very much a requirement for the armed forces and helps one develop sharpness and accuracy in one’s response to general matters of concern.  


    The ‘Inter Unit Drill and Band Competition 2014’ yet another annual programme in the Sri Lanka Air Force calendar, successfully concluded on Friday (26th September 2014) at the SLAF Base Katunayake ‘Parade Square’. Over 23 teams representing all SLAF establishments took part in the drill competition from which three teams,one from SLAF Base Vavuniya, one from SLAF Base Rathmalana and one team from SLAF Base Katunayake qualified to perform in the finals. All three teams displayed their talents in front of the chief guest, the Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal KolithaGunatilleke

    SLAF Base Rathmalana Team (422.39points) led by Flying Officer KC Weerasekara marched ahead of the other team to receive the Championship Trophy from Air Marshal KolithaGunatilleke, whilst SLAF Base Katunayaka team (415.83) led by Squadron Leader BHKK Senevirathna and SLAF Base Vavunaya Team  (391.88) led by Flying Officer PDMC Thennakoon became second and third respectively.

    The Band Competition was held between the Military Band of the Red Wing of SLAF Base Katunayake and the military band of SLAF Academy China Bay.

    The SLAF has a total of 4 military bands. The first Military band was formed on the 1st of July 1970 and was divided into two in 2002. Known as the Band A and Band B initially, they were later renamed as Red Wing and Green Wing in 2005. In 2007 in order to reduce the burden on the two military bands and to meet the requirement of the passing out parades and other ceremonial activities of the basic training establishment of the SLAF a third Military band was formed and based permanently in Diyatalawa. Similarly with the re-establishing of the SLAF Academy in China bay, the need for a fourth Military Band arose and thus the Military Band of China Bay was formed in 2009.

    Today, the two bands in the finals put on a combined display of music and drill at SLAF Katunayake and entertained the audience with their precision moves and quick tempo music. However though both bands were equally good, one always will do better and it was the band from SLAF Academy China Bay Which won the Inter Unit Band Competition, whilst Red Wing of SLAF Base Katunayake became the runners up.

    Chief of Staff of Air Force Air Vice Marshal GaganBulathsinghala, members of the Air Force Board of Management, Actg Base Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force Base KatunayakeGpCapt ND Rathnayake, senior Officers, Officers and other ranks were also present at this occasion.

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