Since the first held on May 14th, 1906, the Annual Cadet Inspection is the final and most significant event on the cadet and school calendars. Large crowds of Old Boys, parents and friends of St. Andrew's gather to watch this impressive and colourful ceremony.
The parade starts as the Regimental Sergeant Major takes his place in the centre of the Quadrangle and calls on the bugler to sound the fall in. Led by the Pipes and Drums, the Battalion marches onto the Quad, falls in, and dresses before the Cadet Officers fall-in and the Flag Party marches into place and all await the arrival of the Reviewing Officer. The formal Inspection by the Reviewing Party is followed by a march past in column of route and an advance in review order. The battalion marches off the parade while various cadets demonstrate activities representative of the cadet training program, including the always popular Pipe and Drum performance. The Corps returns to the quad for an address by the Reviewing Officer and presentations made to:
For detailed instructions for the Review, see Mounting the Review.
104th Annual Cadet
The 104th Annual Cadet Inspection once again proved to be the highlight of the Cadet Corps training year. Attended by a seemingly record breaking number of guests, the VIP section spread out on both sides of the reviewing platform this year and included current and retired military personnel, old boys and special guests. The Reviewing Officer this year was HLCol John Newman, the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 48th Highlanders of Canada. HLCol Newman spent his entire business career in the investment banking business and retired as Deputy Chairman of Prudential Securities.
The day began with the opening Chapel service, following which the Regimental Sergeant-Major, Adam Moryto organized the companies behind Flavelle House. Adjutant c/Maj Nameer Rizvi was in charge of the Officers, who were promenading along the quad while the parade began the march on routine. Once the parade was in place on the quad, the Deputy Commanding Officer, c/Maj Brian King took over the proceedings and fell in the Officers. The Cadet Commanding Officer, c/Philip Whitfield then arrived on to the quadrangle parade square and the Flag Party, under the command of WO Raymond Chau, were marched on to the Regimental March, Highland Laddie played by the Pipes and Drums.
This year’s winner of the Ellsworth Trophy for Best Platoon was Platoon 1, Sifton Company under the command of Lt Francois Toupin and WO Will Reive. Laidlaw Company, under the command of Capt Drake McCleave and CSM Brendon Hewko were the proud winners of the Brian G. Armstrong Trophy for Best Company. Other award winners included LCpl Eric Kimmerer (IODE trophy for best middle school Cadet), Lt Andy Mok (HL Crowe for top marksman) and LCpl Alex Seto (Aubrey M Foy prize for best middle school piper). Lt Andy Mok also was presented the Legion Medal of Excellence for his outstanding efforts in community service and Army Cadet training. Eight Cadets this year completed their National Star certifications and ten Duke of Edinburgh’s Award medals were presented by Ms Jill Hermant, the Executive Director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Ontario office.
An important part of the presentations come from the Pipes and Drums and the Military Band. Pipe Major Mitchell Arnold, Drum Major Martin Robertson and Drum Sergeant Michael Anderson led the Pipes and Drums through an impressive performance. This year once again, the military band was on the parade square under command of cLt Jason Park, CSM Jack Bang and Drum Major Ryan Cathers. Congratulations to both bands for their fine performances.
As the day grew to a close, the seniors were undoubtedly thinking about the traditional Cadet Formal which took place that evening at the CN Tower restaurant. After such a tremendous day it seemed only fitting to finish the year at the top of the world.
Congratulations to all graduating Officers and NCMs for a strong year and best of luck in your future endeavours.
Check our Corps Calendar for the date of the next Annual Cadet Review.