One of the most admired bands in the West Midlands during the early 1960s was 'The Redcaps'. Meanwhile, in Birmingham during October, 1963 the first sell-out issue of 'Midland Beat' hit the news stands with the headline, "BRUM BEAT HITS CHARTS" - Midlands Groups on Radio and, TV too. Noticeably, provincial groups were quick to jump on the bandwagon of the new wave of R&B pioneered by The Beatles via ballroom tours and regular BBC radio shows and The Redcaps were amongst the first to cash in on the new Beat Boom as it was called.
During their musical career which spanned 1960 to 1965, The Redcaps shared the billing with "every national group you could think of - and we also backed many solo artistes who appeared at the Regan ballrooms including Gene Vincent and Stevie Wonder and was opening act for, Jerry Lee Lewis, Four Seasons, Adam Faith and The Roulettes, Dave Berry and The Cruisers and, The Beatles".
The growing reputation of The Redcaps soon earned them the name of "The Group's Group" amongst local musicians who, made a point of seeing them perform on their nights off. The twins began their musical journey via piano lessons at the age of seven and continued for five or six years until they passed their classical music exams. At the time, two other brothers in Walsall, Roy (guitar) and Ronnie Brown (vocals) were also doing the same as the Walker twins so, they approached Mick and Dave and proposed a merger into what became, in 1961 'Ronnie King and The Redcaps' - managed by Roy and Ronnie's dad. During an on-stage "misunderstanding" between Ronnie and Dave one evening at a gig in Wednesbury regarding when to come in with the vocal following an intro, Ronnie stormed off stage, never to be seen again. Following a successful apprenticeship of local gigs, the lads turned professional in 1962 and were off to Fontenet in the south of France to entertain the troops at USA army bases. The boys were playing for the regular soldiers whereas, the sergeant's mess was graced with with the the presence of Liverpool group 'Rory Storm and The Hurricanes'. On returning from France, Jimmy Richards and Roy Brown decided to call it a day and leave the group. Andy Maclachlan, the bass player with The Tremors was also the boss of Domino Sound Studio - a professional recording studio situated at number 16, High Street, Albrighton where The Redcaps (like many other Black Country groups) were to record a number of demo discs. Like The Beatles and most all other Mersey Beat groups for that matter, The Redcaps "were influenced by material not usually heard in the UK" said Mick Walker. The Redcaps were signed to Decca by Chief A & R (Artist and Repertoire) man, Dick Rowe who made a special journey from London to see them perform live at The Plaza, Handsworth.
Nevertheless, the quality of all six Redcaps' sides proved that Rowe was no slouch when it came to record production even though, as Mick Walker recalls; "Musically speaking, Dick didn't know a crotchet from a hatchet!" The Redcaps first Decca single 'Shout' was a cover of an Isley Brothers' USA hit which was then covered by 'Lulu and The Luvvers' but, some twelve months after The Redcaps' release. Mick Blythe's 'Funny Things' was covered by 'The Retreads' and their version went to Number Two in the German charts on the Fontana label. The previously mentioned Plaza ballroom in Handsworth was owned by Redcaps manager Mary Regan (or "Ma" Regan as she was affectionately known).
Ma Regan managed other groups in addition to The Redcaps and generously supplied them with the latest Vox AC30 amplifiers. The Redcaps did all this as well as fulfilling other gigs outside the Regan ballroom circuit. One fan and aspiring star who never missed a Saturday night studying The Redcaps at Bloxwich Baths was Noddy Holder who was also a classmate of lead guitarist Roy Brown at TP Riley School in Bloxwich.
As someone who, as an aspiring musician in 1963, the author has had the privilege of experiencing The Redcaps perform 'first hand' on many occasions at The Ritz and later to appear with them as a support group in The Fleetwoods at The Brum Cavern. After The Redcaps disbanded in January 1965 following an acrimonious contractual dispute with Decca records, Dave Walker went on to form a band called 'Beckett' along with Pete Oliver, Don McGinty and Colin Tomlinson and from 1965 to 1969 had a residency at the popular Rum Runner night club in Broad Street, Birmingham where brother Mick was the manager. During 2013, Mick Walker, Alan Morley and Mick Blythe, along with a local guitarist Steve Field, re-formed as 'The Salopian Dudes' - a very popular R&B band much in the same vein as Muddy Waters, The Yardbirds, Cream and Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. Acknowledgement: A special thanks to Mick Walker for agreeing to meet up with me on 18 November, 2008 at The Brasserie in Bridgnorth to be interviewed for this much awaited and exclusive Redcaps bio. To hear The Redcaps' records, type the title into your computer search engine eg: talkin about you redcaps youtube. Jazz and improvisation workshops and tuition offered to students from beginner through to expert.
This year's mission involves two separate teams - LUNA and POLARIS - who are competing against each other to design and build a probe to be sent into the stratosphere.
I have a passion for engineering, especially in the field of aerospace, therefore I felt that joining Horizon would be not only enjoyable, but would also provide me with experience relevant to the field in which my future ambitions and ideal career path lie.
I am interested in electronic engineering and aim to develop my skills through creating the circuits and sensors for the project.
I am interested in the work that this project is doing to raise the profile of the school and to make people aware of how easy it is to construct a probe, send it up into the Earth’s atmosphere and take some breath-taking photos. As a member of the Sun Chaser mission last year, I have experienced first hand the amazing things we can achieve. I wanted to join NSR because I have a very large interest in technology and also I am very passionate in building electronic things, such as my own computer and an FPV racing quadcopter. The project is exclusive to the school and will enable me amongst the few others to have an experience that many others will not achieve.
My enthusiasm for outer space reaches beyond the horizon; the Near Space Race is a great opportunity for me to explore aerospace and expand my knowledge about the outer atmosphere beyond the troposphere. I am very enthusiastic about space and engineering and as a result Horizon is the perfect opportunity to put me into difficult situations and to help develop me as a person. This is a unique project to this school and I have wanted to join it since I started the school in Year 7. Horizon is a fun and enriching experience which will allow me to expand my range of skills and use them in a practical way.
With this being the only school to have a project like this I really wanted to get in, in order to follow the process of making and then sending the balloons up into the atmosphere. The Horizon Team for 2014 - 2015 are looking to capture the sunrise over our planet and inspire others through their actions. I am interested in the work that this project is doing to raise the profile of the school and to make people aware of how easy it is to construct a probe, send it up into the earth’s atmosphere and take some breathtaking photos. I can offer several skills, including a bit of programming knowledge and public speaking (both of which will be important to my role). I plan to take A-Levels in Design, ICT and Physics since these are the main skills we need for Horizon. I am particularly passionate about the engineering involved in the project as I feel that this role will particularly complement my strengths, i.e.
I am academically strong and have competed in several competitions such as the Intermediate Maths Challenge and the Physics Olympiad for which I have achieved certificates for excellent performance. I plan to attend University at Imperial College London to study Chemical or Mechanical Engineering. I am particularly interested in the mathematical aspects of the project and teaching local primary school children about the Sun and our Solar System. I am fascinated by Space and couldn't pass up the chance to be a part of such an ambitious mission. I enjoy singing in the Choir and I am learning to programme (Horizon has a very steep learning curve!).
As an aspiring engineer the idea of being able to be a part of a team and project with such high aspirations in my area of interest is incredible. Before I joined Queen Mary’s sixth form, I was the team leader of a project at my previous school called Greenpower. When I finish my A-levels, I hope to go to university (Imperial College London) to study Mechanical Engineering. Mainly the media and publicity side, I enjoy trying to gain more publicity and letting everyone else know what is going on so far. I regularly write reports and talk in front of large groups, as part of my role as a member of the Youth Parliament. During the summer I completed a work experience placement at UTC Aerospace Systems Ltd, which included a lot of mathematical modelling. I play netball on a weekly basis and I am currently studying Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics at A-Level, but I am particularly interested in Mathematics and Physics. I am particularly passionate about the astronomy aspects of the project; I love the idea of being part of this wonderful team, which with the use of complex mathematics and science, will create such a beautiful, yet simple in its nature, image. At my previous school I was a prefect, and a member of the school council for 5 consecutive years, which acted a bridge between the teachers, pupils and the community. At the moment I am part of the senior drama production and I am helping to start the polish club. The Horizon Team for 2013 - 2014 are taking on a big challenge and aiming to beat the altitude achieved by Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos Team (39045m).
The project is on a different scale to most of the other projects at school and gives me lots of opportunities to think creatively and get experience working as part of a large team.
I am looking into University courses but haven't made my mind up as to the direction I want to take after my A-Levels. I loved the idea of being a part of a project which would be sending a probe into 'near space' and seeing the photos from far above the surface of the planet knowing that I had been a part of making it happen. I hope to study Economics at a Russell Group University such as the London School of Economics. I am working my way through the founding principles of Physics and attempting as many proofs as I can.
I am fascinated by space and couldn't pass up the chance to be a part of a 'near-space' project. I enjoy singing in the Choir and I am learning to porgramme (Horizon has a very steep learning curve!). I have always had an interest in aviation and things that fly, so the opportunity to be involved in a project which built a craft destined for 'near space' was too good too miss.
I aim to study Aviation with commercial pilot training at Buckinghamshire New University after I finish my A-Levels. As an aspiring engineer being able to be a part of a team and project with such high aspirations in my area of interest is incredible.
Before I joined the sixth form at Queen Mary’s Grammar School I was the team leader of a project at my previous school called Greenpower. When I finish my A-levels, I hope to go off to university (Imperial College London) and gain a masters degree in Engineering. I enjoy hockey, play the paino and take part in investment competitions (I am currently participating in 'Shares 4 Schools'). I am fascinated by coding and electronics and the project was a superb opportunity to combine two interests whilst being a part of a team doing something particularly special. After my GCSEs I plan to take Computing, Design & Technology, Mathematics and Physics with a view to studying Aeronautical Engineering.
I was interested in several aspects of the project: electronics, meteorology, programming and radio communications. I build my own electronics projects (most recently, a small scale amplifier with speaker) and I am an active member of the CCF. The Horizon Team for 2012 - 2013 founded Project Horizon, taking on a incredibly ambitious project and working with team mates that they met for the first time on the project.

I installed custom firmware on our Canon A560 digital camera and set up a script to automate the camera in flight. I took photos of launch preparations for the test launch and took part in the retrieval attempt. I pursued numerous potential sponsors, tried to obtain an HD Video Camera and helped raise funds for the project.
I helped plan strategies for fund raising, planned the project's publicity campaigns (with the help of Holly Humphries) and was the project's first point of contact for the media. I helped plan strategies for fund raising, assisted Siman Nijar with the first publicity campaign and helped organise the first Samosa Sale. I was involved in planning strategies for fund raising, assisted with the Samosa Sale and helped out the Balloon Team with launch preparations. I designed and built the airframe for Horizon 1 and 2 with Aaron Boden(which I'm proud to say survived all flight attempts, crashes and landings intact).
I helped build the project's fill pipe for transporting the gas from the cylinder to the balloon. I researched the meteorological aspects of the project and gave weather predictions for the flights. I designed and built the airframe for Horizon 1 and 2 with Manpreet Jeerh(which I'm proud to say survived all flight attempts, crashes and landings intact). I helped Joe Hodgkinson with the Horizon Flight Computer but I was mainly responsible for the smartphone tracker and helping to test the different tracking technologies on board the probe. We are based in the multi-million pound Performance Hub building, situated on the Walsall campus of the University of Wolverhampton.
The performing arts classes are split into the three disciplines; singing, dancing and acting.
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The course will again return to the All Steinway Performance Hub in the West Midlands, with masterclasses, tutor recitals, student concerts, and presentations on offer, plus a lively social scene.
Read all about it – the Summer School for Pianists is featured in the latest issue of Pianist Magazine. Another highlight this year will be a presentation on the subject of Baroque Dance, given by Ruth Waterman, a dance expert and and niece of Leeds Piano Competition founder Dame Fanny Waterman. Known as a "groups group", The Redcaps were a big influence on many young local musicians at the time. This revolution was actually born in the mid-1950's USA with the proliferation of black American rhythm & blues and its 'discovery' by white teenagers on both sides of the Atlantic. We lost Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran, Elvis Presley was in the army, Chuck Berry was in jail, Little Richard threw in the towel in favour of preaching and Jerry Lee Lewis had fallen from grace for marrying his 13 year old second cousin! The first incarnation of Walsall group, The Redcaps, was twin brothers Mick and Dave Walker who, like all other young musicians of the period, had cut their teeth playing skiffle under the inevitable influences of Lonnie Donegan, The Vipers Skiffle Group, and Chas Mc Devitt and his Skiffle Group - to name but three. Walsall drummer Jimmy Richards and saxophonist Mac Broadhurst from Norton Canes completed the line up.
Every Saturday night they played at Bloxwich Baths and every Tuesday and Thursday at Mid Cannock Miners Club. Mick said; "It was just as tough as those gigs in Germany that all the other groups of the era talk about. This group had a drummer by the name of Richard Starkey who went on to discover fame and fortune with 'The Beatles'. They were replaced by Alan Morley from Blackheath on drums and Mick Blythe from Albrighton on lead guitar.
This signing was several months before the aforementioned Norrie Paramor 'Brumbeat' campaign. The flip side of The Redcaps' version was 'Little Things You Do' written by Mick and Dave Walker and then lead guitarist, Roy Brown - marking the boys' first foray into serious songwriting. The A-side was a cover of Chuck Berry's hit and the B-side by Bert Burns of the Isley Brothers.
Before the trio of Vox amplifiers though, The Redcaps, like all other groups of the time, originally assembled their own home made sound systems from basic Linear amplifiers (manufactured by Northern Transformers Ltd) coupled with home made speaker cabinets until they could afford Vox, Fender or Selmer amplifiers. As for guitars and bass, Mick said; "We started with Hofners, then Burns, Fenders and finally Gibson".
Drummer Alan Morley was reported in 'Midland Beat' as continually expressing his displeasure about the constant dismantling and assembling his drum kit.
Noddy would socialise with the group during the break picking up useful tips which have obviously put him in good stead for his future career with with The Memphis Cutouts, Steve Brett and The Mavericks, The 'N Betweens and Slade. I have to say that they WERE special and it was well worth going out of your way to see them perform. People still come up to me with their collections of Redcaps memorabillia and ask me to autograph it. In the 1970's Dave went on to play with The Idle Race, Savoy Brown, Fleetwood Mac, and Black Sabbath.
He has since worked as a movie stuntman and also as a personal bodyguard to both Elton John and Freddie Mercury. He has also played in various groups with Mac Broadhurst who now lives in Burton Upon Trent.
All of the 'Dudes' are excellent musicians and articulate purveyors of purist 'Chicago Blues' which is proving immensely popular wherever they perform.
Also, his wife Mirta for the provision of the 'priceless' photographs of The Redcaps at a live gig. Both teams will be given training and guidance but they will ultimately decide what goes in their probes and how they promote their project. I am good at planning and organisation and felt that I would enjoy the challenge of a bigger project, such as Horizon to develop practical skills in these areas. I’m also interested in the footage the project has acquired as well as the technical aspects involved in doing so. Being in the project last year I contributed to all the project videos, I am looking forward to reclaiming my role on the team and doing this again. Horizon is a unique opportunity to further develop skills that would serve me well in my chosen career path and hopefully our passion will shine through and our team’s result will be just as stunning as previous years. The project is also relevant to the career path I intend to go into (commercial pilot) therefore giving me a great opportunity to get one step closer to the career whilst being at school. I hope that I learn a lot of engineering skills that I can put in to practise later on in life. I also want the opportunity to participate in a project that is well-known locally and even nationally. They will be bringing some of the wonder and science behind the project to a local primary school in the form of a small science outreach programme.
Outside of school I am a member of the Salvation Army Brass Band (in Willenhall), the President of French Club (2014-2015), a Retail Assistant at Farmfoods, a Volunteer at Barnardo’s (in Walsall) and a Science Mentor. I am organised, always willing to learn and I plan to contribute to the academic aspects of the project.
During the Beat Felix Mission I built the flight computer for Hadfield and was involved in two of the launches. It is also a fantastic opportunity to build on the skills I have already developed during the Beat Felix Mission such as Amateur Radio, Electronics, Programming and Soldering.
I hope to study Medicine at University and I have an interest in the effects of the rigours of Space on Astronauts’ bodies. The project itself interested me because it is very electrically based- I wish to develop my electrical engineering skills here to have a better understanding for the future.
It was a project in which you designed, built and raced your own electrical kit car that you raced around different tracks across the country. I would then like to hopefully either spend my 3rd year working in industry for experience or to study abroad at one of the university’s linked institutions.
The model will enable us to predict the time at which the sun will be visible above the horizon and therefore, when best to launch our probe. I’ve taken part in numerous mathematics competitions and achieved Gold in the Physics Olympiad. I think that sending a probe into near space and filming the journey will be both an exciting challenge and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
By rising above the Earth – to the top of the atmosphere and beyond – we can start the world we live in. I will use the skills I developed to make the media and publicity team organised, passionate, and most importantly, fun!
Outside of school, I enjoy sports, reading, baking and I am also a member of the Pathfinders Scouting club, where I am a junior master guide. After I finish my A levels, I hope to study medicine at university, and specialise in neurology. We're trying to build a leaner circuit with a boosted power supply in order to lower its weight. It's one of the key systems for the project and we are aiming to reduce its weight by using a smaller, boosted power supply and reducing the size through careful circuit design.
It is also a fantastic opportunity to gain new skills that would be transferrable to other projects. The project interested me because it has a strong electronics element and I want to develop my understanding of electrical engineering. It was a project in which you designed, built and raced your own electrical kit car around different tracks around the country. After my masters I would then like to either spend my 3rd year working in a business for experience or to study abroad at one of the university's linked institutions. The project struck me a a fantastic opportunity to become a part of something that requires more than just academic skills.
It gives me the opportunity to work with a large team and come up with creative forms of fundraising. We've got a lot of work to do as we'll be integrating all of the sensors which the last team tested and adding a clock circuit into the mix. It is the electronics and programming aspects that really interested me and led to me applying.

They launched the project's test flight 'Horizon 1' and took the first High Definition footage of the Stratosphere with Horizon 2. During the test launch I helped out with general assisted the Balloon Team, took photos and uploaded tweets. I helped the Balloon Team a lot with launch preparations for test launch and got to release the Horizon 1 probe into flight.
I also tested the parachute system to ensure the parachute was balanced and would function well during the descent. I planned and implemented most of the project procedures, such as the preflight check list.
I tested the parachute system to ensure the parachute was balanced and would function well during the descent. I got the GPS and radio modules to communicate with the Arduino and collaborated on the software.
We were the first to test the GPS module and we successfully connected all of the sensors to the Arduino and took readings. The school is suitable for all abilities whether the aim is to pursue a career in the arts or to learn some new skills to perform to family and friends. At the end of each term, all students perform in a show in the theatre to which all parents are invited.
With 7 months to go and only a few places left in the classes, this year we have delegates coming from Australia and the United States as well as our long-standing course members from  Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the UK. Alternatively, sign up as an observer, where you can sit in on all classes, lectures, concerts and social events.
Each evening one of the tutors gives a recital in the Performance Hub. Repertoire in 2015 will include works by Couperin, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Liszt, Schumann,  Sorabji, Scriabin, Debussy and Busoni.
And I’ve found that there are so many people turning to music in the middle part of their lives. 1960 to 1962 was a fallow period for exciting music but, it probably cleared the decks for arrival of the breath of fresh air!
They were no longer a "him and them" type group but, a self contained unit - just like The Beatles - who they went on to support on four separate occasions. Whilst there, the Cuban missile crisis kicked off and the Commander in charge said that they would be conscripted into the US army. In March 1964, the aforementioned Midland Beat had carried an advert inviting people to join the 'Official Redcaps Fan Club'.
Rowe was the man famous (or infamous) for turning down The Beatles at a Decca recording test on New Year's Day 1962 - on the grounds that; "Four-piece groups with guitars are finished" but, he redeemed himself by signing 'Brian Poole and The Tremolos' and 'The Rolling Stones'. The third Decca single titled 'Funny Things' was written by new lead guitarist Mick Blythe in the van on the journey to London and the B-side 'Mighty Fine Girl' was composed by Chris Andrews perhaps better known for his 1965 hit 'Yesterday Man'. I told Mick Walker that my favourite Redcaps side was 'Talkin' About You' and asked him how it was recorded. She was ably assisted by her husband Joe Regan who always acted as MC when international groups appeared at one of the ballrooms.
With each venue also having the latest state of the art PA systems the sound quality was first class for the time.
Compared with guitarists and bass players, who really just plug and play, drums on the other hand are a tedious operation, to say the least! As well as along with his bandmates, being a serious musician, Mick Walker started to emerge as a comedian and would augment the group's set-list with his unique brand of humour which earned them the nickname of "The Madcaps".
It was great travelling all over the country with a van covered with messages scrawled in lipstick.
He is still in the music business and now lives, plays and records as 'The Dave Walker Band' in America. Mick has worked on BBC comedy shows with Tom O'Connor and, up to his retirement a couple of years ago, was in much demand working as an after dinner speaker. Each team will also be working towards achieving their own aims that they have incorporated into the overall mission. They will also be developing a mathematical model to predict the time of the sun rise as seen from the Stratosphere. I am part of the QMGS Studio School Mentoring Scheme, the School Band, the School Choir and the School Librarian Volunteer Staff. The additional new aim of trying to catch the glimpse of a sunrise was extremely fascinating.
This experience in electrics and engineering, along with my previous experience as part of last year’s project, set me up brilliantly to get my place on the team and play a role in the project. Within school I am part of the 3rd XI hockey team, I am a mentor both in school and at the studio school in Walsall and I also take part in the schools CCF. Previously, in my old school, I was part of the astronomy club, debating society, drama and music scholars. On launch days I'll be testing the flight computer and making sure that it is working properly.
The challenge of trying to attain Felix Baumgartner's altitude was extremely interesting to me as it would be incredible to be a part of a small scale project which took on such a large scale project. This experience in electrics and engineering set me up brilliantly to get my place on the Beat Felix team and play a role in the project.
I am part of the 3rd XI hockey team, I am a mentor both in school and at the studio school in Walsall and I am also a member of the CCF. Horizon 1 was the 44th Highest World Amateur Altitude Record, reaching an altitude of 34368m.
I helped to set up and test 'Horizon TV' with Joe France and we broadcast the second launch attempt (which unfortunately didn't go to plan). I looked into problems we were likely to encounter and designed ways of avoiding them or solutions should the worst happen.
I was in charge of tracking the radio signal of both probes and took part in all launches and retrievals. I also helped with the extensive testing of the different tracking technologies on board the probe. Unfortunately getting the SD Card reader to work with the software library was very challenging and meant that the sensor array could not fly on Horizon 2. Lessons in the arts are fun, exciting and ideal for building confidence and enhancing the imagination.
The twins bought two cheap second hand acoustic guitars and, along with a couple of mates who played tea chest bass and basic drums, began the inevitable foray into the skiffle craze whilst at its peak in 1957. Remember, in those days Cannock was a thriving coal mining community and the social club was the focus of the community seven nights a week. Roy Brown left the group for health reasons after the second single and was replaced in May, 1964 by Mick Blythe from Albrighton group 'The Tremors' who started out as a skiffle group in the late 1950s called 'Red Rebel'. The ad was posted by fan club secretary Cheryl Skipp from Handsworth in Birmingham not far from their regular haunt, The Plaza. Much of the elusive American material was brought in by merchant seamen via Liverpool docks which culminated in the famous and unique Mersey Sound" said Mick.
The Regan ballrooms were open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 8.00 pm until late and regularly featured top chart groups and solo artists from the UK and USA. Over the years, Alan has continued to play in various bands such as, Stan Web's Chicken Shack, and today he drums with a local functions band called 'Rock Steady'. I can offer several skills, including programming knowledge and public speaking, both of which will be important to my role. There will be two early morning flights in total during the Spring and Summer of 2015 with a secondary goal of flying both CASSiE, the UK Space Mascot, and our partner primary school's mascot. I am currently studying Computing, Further Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics at A-Level. I also feel that as an aspiring engineer I can hopefully bring my enthusiasm and drive to do well in this field to help further the project as much as I can. I wish to eventually be an aerodynamicist or design engineer for a team like McLaren or Red Bull in the Formula 1 industry. I am currently studying Mathematics and Physics at A-Level which may help me with aspects of the project.
They are redesigning the project's flight computer, reducing its size and lowering its power consumption. I'm also keen to bring my enthusiasm and drive to this project and see how far we can take it.
Outside of school I am heavily involved in the scouting community - a young leader at my group and soon to be a unit leader when I turn 18. I wish to eventually be an Aerodynamicist or Design Engineer for a team like McLaren or Red Bull in the Formula 1 industry. The team developed the project's first flight computer, began the work on the sensor array, re-wrote the firmware of a Canon A560 digital camera so that it would operate autonomously, developed and built the airframe for Horizon 1 & 2, raised half of the project's budget, set up the project's twitter account, founded the first 'Project Horizon' website, established the system of preflight checks and set up 'Horizon TV', our live online video stream.
I helped construct the first radio antenna for the flight computer (which took several attempts and a lot of patience). I was also given care of the 'arboreal retrieval device' (known to all of us as 'The Halberd'). As we have done most of the background work the Sensor Array should be ready to fly on Horizon 3 once the SD Card issue resolved.
Other names to emerge from The Tremors were Johnny O'Hara (The Californians), Mac Bailey (Tommy Burton) and Martin de Vries (The Strollers).
The team will be designing and building the probe as well as building their own flight computer and a beacon to help us locate the probe when it lands. Outside of school I am heavily involved in the scouting community and am the Explorer Leader of my group. They are also finishing the work on the sensor array that was started by the first Horizon Team. What the team achieved was amazing, realising a dream and carving themselves a place in the history of the school .
A new version of the website is being designed and new fund raising events are being planned.

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