Reservist Case Studies

Lance Corporal April Farthing,
The Band of The Yorkshire Regiment

Teacher April Farthing has two careers. She works in schools across South Yorkshire as a supply teacher.

But, in addition, April, aged 30, also serves in The Band of The Yorkshire Regiment where she is a principal cornet and bugle player as well as lead trumpet player.

She has been a reservist for eight years, performing as far afield as Ethiopia and the Falklands. During the past year she has performed across the UK as well as with 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment on Exercise Iron Wolf in Lithuania.

She said: “I really enjoy the sense of teamwork that I get from being in the Reserves. It has been great travelling the world but for me it’s the friendships that you make that are my main motivation.”

April has played the last post in ceremonies across the world but says her personal highlight was playing at the ground of her local side, Rotherham United.

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