The Band of the Royal Military College of Canada

The Band of the Royal Military College of Canada was founded in 1953. Starting as a Bagpipe and Highland ensemble, it has since grown to include a Brass and Reed Section, a Choir, and a section of Highland Dancers. The RMC Band is now one of the largest voluntary bands in the Canadian Forces.

Professional military musicians provide most of the musical instruction to the Cadets. Much of the Band organisation and administration is carried out by Officer Cadets in their third and fourth years; the Cadet Wing Band Officer, his deputy and five section heads are all under the guidance of the Band Officer.

The RMC Band plays a very active and important roll in the College life, providing the music for all parades and military functions. The Band has gained wide popularity through its participation in various public performances, shows, and parades such as the Oktoberfest in Kitchener-Waterloo, the annual charity concert at the Kingston Grand Theatre, the Vanier Cup at the Skydome and various other performances in our immediate geographical area. The Band has also helped reinforce the College's proud reputation across North America by travelling to places such as The United States Military Academy at West Point, The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, and even Disney World in Florida.

In addition to carrying the normal heavy course load of full-time university programs and military athletics, the Officer Cadets in the Band devote many free hours to practices and rehearsals. Through their continued efforts and talents, they are directly responsible for the Band's solid musical reputation.

Contacts

Name Telephone Email
RMC Band Officer: MWO Daniel Smith (613) 541-6000, ext 6262 Daniel.smith@rmc.ca
RMC Bandmaster: WO Catherine Norris (613) 541-6000, ext 6289 Catherine.norris@rmc.ca
Fax: (613) 541-6817

Pipes and Drums Section

The Pipes and Drums Section is comprised of approximately 35 pipers and 35 drummers. Basic instruction on bagpipes and drums is provided by two professional CF musicians.

Brass and Reed Section

The Brass and Reed Section has a membership of approximately 50 musicians. Instruments are supplied and include flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, french horn, euphonium, tuba keyboard and percussion. Rehearsals are directed by a professional CF musician.

Highland Dance Section

The Highland Dance Section performs with the Pipes and Drums Section. Previous experience, although welcome, is not necessary as novice instruction is available. There are approximately 20 dancers in the Section.

Choir

The RMC Choir has approximately 40 members.

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