Central Band promotes the CAF through music

Band students play on stage.
Band students at École Publique de la Salle had the opportunity to play their competition piece with the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces (CBCAF). Photo: CBCAF

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By Sgt Meaghan Allen, Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces – Guard of Honour News

Keeping in line with Canada’s new Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) embarked on a National Capital Region (NCR)-wide high school concert tour at the beginning of February.

During the four days of performances, the band performed for and engaged over 1000 students. Their program featured some of the band’s spectacular talent, giving students a glimpse into what a life in the CAF could offer. Students also had the chance to grab some promotional material provided by the local CAF Recruiting Centre.

Under the direction of Captain John Fullerton, the Central Band tackled a challenging mix of music to the delight of the students and teachers. “It’s amazing to be able to have a free, professional concert and have our students be exposed to such high quality wind band music” declared Ms Bourdages of l’École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges. At École Publique de la Salle, band students had the opportunity to play their competition piece with the Central Band.

Featured on the program were several musicians, including the band’s new French Horn player, Corporal Patrick Cauthers, who performed the first movement from Strauss’s First Horn Concerto. The percussion section took centre stage in ‘Night on Fire’, making a very challenging piece sound and look easy. Additionally, the band performed a beautiful arrangement of the Irish Tune ‘Londonderry Air’ from County Londonderry, and John Williams’ ‘Midway March’.

The Central Band supports over 500 engagements every year, and are the first call for all Governor General, Government of Canada and CAF musical requirements in the NCR. Given their busy schedule, the opportunity to perform and interact with young people is always an honour. For most of the students, the band is their first exposure to the CAF, which makes these performances more meaningful for the members.

Highlights for the band every year include the RCMP sunset ceremonies, Fortissimo, We Will Remember (Remembrance Day performance) at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, and the holiday concerts at Centrepointe Theatre.

If you would like to learn more about the band and keep up to date on its activities, follow them on their Facebook page.

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