Music remains a large part of military culture and heritage. In addition to the Royal Canadian Air Force Band, there are a number of individual Canadian Base Bands that play an important role in their communities:
Cold Lake (4 Wing) RCAF, has two: 4 Wing Band (Brass/Reed) and 4 Wing Pipes and Drums. “Bagpipes have been a part of Cold Lake since the base’s earliest days. Following a 7-year absence, the 4 Wing Pipes and Drums were reformed in 2014 to support the Wing’s 60th Anniversary activities. Since then they’ve played in many local military and civilian parades, dinners, and concerts including the 60th Anniversary Freedom of the City parade, the Canadian Cruiserweight Boxing Championship, and Johnny Reid’s concert in Cold Lake.”
The Regimental Pipes & Drums of the Calgary Highlanders has worked to produce high quality performances at requested military and civilian functions; they attend all requested Regimental parades and perform for member of the Regiment at celebratory functions. They’re committed to developing a feeder system of young musicians.
Each year on the first Sunday in December, HMCS Tecumseh (Calgary) “opens its doors to the public, friends, family and the military community, to come together for a concert celebrating the holiday spirit. The HMCS Tecumseh band is joined by the cadet bands of 604 MOOSE and RCSCC UNDAUNTED.
For over 18 years this family-friendly concert has entertained thousands who come together to support local charities. Tecumseh has raised a total of $13,864.00 for the Calgary Poppy Fund, collected over twenty one van loads of food for the Calgary Veteran’s Food Bank, and received over eleven van loads of unwrapped toys for Toy Mountain.”
The Royal Canadian Artillery Band (Edmonton) provides music for military parades and ceremonial occasions, formal concerts, government functions, tattoos, and special events; they perform as a 35 piece Brass/Reed Band, a 35 piece Concert Band, as well as in smaller groups (The Woodwind Quintet, the Brass Quintet, the Heavy Artillery Clarinet Quartet)
The King’s Own Calgary Regiment Band (Calgary) is “one of the two Primary Army Reserve bands in 41 Canadian Brigade Group and services the southern Alberta area. The band appears primarily as a concert and parade band which provides music for military, veterans and state functions as well as public performances throughout the year.
The band current consists of active Reserve Force members and a few volunteer members. Reservists commit to join and train on a part-time basis with the Canadian Forces. The volunteers are generally retired military members who donate their time and skills for the opportunity to perform with a high quality band in a variety of settings.”
The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Band (Edmonton) consists of both active Reserve Force members and a few volunteer members. The Regiment is a Primary Reserve infantry unit of the Canadian Forces. The “Loyal Eddies” are part of 41 Canadian Brigade Group.