Governor General's Foot Guards Band - Feb 6th




Governor General’s Foot Guards Band Returns to Perth

The Governor General’s Foot Guards Band will be performing 

at St. Paul’s United Church in Perth on Saturday February 6 at 7:30 p.m. 

The 30-piece concert band is part of the most senior reserve infantry regiment in Canada, dating back to its formation in 1872.  The band is based at Cartier Square Drill Hall in downtown Ottawa. They share a close connection to the Governor General and provide music for many ceremonies in the Ottawa area, including the annual nationally televised Remembrance Day ceremony held at the War Memorial. 

 Their Director, Lt. Col. Frances Chilton-Mackay is the Staff Officer of Army Bands for all bands in the Canadian Army. She became the first female director of the ensemble in 2006.

 

The band’s full dress uniform with scarlet tunic and bearskin hat is immediately recognizable.  Many of the musicians in the ensemble play in the Ceremonial Guard band, which supports the changing of the guard ceremony on Parliament Hill during the summer months.

 The performance will include a variety of traditional, military and popular music for concert band including the Finale from Saints-Saens Symphony #3 arranged for band and organ involving St. Paul’s Director of Music, Brad Mills.

 A special segment of the concert program will feature music from the Star Wars movies, celebrating the December release of the seventh movie in the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

 Admission to the concert is free, but donations will be accepted at the door to defray the costs of advertising.

 Prospective concertgoers are invited to warm up an early February Saturday evening with the exciting sounds of brass, woodwind, percussion and organ, in the intimate and acoustically pleasant sanctuary of St. Paul’s United Church, 25 Gore Street West in Perth (http://www.stpauls-uc-perth.org).