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Governor General's Foot Guards Band at St. Pauls Feb 7th


The Regimental Band of the Governor General’s Foot Guards performed to a full house at St. Paul's on February 7th. The concert was a hit! See this You Tube link to a comedic moment in the performance.

 

The Regimental Band of the Governor General’s Foot Guards Band performed at St. Paul’s United Church in Perth on Saturday February 7 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 included a variety of repertoire for concert band including numbers for band and organ involving St. Paul’s Director of Music, Brad Mills.  Mills has two connections with the band.  His son, Greg Upham-Mills plays percussion in the ensemble, and he has known their conductor, Lt-Col. Chilton-Mackay, in music education circles.