Mar. 26 Governor General's Foot Guards Band

Governor General’s Foot Guards Band Returns to St. Paul's


The Governor General’s Foot Guards Band will be performing here at St. Paul’s United Church in Perth on Sunday March 26 at 2:00 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 new Director of Music, Lt. Stefan Sikorski, holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in music from the University of Toronto, and teaches music at Ashbury College in Ottawa.


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 “Scherzo for X-Wings” and “Symphonic Suite from Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.  The Canada 150th will be celebrated with a performance of Morley Calvert’s “Canadian Folk Song Suite”.


Brad Mills, Director of Music at St. Paul’s, will join the band in several numbers on the church’s  grand piano.


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 a late March Sunday afternoon 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.



Lt. Stefan Sikorski, Music Director of the Regimental Band of the Governor General's Foot Guards

The Foot Guards Band on Tour in Bermuda, 2015.