Governor General’s Foot Guards Return to St. Paul’s - theHumm August 2019
Governor General’s Foot Guards Return to St. Paul’s - theHumm August 2019
The Regimental Band of the Governor General’s Foot Guards will be returning for their fifth concert at St. Paul’s United Church (aka the “Creative Community Hub”) in Perth, on Labour Day Sunday, September 1 at 2pm. This will be their second performance in the newly renovated sanctuary, which is air-conditioned and fully accessible.
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 National War Memorial. The band is immediately recognizable in their iconic scarlet tunics and bearskin hats.
Capt. Stefan Sikorski, the band’s director, has organized a training “exercise” at Golden Lake Camp during the Labour Day weekend. Dr. Wendy McCallum, a symphonic band specialist from the Brandon University School of Music, will work with the ensemble throughout the weekend, culminating in a concert at St. Paul’s on Sunday.
The band will showcase its different small ensembles from the flute, clarinet, saxophone and brass sections. They will also perform “programmatic” music for the entire band: a musical fantasy depicting Godzilla’s attempt to take over Las Vegas, and other exciting tunes from the cinema. The program will be rounded out with several gorgeous works written by Canadian composers.
Admission to the concert is free, but donations will be welcomed at the door with proceeds to St. Paul’s to cover advertising and promotion.
Celebrate Labour Day Sunday afternoon with the Regimental Band of the Governor General’s Foot Guards, in the air-conditioned, accessible sanctuary of St. Paul’s United Church, located at 25 Gore Street West in Perth stpaulsperth.ca .
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