The Ceremonial Guard
The Ceremonial Guard (CG) is an annual four to five month summer posting in Ottawa for ceremonial duties (Changing of the Guard on Parliament Hill, Mount Sentries on the National War Memorial, Guard Mount at Rideau Hall, etc.). There is a foot guard, a brass and reed band and a pipe/drum contingent,totaling about 400 members, both reservists and reg force.
The CG pipes and drums have about 24-28 positions available and is competition is high. For each of the last two years, the Seaforths have had six successful candidates participate. There is also an annual military music tattoo called Fortissimo held on Parliament Hill in August. This year we were invited and able to send a contingent of four to augment
the Massed Pipes and Drums.
Our Drum Major, WO Rob Deans, acted as Drum Major for the Massed Pipes and Drums, as well as the Massed Drum Corps portion of the show. We also provided six pipers for the beginning of the 15th Field Band’s set. They were one of the invited guest bands and as we play together a lot here in BC, they incorporated us into their entrance.