After being reintroduced in 2016 as an ensemble of the RCAF Band, the Wind Ensemble is quickly gaining a reputation for innovation and musical excellence. The Wind Ensemble has performed in Winnipeg and throughout Canada and continues to raise the profile of the RCAF. Notable international engagements include acting as the Queen’s Guard Band in London, in July 2018, and being part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, in June 2019.
The Wind ensemble is dedicated to the next generation of Canadian musicians and often performs at schools and band festivals across the country, aiming to inspire and educate students of all ages.
The professional musicians that make up the core of the Wind ensemble hail from all over Canada and have been trained at Canada’s finest musical institutions. With such training, members are able to display great versatility in style ranging from classical and jazz, to pop and contemporary. The RCAF Band Wind Ensemble is proud to present this landmark recording of premieres, honouring Canada’s military contributions.
Jet Stream is an internationally renowned 12 piece show band. This tour-de-force does it all… Rock, Pop, Country, R&B, Funk and Disco. With a diverse repertoire of classic and recent smash-hits by superstar recording artists, Jet Stream appeals to audiences of all ages and events and can provide musical support for all types of military and government functions, schools, and community events.
Jet Stream has travelled as far east as Busan, South Korea, for the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Seoul, south to Las Vegas for the Las Vegas International Tattoo and as far north as Iqaluit, showcasing their contemporary and cutting edge approach while carrying on the important history and tradition of music in Canada’s Armed Forces.
In 2011, Jet Stream debuted their Made in Canada show, featuring songs by well-known Canadian recording artists from across Canada. This show continues to be a huge hit with audiences, especially during the yearly Canada Day celebrations and when the band travels internationally representing Canada and the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Since Made in Canada, this dynamic group has continued to create innovating and engaging performances, delighting listeners and showcasing the skill, professionalism and teamwork espoused by members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
The RCAF Brass Ensemble consists of fourteen trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba players. The group performs intricate and colourful selections drawn from orchestral and operatic repertoire as well as contemporary music rearranged to make use of the immense range of timbres which can only be produced by a large brass group. On special occasions, the addition of percussion to the ensemble creates an awe-inspiring sound which will fill any room with an air of regal prestige.
The RCAF Dixieland Band captures the old-school tradition and excitement created in New Orleans a century ago. This 6 piece ensemble ignites audiences with energetic performances of recognizable tunes featuring saxophone, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, banjo and a solid drum beat. The mobility and flexibility of their 'unplugged' instruments allows them to move about at any venue, literally taking their music to the people and surrounding them with up-beat, boisterous Dixieland standards.
Command Brass is the brass quintet of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band. The ensemble consists of two trumpets, french horn, trombone and tuba and performs a wide range of musical styles and caters to almost every type of musical audience imaginable. Command Brass supports a variety of formal functions across the continent. They are a favorite at receptions, formal dinners and VIP functions. Although the ensemble has a large repertoire of well-known classical pieces that showcase their technical prowess they also demonstrate great versatility, performing a wide array of jazz and contemporary music selections.
The Clarinet Quartet is comprised of three Bb Clarinets and one Bass Clarinet. This group performs a variety of music ranging from classical to jazz, swing, ragtime, popular and contemporary music. The Clarinet Quartet is perfect for providing ambience music during receptions, official functions, formal dinners and various indoor and outdoor events.
Buglers perform for solemn ceremonial events such as Remembrance Day, memorial services and funerals. The RCAF Band has a limited number of buglers and demand is very high during Remembrance Day season; if you would like a bugler from the RCAF Band to support your event, we recommend submitting your request as early as possible.
The RCAF Band currently has both male and female singers. Their role as individuals in ceremonies is usually restricted to singing national anthems. For special events, typically involving representatives of the Queen or government dignitaries from Canada or abroad, both vocalists may be available.
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