14-21 Annex C - ​​Marches and Calls

Cadet Administrative and Training Orders (CATOs)


1. This annex sets out the procedures for the approval of marches and calls within the Canadian Cadet Organizations (CCO).


2. The following definitions apply:

“Call” a call is a musical composition played on a trumpet, a bugle or any other appropriate instrumentation that:

(1) musically identifies a specific cadet corps/squadron or other cadet establishment; or

(2) musically announces or orders specific timings or actions (eg, Reveille, General Salute, Last Post). (Sonnerie)

“March” a march is a musical composition or arrangement in march form that musically identifies a cadet corps/squadron or other cadet establishment. It may be in slow, quick or double time. (Marche)


3. Director Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers (D Cdts & JCR) is the approving authority for marches and calls within the CCO.

4. Marches are not kept unique to a particular cadet corps/squadron or other cadet establishment by regulation.  However, since they are signature tunes, cadet corps/squadrons or other cadet establishments should consider other users. Courtesy letters to and agreement from these users are required before a request for approbation is forwarded to D Cdts & JCR. In most cases, a separate march is more appropriate.  As a guide, compositions that are technically complex but fail to linger in the average listener's memory should be avoided. Often, folk or popular melodies are the best.

5. Calls are unique to one cadet corps/squadron or other cadet establishment.

6. Traditionally, sea cadet corps and other sea cadet establishments play the “Heart of Oak”, army cadet corps play the march of their affiliated unit and air cadet squadrons and other air cadet establishments play the “RCAF March Past”. However, cadet corps/squadrons and other cadet establishments are authorized to submit a march and/or a call to be designated as the approved march/call for their corps/squadron or other cadet establishment.

7. Normally, only one march, in quick time, may be authorized for any cadet corps/squadron or other cadet establishment. A second march, in slow time, may be authorized only where an army cadet corps is affiliated to a unit that has established a traditional right to and continual usage of such a march. A second march, in double time, may be authorized only for an army cadet corps affiliated to a rifle regiment that traditionally march past in quick and double time on those ceremonial occasions where others march past in slow and quick time.


8. Requests to adopt or change a march or call shall be forwarded through the chain of command to D Cdts 4-2-2 no later than 30 June.

9. The request shall include:

  1. a complete score;
  2. a recording of good quality; and
  3. a letter of authorization from the composer or from the owner of the rights.

10. Once a year, usually in September, a committee chaired by D Cdts 4-2 and comprised of the Regional Cadet Music Advisors (RCMA) and D Cdts 4-2-2 (secretary) will meet to vet and make recommendations on all requests to adopt or change marches and calls.

11. Recommendations will be forwarded to D Cdts & JCR. Cadet corps/squadrons and other cadet establishments will be notified of the results of their request through the chain of command.

Authorized marches and calls

12. Authorized marches and calls are listed at Appendix 1.


Appendix 1 

Marches and Calls Authorized by the Director

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