Auditions - Ceremonial Guard

Successful candidates that do not presently serve with a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) unit will be enlisted into the CAF Primary Reserve.

For Pipers and Drummers only: You must be a minimum Grade 3 competitive piper or drummer (or equivalent).

Procedure

Applying for a position in the Band of the Ceremonial Guard is a four-phase process that begins after the instrumental competition is announced by the Ceremonial Guard.

PHASE I – Audition Application

All candidates will submit an audition application to the Ceremonial Guard. The audition application must be submitted by e-mail or fax before the deadline announced on the form. The application must be accompanied by a musical résumé.

If you have any questions or inquiries, contact us by email at CGBand@forces.gc.ca.

PHASE II – Recorded Audition

Candidates not currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces will receive an invitation for live auditions via email. Please have a look on the audition tour schedule for the dates and locations.

PRes candidates who have submitted an audition application before the deadline are invited to submit a video recorded audition. We will accept various methods of video delivery. If you prefer to mail us your video (on a DVD or USB stick), please send the video to the following address:

Band of the Ceremonial Guard
C/O Director of Music
6th Floor, CFHCC
1745 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K2

As well, your video can be created using your own “YouTube” account, and a link to your video can be sent to cgbanddmus@gmail.com. All videos must be received by November 30th, 2018. You will receive a confirmation email indicating that we have received your recording. If you have not received this confirmation by December 5th, 2018, contact the Band office at 1-877-858-3205.

The video must include;

  • Presentation of yourself (name, audition number, secondary instrument if applicable)
  • Rank, service number and unit
  • 2 contrasting pieces of your choice
  • 1 piccolo piece for flute players
  • 1 snare piece and 1 mallet piece for percussionists
  • 1 piece on a secondary instrument (optional)

For pipers please provide a recording of the following;

  • Presentation of yourself (name, audition number)
  • Rank, service number and unit
  • Slow march (2pts) into 6/8 march (4pts)
  • 4/4 march (4pts). Applicants will march to this
  • The Flowers of the Forest (music can be supplied at request)
  • Strathspey/Reel/Jig (2pts each)

For Highland Snare Drummers;

  • Presentation of yourself (name, audition number)
  • Rank, Service number and Unit for PRes applicants
  • 6/8 march (4pts)
  • 4/4 march (4pts)
  • 2/4 March/Strathspey/Reel (2pts each)
  • Jig (4 pts)

Please do not send general emails to the cgbanddmus@gmail.com account as this will not be monitored regularly. Any email inquiries regarding the audition process can be sent to cgband@forces.gc.ca.

The audition committee will create a merit list based on audition results. Candidates who do not meet the musical standard will be informed by email. Successful candidates will be invited for the next phase, the live audition process.

PHASE III – Live Audition

Each year the Ceremonial Guard auditions musicians from across Canada. Non-military candidates will be invited to audition in a city in the province where they reside. The audition schedule will be published on this website in November.

During the 20 minute audition, candidates will perform two contrasting pieces of their choice, scales, and sight reading. The audition will be followed by an interview.

The audition committee will create a merit list based on audition results. Candidates who do not meet the musical standard may be informed during any point of the audition process.

Band of the Ceremonial Guard Audition tour

Brass & Reeds

12-13 November 2019 - Toronto, ON

14 November 2019 - Kitchener, ON

15 November 2019 - London, ON

17 November 2019 - St John’s, NFDLD

18 November 2019 - Sackville, NB

19 November 2019 - Charlottetown, PEI

20 November 2019 - Halifax, NS

21 November 2019 - Montreal, QC

22 November 2019 - Ottawa, ON

25 November 2019 - Victoria, BC

26 November 2019 - Vancouver, BC

27 November 2019 - Edmonton, AB

27 November 2019 - Calgary, AB

29 November 2019 - Winnipeg, MB

Pipes & Drums

5 November 2019 – Halifax, NS

12 November 2019 – Windsor, ON

13 November 2019 – Hamilton, ON

14 November 2019 – Cambridge, ON

15 November 2019 – Toronto, ON

19 November 2019 – Winnipeg, MB

20 November 2019 – Calgary, AB

21 November 2019 – Vancouver, BC

22 November 2019 – Victoria, BC

25 November 2019 – Ottawa, ON (and surrounding area)

26 November 2019 – Montreal, QC

Please note, this schedule is subject to change without notice.

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PHASE IV – Final Selection

The final selection will be conducted by the Staff of the Band of the Ceremonial Guard based on two factors: the instrumental requirements of the Band of the Ceremonial Guard and the audition merit list. The audition results will be published on this site.

Civilian candidates who succeed at the live audition are sent to a local Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre for processing. Upon successful completion of all Recruiting Centre requirements, the candidate is then offered a firm commitment with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard.

Reservists who succeed at the live audition will be tasked to the Band of the Ceremonial Guard through their chain of command.

Questions should be addressed to the Band Sergeant-Major, Master Warrant Officer Michel Simard at 1-877-858-3205.

Audition Results

Accepted: Brass & Reeds

3,4,5,6,10,11,13,14,15,17,18,19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 30, 32, 35, 40, 41, 43, 48, 49, 50, 54, 55, 61, 64, 65, 67, 69, 70, 74, 75, 80, 81, 84, 85, 87, 88, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 101, 102, 105, 107, 109, 118, 119, 121,123, 124, 128, 129, 130, 131, 136, 140, 141, 143, 144, 145, 146, 148, 149, 152, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 166, 167, 169, 172, 173, 174, 176, 180, 184, 185, 187, 193, 195, 202, 207.

On Stand By: Brass & Reeds

9, 33, 45, 51, 52, 53, 59, 60, 68, 76, 77, 78, 86, 89, 104, 112, 113, 120, 126, 135, 147, 151, 156, 157, 168, 170, 171, 175, 177, 179, 181, 182, 202.

Accepted: Pipes & Drums

7, 8, 16, 31, 36, 38, 46, 47, 62, 66, 71, 79, 103, 114, 115, 116, 132, 133, 138, 155, 188, 189, 191, 192, 194, 196, 197, 198, 199, 201, 203, 204.

On Stand By: Pipes & Drums

12, 21, 27, 28, 29, 34, 37, 42, 72, 190, 200.

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