36 Canadian Brigade Group Band

The 36 Canadian Brigade Group (NS) band, a voluntary musical unit that serves as the de facto Canadian Army brass and reed military band in Nova Scotia. Being part of the 36 Canadian Brigade Group, it is the only one that is operationally attached to a brigade.[1] It therefore gives musical accompaniment to all units in its jurisdiction, including regiments with regimental bands such as the 1st Battalion, Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

The band participates several activities:

Some of its first major events include Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, a ceremony it participates regularly event today.[2][3][4]

It was founded in the 70s as the Halifax Militia Band. It was converted into its present-day form in 1992 upon the creation of the brigade. Senior members of the band have included Patrick Forde,[5] who was director of music from 2001 to 2006 and the Inspector of reserve bands in Eastern Canada as well as Terry Mumford,[6] who served as assistant director of music.

LFAA BandEdit

The Land Force Atlantic Area Band was founded in 1975 in Aldershot, Nova Scotia.[7] It serves as an associated band of the 36 CBG Band. The reservist band in its early years spent summers touring throughout Eastern Canada performing in local parades while representing Land Force Atlantic Area Training Centre Aldershot and the larger Nova Scotia Militia District. Members from other atlantic area Army bands are also part of the 33-strong band, and include musicians from units such as The Prince Edward Island Regiment (RCAC), the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and the 3 Field Artillery.[8]


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  2. ^ "The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo". Altissimo!. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  3. ^ "Tattoo | Legion Magazine". legionmagazine.com. September 2007. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  4. ^ "37 years at the Tattoo". Trident Newspaper. 2017-07-24. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  5. ^ "Patrick Forde – Saxophone". Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  6. ^ "The Spinney Brothers".
  7. ^ Musical Performance in the Canadian Military: A Preliminary Analysis of an Institution
  8. ^ "PressReader.com - Your favorite newspapers and magazines". www.pressreader.com. Retrieved 2020-03-03.