Ensembles

Musical Services Request

To request musical services from the Royal Canadian Air Force Band:

  1. Fill out the Information Request Form (PDF)
  2. Forward it to rcafband@forces.gc.ca.

In 2009 the Band embarked on an extensive and exciting musical restructuring that greatly enhanced its repertoire and relevance to better appeal to audiences of all ages. The versatility of the new Royal Canadian Air Force Band is readily evident through the number and variety of its groups and ensembles: Jet Stream, Jetliners, a Pipes and Drums of RCAF Band, Command Brass, Dixieland Band, Jazz Combos, a Celtic Band, and of course, Parade Band.

Jet Stream

Group Photo: Jet Stream

Jet Stream has quickly become one of the premier ensembles in the Royal Canadian Air Force Band. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, this internationally renowned 20 piece show band 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.

Kati Perry, Maroon 5, Bryan Adams, Kelly Clarkson, The Eagles, Shania Twain, Tom Cochrane, Pat Benatar, Trooper, Earth, Wind and Fire, KISS, Celine Dion, BTO, Jason Mraz, Cee-Lo Green, Pink, Adele, Great Big Sea, Journey, Styx, U2, The Beatles, Sam and Dave, Billy Joel and more.

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.

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. Whether at home or abroad, their mandate remains: to representCanada’s Armed Forces by providing the highest quality of music possible.

Jetliners

Jetliners in action

Jetliners, is the large jazz orchestra of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band. This 18-member ensemble plays all big band styles with a repertoire that includes compositions and arrangements by contemporary jazz giants like Rob McConnell, Gordon Goodwin, Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Pat Metheny and Sammy Nestico. Jetliners also excels at delivering traditional swing favorites by Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. Jetliners features some of the best jazz improvisers in the CAF and is sure to please the most discerning big band, jazz connoisseur.

The Pipes and Drums of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band

Group Photo: Pipes and Drums of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band

The Pipes and Drums of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band is the first and only fulltime professional compliment of bagpipe and pipe drum musicians in the history of the Canadian Forces. Professional soloists from Canada's pipes and drums world, this outstanding group has a very bright future as it supports the Canadian Forces at a wide range of ceremonial occasions, at community events across Canada, and when proudly representing Canada at International Pipe Band Competitions and Tattoos. The concentration of expertise found in The Pipes and Drums of The Royal Canadian Air Force Band represents a formidable new resource for the world of pipes and drums.

Command Brass

Group Photo: Command Brass

"Command Brass" is the RCAF Band’s brass quintet.

This talented group features 2 Trumpets, Tuba, French Horn and Trombone and is a favorite at receptions, formal dinners and government functions.

Command Brass has a large and diverse repertoire of classical music but is equally at home performing exciting arrangements of Jazz, Swing, Dixie, Latin and Pop.

From Bach to Bohemian Rhapsody... Command Brass adds a touch of class to every event.

Dixieland Band

Group Photo: Dixieland Band

This New Orleans style band is one of our most lively ensembles. They bring the fun, energy and excitement of traditional Dixieland music to any event. 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.

Jazz Combos

Group Photo: Jazz Combos

Our Jazz Combos suit occasions that call for the intimacy traditionally created by a small group of jazz musicians. Typically, these ensembles are comprised of a piano or guitar, bass, drums, a saxophone, trumpet or trombone, and often a vocalist. The Royal Canadian Air Force Band's Jazz Combos perform skillful renditions of classic and contemporary jazz and Latin standards.

Parade Band

Drum Major - Sgt David Grenon on the Parade Band

The Parade Band includes all Royal Canadian Air Force Band members; drummers, brass, reed, and pipe musicians alike. It provides musical support for all types of military and official government functions - parades, ceremonies, investitures, dedications, remembrance services. Throughout the summer months, this 35-piece 'Music in Motion' machine can be heard and seen marching down the streets of Canadian towns, villages and cities in support of community parades and festive events.