The Canadian Air Force Show Band from 17 Wing Winnipeg, Man. visited the nation’s capital earlier this month for a series of outdoor concerts showcasing the band’s new ensemble.
With its full rhythm section, horns, and three singers, the band served up musical treats in two lunch-hour concerts at the National War Memorial on Aug. 7 and 8. Covering a wide variety of genre, from hip hop and R&B to rock and roll and country-western, the band played a selection of latest hits and all-time favourites.
Sergeant Cindy Scott and Corporal David Grenon, now permanent lead vocalists of the band, and a special guest CF Reservist Private Janine Bremault-Bamford from the Winnipeg Rifles Regiment provided the vocals.
"I really love big band music, and it's so rewarding to work with the kind of creativity that can give a new take on standard jazz tunes," said Pte Bremault-Bamford, who has performed with the band before filling in for one of the members.
In addition to playing at the National War Memorial, the Canadian AF Show Band performed as part of the military musical display "Fortissimo" on Parliament Hill, Aug. 6-9.
The Canadian AF Show Band members are also part of the 17 Wing's Air Command Band and the Combined Air Force Band, a group created to celebrate the Canadian Centennial Of Flight and comprised of musicians from the Central Band of The Canadian Forces and the Air Command Band.The Combined Air Force Band will perform at Warrior's Day Parade and the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, Ont., and at the Quebec City International Festival of Military Bands in, Quebec later this summer.