Auditions - Ceremonial Guard

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Public Duties Season 2020

Civilian Candidates (non-military - including Supplementary Reserves): Applications must be submitted no later than 31 Oct 2019; live auditions will take place in November and December 2019. Click here to apply and keep reading below for important information.

Please note: Successful candidates will be asked to enroll into the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve prior to being hired with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard.

Primary Reserve Members: Applications must be submitted no later than 31 Oct 2019; Recorded auditions must be sent to cgbanddmus@gmail.com no later than 30 Nov 2019. Applications after these deadlines will be considered until 29 Feb 2020 on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis. Click here to apply and keep reading below for important information.

Please note:

  1. You must inform your chain of command upon submission of your application as any official communications will be conducted via those channels.
  2. Pipers and Drummers: 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.

PHASE I – Audition Application

All candidates will submit an audition application before the applicable deadline above. As part of this application, you will be asked to provide a brief musical résumé.

For any questions or inquiries, contact us at CGBand@forces.gc.ca.

PHASE II – Recorded Audition

Civilian Candidates (non-military - including Supplementary Reserves): you will receive an invitation to attend a live audition that will take place in November or December at a location near you. We visit most Canadian University Music Departments and/or Primary Reserve units with a Brass and Reed or Pipes and Drums capability. Please read below for more information.

Primary Reserve Members: you are invited to submit a video audition no later than 30 Nov 2019 to cgbanddmus@gmail.com. Please read below for more information.

Please note: All candidates (civilian and military) who indicate a level of proficiency on a secondary instrument will have to briefly demonstrate this ability during their audition.

Pipes and Drummers: See PHASE III

We accept various video mediums and methods of delivery. For example, “unlisted” YouTube links or email attachments. You can also mail a hardcopy (DVD or USB stick) 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

All candidates will receive an email acknowledgment of receipt of their recording. If you have not received this within 5 business days of the application deadline, contact the Band office at 1-877-858-3205.

Video Application Criteria – Brass, Reed, Percussion

  • Title your video in the following format:
    • audition#_instrument_LastName FirstName
  • State your rank, service number and unit
  • Perform 2 contrasting pieces of your choice (minimum duration of 5 mins; maximum of 15 mins)
  • Flute: 1 piece or excerpt on piccolo
  • Percussion: 1 snare piece and 1 mallet piece
  • Perform 1 piece on a secondary instrument, if applicable

The audition committee will create a merit list based on the audition results. Candidates who do not meet the musical standard will be informed via email.

For any questions or inquiries, contact us at CGBand@forces.gc.ca

PHASE III – Live Audition

Each year, the Ceremonial Guard auditions musicians from across Canada. Non-military candidates as well as all Pipers and Drummers will be invited to audition in a city in the province where they reside, study, or work. A general audition schedule will be published on this website in October or November.

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

Audition Criteria – Brass, Reed, Percussion

  • Prepared pieces: two selections of contrasting styles
  • Sight-reading: 1-2 excerpts at the discretion of the audition panel
  • Interview

Audition Criteria – Pipers

  • 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)

Audition Criteria - Highland Snare Drummers

  • 6/8 march (4pts)
  • 4/4 march (4pts)
  • 2/4 March/Strathspey/Reel (2pts each)
  • Jig (4 pts)

Band of the Ceremonial Guard Audition tour

The schedule below is for general information and planning purposes only and is subject to change without notice. Please refer to your invitation email for your specific date, time, and location.

Brass & Reeds

12-16 November 2019 - Ontario

17-22 November 2019 - Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince-Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario

25-30 November 2019 - British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba

Pipes & Drums

5 November 2019 - Newfoundland, Prince-Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick

12-14 November 2019 - Ontario

15-17 November 2019 - British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba

25-26 November 2019 - Ontario, Quebec

November 2019 
PHASE IV – Final Selection

The final selection will be conducted by the leadership of the Band of the Ceremonial Guard based on two factors: the instrumental requirements of the Band and the audition merit list. The audition results will be published on this site and, for Primary reserve candidates, forwarded to their unit.

Successful civilian candidates will receive a conditional acceptance. A firm employment offer will be based on fulfilment of the following conditions on a “first-come first-served” basis:

  • Successful completion of the recruiting process prior to commencement of contract (usually mid-April); and
  • Remaining available position in their musical section.

Successful Primary Reservists 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

To be announced

Accepted; Brass & Reeds/Conditional

To be announced

On Stand By: Brass & Reeds

To be announced

Accepted: Pipes & Drums

To be announced

On Stand By: Pipes & Drums

To be announced

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