Ceremonial Guard

Members of the Band of the Ceremonial Guard

The Ceremonial Guard is one of Canada’s most recognizable military units. For over 50 years the Changing of the Guard has been a top Ottawa attraction, having thrilled thousands of visitors on Parliament Hill, at Rideau Hall and at the National War Memorial.

About the Guard

The Ceremonial Guard is a Canadian Armed Forces unit consisting of Reserve and Regular Force soldiers from regiments across Canada.


The Guard’s performances are one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the Nation’s capital.


Fortissimo is the Canadian military musical event featuring bands of the Canadian Armed Forces with musicians and soldiers of the Ceremonial Guard.


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

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