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Regiment Band performed at Canada’s Fortissimo concert

The Bermuda Regiment Band and Corps of Drums represented the Island in Canada during the 14th annual Fortissimo.

This year’s Fortissimo, a Massed Bands Beating Retreat and Concert organised by the Canadian Forces Ceremonial Guard, marked the 140th anniversary of the Permanent Force. Lt Patrice Arsenault, director of music for the Ceremonial Guard, said: “There is a special link between Bermuda and the Permanent Force, The Royal Canadian Regiment, the oldest permanent force infantry regiment of the Canadian Army, which was garrisoned in Bermuda between fall 1914 and summer 1915.

“In order to highlight the special relationship between Bermuda and the Canadian Army, it is fitting to have the band from Bermuda Regiment join the Ceremonial Guard as part of the celebration.”

Capt Dwight Robinson, director of music for the Bermuda Regiment, said the band was first invited to take part in Fortissimo following the 2009 Bermuda Tattoo.

“We asked Master Warrant Officer Alan Clark to assist us as the Pipe Major for our show,” Capt Robinson said. “He is also the Pipe Major for the Ceremonial Guard, and the discussions developed from there.”

The Fortissimo was held last month on the lawns of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario.

Regiment Band drummers stand at ease during the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service graduation last week

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Published August 08, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 08, 2011 at 9:45 am)

Regiment Band performed at Canada’s Fortissimo concert

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