Military bands meet in the middle — in Moose Jaw

Justin Crann
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The Pipes and Drums of the Royal Canadian Air Force and Artillery are meeting in the middle with two performances for Moose Jaw.

Members of the Royal Canadian Artillery Band and Canadian Forces Pipes and Drums perform. The Pipes and Drums and the Royal Canadian Air Force Band will perform twice in Moose Jaw today, first at the Moose Jaw Legion at 2:30 p.m. and later at the 15 Wing Social Centre at 7:30 p.m.

"We're all very excited, and we're excited to get together and play some music," said Sgt. Katherine Buckland, a spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Artillery band, which is based in Edmonton.

Buckland said the kind of performance that will be given not once — but twice — in Moose Jaw are rare because bands "can't travel much due to budget restrictions."

"Getting a small group like this on the road is very beneficial," she added. "We can provide a big bang for small bucks."

The bands will perform together in two separate gigs, first at the Moose Jaw Legion at 2:30 p.m. Friday, followed by an evening performance at the 15 Wing Social Centre at 7:30 p.m.

Both performances are open to the public, Buckland said.

"We're all very excited to get together with our friends and play some music," she added. "The last couple of days of rehearsal have been fun. We've just been jamming, and we'll probably come up with some new tunes and sets."

Organizations: Royal Canadian Artillery

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Edmonton

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