Join the Band!

The British Columbia Regiment Band is an unauditioned band. Feel free to drop by a rehearsal to have a listen, or sit in with your instrument.

As a civilian volunteer in a voluntary band assisting the Canadian Forces, you should expect:

  • not to be paid for playing or rehearsing;
  • to pay no fees for belonging to the Band;
  • to provide your own instrument;
  • to wear the provided uniform, when required, in a militarily-acceptable fashion;
  • to wear your hair above the collar (either with an appropriate haircut, or by tying it up) while in uniform;
  • to march and drill while playing in street parades or in military ceremonies (you may choose to do only “sit-down” concerts if you are prevented from marching for medical reasons), and
  • to find band practices to be casual and good-natured, though hard-working.

Band rehearsals take place every Monday evening, 1930-2130 hours (7:30PM-9:30PM) at the historic Beatty Street Drill Hall, 620 Beatty Street, Vancouver. The “Stadium/Chinatown” SkyTrain station upper entrance is across Dunsmuir Street from the Drill Hall.

From a musical perspective:

  • instrumentation is similar to that of a concert band – brass, woodwind and percussion, but no strings;
  • the band plays a wide variety of music, from marches to classical transcriptions to movie music and popular songs; and
  • the music is at a “medium easy” to “medium” level of difficulty (Grade 2 to¬†3.5).

Contact our Music Director, Brian Smith, at 604-789-1865 if you have any questions.

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