From the Archives: And the Band Played On

Did you know that our own Hatley Castle and Park each have their own song? Yes, in the RRU Archives we have an LP (yes we do!) of the Royal Roads Military College Band, recorded in 1983-84.

The band at the time consisted of 15 pipers and drummers and 30 brass-and-reed musicians, all of whom were officer cadets who volunteered their spare time to participate in the band. They played in concert band style and during parades on campus as well as special occasions in the community. 

Click here to see the album cover.

Want a listen? The Archives has digital copies for you to enjoy. Click here for Hatley Park, which was the official quick march for Royal Roads Military College. And here's Dunsmuir Castle, written for the Royal Visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to RRMC in 1983. Both pieces were composed by Petty Officer First Class Gabby R. Bruner, who was a professional musician and the RRMC bandmaster from 1979 - 1985.

If you would like to know more about the RRMC Band, or about what we have in the RRU Archives, please don't hesitate to email or call me at extension 4122. Please also contact me should you want to use this song in any official capacity.

Caroline Posynick
RRU Archivist RRUArchives@RoyalRoads.ca