1 AREA SUPPORT GROUP EDMONTON
The Royal Canadian Artillery Band, one of Canada’s six Regular Force bands, is a unit of 35
professional musicians stationed at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton. Although proudly
affiliated with The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, the “Army Band of the West” serves
all elements of the Canadian Forces. A valuable public relations tool with over 100 years of
history, The RCA Band continues to represent the Canadian Forces at home and abroad.
The music performed by The Royal Canadian Artillery Band is a diverse repertoire
encompassing many musical styles. In addition to the Symphonic Concert Band, other musical
groups include mess dinner bands, jazz bands, and smaller chamber groups including a
woodwind quintet and brass quintet.
For more information on The Royal Canadian Artillery Band, please contact:
The RCA Band Public Affairs Office
PO Box 10500 Station Forces
Edmonton AB T5J 4J5
FAX: (780) 973-1728
PHONE: (780) 973-4011 extension 2920
EMAIL: MARC.BEAUDIN@forces .gc.ca
The Royal Canadian Artillery Band in Edmonton
The Royal Canadian Artillery Band at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton
Commanding Officer/Director of Music
Captain Eric Gagnon, CD
Captain Gagnon joined the Canadian Forces in 1988 after graduating from the Quebec
Conservatory of Music. Upon completion of his military basic training he was posted to the
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Band in Calgary as a French horn player. His
numerous posting include the Royal Canadian Artillery Band, The Central Band of the Canadian
Forces, and the Band of the Ceremonial Guard.
Upon being commissioned to the rank of Lieutenant in 2006, Captain Gagnon spent a year
completing his staff training at the Directorate - History and Heritage - Music. He developed his
conducting skills by studying with Dr. Dale Lonis (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra) and Dr.
Linklater (University of Manitoba) at the Canadian Wind Conductors Development Program,
and by participating in master classes under the direction of Dr. Paula Holcomb (SUNY
Fredonia) and Rodney Winther (director of Wind Studies and Professor of Music at the
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music). Captain Gagnon remained active as a
French horn player in the Ottawa music community where he was a regular member of the
Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and the Gatineau Symphony Orchestra.
As a Lieutenant, he was appointed Director of Music for the Band of the Ceremonial Guard in
March 2008 where he spent two summers. He was promoted to his current rank and appointed
Deputy Commanding Officer / Associate Director of Music of The Central Band of the Canadian
Forces in November 2009. He was posted back to the RCA Band in Edmonton, and appointed
Commanding Officer, on June 23rd 2010.
A Brief History of The Royal Canadian Artillery Band
By Sgt Nadeau and Sgt Mochnacz
The Royal Canadian Artillery Band, one of six Canadian Forces professional musical ensembles,
is a unit of 35 highly skilled musicians, stationed in Edmonton, Canada since 1997. Although
proudly linked to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery in Shilo Manitoba, the band serves
all elements of the CF. A valuable public relations tool with over 100 years of history, The Royal
Canadian Artillery Band performs public concerts regularly in the Edmonton area, rural Alberta,
and abroad. In addition to supporting the CF through parades and other ceremonial occasions, the
band takes part in civilian parades, such as the Capital EX and Calgary Stampede Parades.
The Royal Canadian Artillery Band officially moved from Montreal to Edmonton on December
4th 1997 (St. Barbara’s Day - the Patron Saint of the Artillery). The historical roots of the band
you see today are traced mainly from The Royal Canadian Artillery Band formed in Montreal in
1968. There were many Royal Canadian Artillery Bands existing simultaneously from as early as
1879. Names and locations often changed, and this band traces its distant roots from many such
bands, including The Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Kingston formed in 1905, The Royal
Canadian Garrison Artillery in Quebec City formed in 1899, and The “B” Battery Band of the
Royal Canadian Artillery formed in Quebec City in 1879.
The regimental colours of The RCA Band are crimson and midnight blue, as displayed on our
unit flag, and proudly worn on historical uniforms for special ceremonial occasions, along with a
sable Busby. These colours are also worn on the concert dress uniform, along with bow tie and
cummerbund, for evening concerts. The Royal Canadian Artillery Band mottos are UBIQUE
(Everywhere) and QUO FAS ET GLORIA DUCUNT (Whither Right And Glory Lead), worn on
the cap badge along with the image of a gun, to represent the artillery.
The RCA Band ca. 1910