Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON 12:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Our Sponsored Cadets from the 211 Air Cadet Squadron and the 2784 Governor General's Foot Guard, be joining us with their Flag Party.
Lieutenant-Colonel Frances Chilton-MacKay, Staff Officer of Army Bands for the Canadian Army
LCol Chilton-MacKay loves music. She especially loves marching while playing it. Taking an early retirement from being a high school music teacher, LCol Chilton-MacKay became the Staff Officer of Army Bands for all bands in the Canadian Army. She is also the Director of Music for the Governor General’s Foot Guards, the first woman in the prestigious position.
Becoming a female Director of Music was another sort of barrier to break. It took the regiment some time to get adjusted to the idea of having a female Director of Music
LCol Chilton-MacKay explains the important history of music in the Army.
From the very beginnings of military - in battle, drums and pipes are used to give commands. The music has a way of soothing, or to help rally the troops. Music conducts emotions.