22 Wing Band

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The 22 Wing Band (French: La Fanfare de la 22e Escadre) is a military band of the Royal Canadian Air Force. The band is currently based at CFB North Bay in Ontario. It was formed between 1989 and 1990 primarily to support ceremonial functions at the base.[1][2] Its founder, then-Warrant Officer Chip Kean recruited 25 local civilian musicians to join the newly sanctioned band which designated Kean as its first official bandmaster. Kean retired in 1995, however, returned in 1998 as part of the Air Reserve due to the danger of the band being disbanded by the Department of National Defence.[3]

Today, it takes part and focuses its attention toward other events such as public concerts and charities. The company-sized band consists of 60–65 musicians who, make up the parade and concert band, as well as a Jazz and brass quartet. The current band director is Sergeant Scott Barons.[4][5] With the exception of the Band Director and Assistant Director, are volunteer musicians, both military and civilian.

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  1. ^ "Nipissing hits the right note with 22 Wing Band". Nipissing University.
  2. ^ "West Ferris sings and performs with 22 Wing band". BayToday.ca. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Hall of Famer says he's just the 'fortunate coach'". NorthBayNipissing.com. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  4. ^ Government of Canada, National Defence (30 April 2013). "22 Wing Band - 22 Wing Band - Royal Canadian Air Force". www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca.
  5. ^ "The 22 Wing Band at the Capitol Centre".
  6. ^ "Army.ca".
  7. ^ "22 Wing Band to host musical tribute". BayToday.ca. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  8. ^ Caf Connection[dead link]