SPOTLIGHT # 1
Updated: Jul 9, 2019
A marching band at the Traditional Music Festival! This year as well as banjos and fiddles you’ll hear trombones, bugles, drums and clarinets in the streets of Princeton when the British Columbia Regiment Band comes to town. Festival organizers are delighted at this new and unique addition to the Festival.
Military band music has a long and storied tradition and the BC Regiment Band has been performing traditional military music in BC since 1901. In fact when the soldiers of BC’s Duke of Connaught’s Own Regiment marched off to World War I the Band went with them. Serving the Regiment throughout World War II, the 1950s, and the early 1960s, the Band was well known and won many band competitions.
The Band has performed in the US and Holland for 440,000 people. They expect to play for about 100,000 people this summer. Last year they performed at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver and the Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong. Festival organizers are delighted to have them for their first appearance at the Princeton Traditional Music Festival.
The British Columbia Regiment Band is just one of the new groups performing at this year’s Princeton Traditional Music Festival. The festivities begin with the opening ceremony at 6 pm on Friday, 16 August. Right after that is the Festival’s annual participatory street dance. The dance will be hosted by the Rattlebone Band, a high-energy dance band that has graced the Festival for many years. All dances will be taught and you don’t even have to bring a partner. On Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18 there will be music downtown from 10 am until 6 pm. And it’s all free – no admission is charged.
If you would like to find out more about the Festival, visit the Festival’s website at www.princetonmusicfestival.com. If you’d like to help out at the Festival, the committee would love to hear from you. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-295-6010.