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La Musique des Voltigeurs de Québec
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Active February 14, 1866 – Present
Country  Canada
Branch  Canadian Army
Type Military band
Size 40 members
Part of Les Voltigeurs de Québec
Headquarters Quebec City Armoury, Quebec City
Anniversaries June 4
Music Director Captain François Dorion
Charles H. Lapointe[1]

The La Musique des Voltigeurs de Québec is the regimental band of the Les Voltigeurs de Québec. It is currently led by Captain François Dorion, a professional saxophonist and percussionist and a member of the regiment since 1991.

It was created on February 14, 1866 as the first Francophone military band, and quickly gained a reputation among authorities and the general public. The band was instrumental in the first performance of O Canada, the Canadian national anthem, in 1880 at the National Congress of the St. John the Baptist Societies. It would soon go through many reorganizations during both world wars that would shape the band into its current form.

Traditional and modern activities[]

The band in Occupational Dress.

The Voltigeurs musical schedule includes several activities:

  • Military Parades
  • Regimental Dinners
  • Concerts
  • Regimental Holidays
  • State Dinners
  • Presentation of Colours
  • Graduation Parades

The musicians of the band are, for the most part, professionals trained at the Conservatoire de Québec and the Faculty of Music at Laval University. It has recorded and released many albums, with the most recent one being launched in 2008 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Quebec City. The band has participated in a number of editions of the Quebec City International Festival of Military Bands until the tattoo's final event in 2013. In 2018, the band participated in the reopening of the Quebec City Armoury by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.[2][3]

Following the example of the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Band & Bugles, the band is a drum and bugle corps, being one of the few in the Canadian Forces (CAF).[4]

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