The Heritage Drill Team
It sparked the formation of the Alumni Band
The Scout House Heritage Drill Team is made up members from all sections of the current Band as well as former members who no longer participate in other groups making up the five active units within Scout House Band Inc.
The Scout House Heritage Drill Team members wear the vintage Band uniform from the 1950s and 1960s to recreate the "glory days" look that set the Scout House Band apart from all others. The Band’s uniform adopted in 1954, consisted tight black short shorts, knee socks, short-sleeved burgundy tunics, white gauntlets and black Aussie-style hats gave Scout House a unique visual appearance, especially when compared to the military style uniforms worn by most other drum and bugle corps of that era.
The Heritage Drill Team's performance includes many of the unique marching routines that astounded drum and bugle corps audiences across the continent. The Band’s marching style, with knees lifted high and straight arms swinging to shoulder height, combined with marching routines including the slow march, a stylized wooden soldiers routine and skipping while playing all added to the distinct visual appeal of Scout House.
The Scout House Band adapted the traditional Boy Scout uniform to the highly stylized new uniform in 1954, when the Band became independent of Scouts Canada. After the original Band went out of operation in 1967, none of the subsequent attempts to revive the
organization succeeded until the formation of the Heritage Drill Team in 1993. The team initially participated in area parades, Great Alliance of Seniors (GAS) reunions, local drum corps events, Royal Canadian Legion ceremonies and other civic shows.
Expansion to a full alumni band began with band practices in the fall of 1998, with the first performance of the reborn band at the GAS reunion in Mississauga in the spring of 1999.
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