The Heritage Drill Team
Sparked 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 Guard wears the vintage uniform from the 1950s and 1960s to recreate many of the unique marching routines that astounded drum and bugle corps audiences across the continent in that era. The Band’s uniform consisting of tight black shorts, knee socks, short-sleeved burgundy tunics, white gauntlets and black Aussie hats gave Scout House a unique visual appearance compared to the military style uniforms most other drum and bugle corps wore.
The Band’s marching style, with knees lifted high and straight arms swinging to shoulder height, combined with marching routines including slow march, a stylized wooden soldiers routine and skipping while playing all added to the distinct visual appeal.
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 events. Expansion to a full alumni band began with band practices in the fall of 1998, with the first performance of the band at the GAS reunion in Mississauga in the spring of 1999.
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