Concert in Scarlets 2016: Impressive, Entertaining & Highly Professional

  • RMCC Band Take Their Show to Town

  • Behind the Scenes: Foundation (Band Donors)

  • Comprehensive article: Cadet perspective – The 2016 Concert in Scarlets



RMCC Band Take Their Show to Town


The 2016 version of the Concert in Scarlets was one for the ages.

Playing before a very large audience at the Kingston Grand Theatre last Wed evening (9 March) the cadets from the Royal Military College of Canada mainly under the direction of Bandmaster, Warrant Officer Aldwin Albino put on a spectacular show.


The concert had a little bit of everything including: pipes; brass & reed; piano; choir; drums; highland dances; rhythm & blues band; string ensemble; and special performances from Aboriginal (ALOY ) drill team and two members from the varsity fencing team.

The staff and cadets who put it all together can feel a great sense of pride: Band Officer – Master Warrant Officer, Dan Smith; OPI was NCdt Wilson Ho and his two deputies – OCdts Jesse Noordegraaf & Jonathan Saulnier. The english and french Master of Ceremonies – Ocdts Frank Choi and Colin de Grandpré .

The music, dancing, singing was entertaining from start to finish.

Bandmaster Albino added a level of professionalism and showmanship that was equally entertaining that kept the crowd focused the entire evening. Most of all, he made it engaging and fun for all those he was leading on the stage.

A more comprehensive article from a cadet perspective is available below.

Add on: Mr. Chris Miner, RMCC’s 2015 artist-in-residence, who is currently working on a special project for the college captured, in a series of photos, the mood of the crowd and in particular the passion and brilliance of Warrant Officer Albino.



 All photos (above) from this particular article by Chris Miner


RMC Foundation Support

Like many of the extra curricular activities at the college, the Concert was heavily financially supported by the RMC Foundation. In this particular case, a number of longtime supporters of the Band stepped-up.

The Class of 1964 leads the way with additional support from the following donors:

4610 Allan (Gus) Nelson 1959

5818 Robert Johnston 1964

7897 Gilles Langlois 1969

11120 Murray McKenzie 1976

22251 John Dempsey 2002

22612 Janus Cihlar 2003

24295 Daniel Corkum 2009

24736 Patrick Gignac 2011


Photo by James Howells (more photos by James Howells – Here)

Comprehensive article: Cadet perspective – The 2016 Concert in Scarlets

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Kingstonians, family members of the band, RMCC supporters, students and RMC Training Wing and Academic Wing staff filled in the seats of the Grand Theatre for an exciting, laughter-filled night of music and song prepared by the entire RMCC Band. But wait, the Concert in Scarlets was at the Grand Theatre? Yes, you read correctly, the Concert in Scarlets was played in the Grand Theatre.

At precisely 7:30pm, the MCs slipped through the curtains and introduced the band. After a brief introduction, the curtains lifted and the Brass and Reed band started to play. Their first piece, “Fanfare for the Common Man”, echoed throughout the theatre, immediately capturing the audience’s attention and left them anticipating for what was coming next. With the last notes of “Fanfare for the Common Man” still ringing in their ears, the audience was treated to a powerful rendition of O’Canada. Shortly after the National Anthem was played, the Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Program, or ALOY, was introduced and welcomed to the stage. Performing the “Bear Song”, the members of ALOY played the Grandfather drum. Dancing to the beat of the drum, special guests, Elder Bernard Nelson, his daughter, Nakita Nelson, and OCdt. Zachariah White Elk danced in their full regalia. Both Elder Bernard Nelson and his daughter wore the regalia of a traditional dancer, while Zachariah White Elk wore the regalia of a grass dancer.

After a spectacular performance that reminded the audience about Canada’s proud aboriginal heritage, the bandmaster of the Brass and Reed, Choir, and Strings Ensembles, WO Aldwin Albino was welcomed to the stage. After bowing to the audience, WO Albino led the band and choir into playing a heart-stopping rendition of “Dual of the Fates”. Shortly after, the audience was treated to a sneak peak of the RMCC annual Sunset Ceremony. The Drill Team went first, performing an intricate drill sequence while the band played “The Final Countdown.” Visibly impressed with the drill team, the audience was again, wowed when two members of the Fencing Team, OCdt. Samuel Barrette-Bedard and OCdt. Marc-Alexandre Pageau came swashbuckling out onto the stage over a piece of gold jewelry, while the band accompanied them by playing “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

As aspiring Canadian Forces officers, the Cadets of RMCC look forward to their future careers and to the men and women they will lead. But, before the Cadets leave RMCC, they must first look inwards at themselves and ask whether or not they have trained adequately to be ready to lead soldiers. It was therefore appropriate for the choir, led by soloist, OCdt. Ella Wanless, to sing a soulful rendition of “Man in the Mirror.” Immediately after “Man in the Mirror”, with the audience feeling like they can “make a change”, the band launched into Jurassic Park, instantly transporting the audience into the Jurassic Era. With such ferocity, the audience could almost swear they saw shadows of dinosaurs walking in-between the curtains of the stage! After the audience’s heartbeats returned to normal, they were treated to a heart-breaking violin solo from OCdt. Samuel Lowery, who played Schindler’s List.

After a few tears were shed, the RMCC Rhythm and Blues Band, led by OCdt. Ryan Hutchison performed “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5. Unfortunately, the lead singer, OCdt. Kathryn Spaulding’s microphone was not working properly. But thanks to the quick thinking of OCdt. Ian Ferrier who was a back-up singer, the problem was quickly rectified and the song was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience, and some even sang along! After a well-choreographed rendition of “I Want You Back”, the highland dancers came out on stage and performed “Lord of the Dance” with the band. They had been training hard for the past few months, and all of their hard work paid off as they danced seamlessly with the band.

Again, a few tears were shed when the RMC band played “Hymn to the Fallen”, which was dedicated to the many fallen Canadians, soldiers, and victims of the fight for peace, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for Canada. After a brief moment of silence, the MCs echoed a few powerful lines from the poem “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon. They said, “they shall not grow old as we grow old, age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we shall remember them”. The MC’s recital of these lines prompted a quiet but reflective response from the audience, who replied, “we will remember them.”

However, the Brass and Reed band, along with the Choir, were not going finish the first half and leave the audience in a quiet, somber mood! The MCs introduced the band’s own version of Ellie Goulding’s “Burn”, which was graciously arranged by Capt. (Rt) Peter Archibald. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the modern, pop music, and were surprised even further when WO Albino stopped the music halfway and OCdt. Ryan Hutchison came out on stage and started to beatbox. His beatboxing accentuated the rendition of “Burn” up to a new level and created a vibe that the audience could not stop talking about even after the song ended! After “Burn”, it was time to have a quick 15-minute intermission, where the audience took the time to speak and interact with the band.

After many pats on the back and warm congratulations from the audience, the band returned on stage and the second half of the concert began. The curtains were drawn open and revealed the RMCC Drum Corps. With a little introduction from the MCs, the drum corps started with a drum salute. Sticks whirled with rhythm and precision as the drummers entertained the audience with their skill. A drum corps, however, is not complete without pipers! Therefore, after the drum salute, the pipers were welcomed to the stage and performed “Caber Feidh.”

The Pipes and Drums must have been heard by the highland dancers of RMCC, as they came onto the stage after “Caber Feidh” was played and performed “Highland Fling” and “Irish Jig” while the pipes and drums played in accompaniment! After so much dancing, it was time to honour the members in the audience who had served our country by land, air, and sea, and also those who had passed through the Arch of RMCC as officers of the Canadian Armed Forces. In recognition of these people, the MCs invited veterans and members currently serving to stand and be recognized for their service and contribution to Canada. Standing to their elemental marches, both retired and currently serving members were thanked heartily by applause from both the band and also the audience.

The Brass and Reed, the Choir, the Strings Ensemble, the Pipes and Drums, and the Highland Dancers, along with WO Albino, MWO Smith, the OPI for the Concert, NCdt. Ho and his team, and the Training Wing, have worked extremely hard to create this production and all were giddy with relief when the RMCC marches were played. As a final goodbye, the entire RMCC band gave throaty “Oi’s!” during the playing of “Black Bear”, ending the night with warm, content feelings in all of our hearts!

One Comment

  • Helga Grodzinski 15566

    March 14, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Hard to say which was my favourite part of the concert; from the drumming to “Burn” to “79th Farewell to Gibraltar” it was all quite wonderful! Well done to all!
    I would encourage more people to come out next time, to see and hear the amazing talent we have at RMC.