"Envision if you will, the sight of Scarlet, the sound of Brass, as we present the Toronto Signals Band!"


"Envision if you will, the sight of Scarlet, the sound of Brass, as we present the Toronto Signals Band!"

Who are we?

The Toronto Signals Band is a unique organization which was formed in 1926. We perform for various audiences throughout Canada and the United States, in events such as parades, concerts, tattoos and drum corps shows. We are not part of the military, however we are associated with the 32 Signal Regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve and perform as their Duty Band on a volunteer basis.

Since the Band’s inception, we have won more than 400 awards. With our rich history and talented members dedicating their time and energy to entertaining the masses, the Toronto Signals Band has earned the title of ‘Canada’s Marching Ambassadors’.

History

Founded in 1926, the band was originally part of the 2nd Divisional Signals RCCS. The Band was the first to inaugurate the one valve trumpet and introduced the bell lyre into the trumpet and bugle band program of that era. The Band also introduced the sound of three-part harmony in trumpet band music to the Canadian audience.

Subsequent merging of 2nd and 8th Signals brought about the name of the Toronto Signals Regiment. In 1959, the Band formed the famed Drum Corps “Canada’s Marching Ambassadors” outside of the Canadian Army and became well-known in Canada and the United States. During the integration of the Canadian Armed Forces in the early 1970’s, “Sigs” as they are affectionately known were “struck off strength”, however they have carried on as a voluntary organization maintaining the rich tradition and heritage of their former members. Today we continue to march as the Duty Band to the 32 Signal Regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Invitations have been received to participate in the Macy’s Parade in New York, the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena California, and the Edinburgh Tattoo in Edinburgh Scotland. The Band has the distinct honour of receiving over 50 awards for their involvement in the Canadian National Exhibition Warriors’ Day Parade since 1949. His Worship the Mayor and Council for the City of Toronto bestowed the honour of “Signals Trumpet Band Day” with a presentation of keys to the City on the occasion of the Band’s 50th year in 1976; the Band was also honoured at Toronto City Hall for their 75th year in 2001.

History

Founded in 1926, the band was originally part of the 2nd Divisional Signals RCCS. The Band was the first to inaugurate the one valve trumpet and introduced the bell lyre into the trumpet and bugle band program of that era. The Band also introduced the sound of three-part harmony in trumpet band music to the Canadian audience.

Subsequent merging of 2nd and 8th Signals brought about the name of the Toronto Signals Regiment. In 1959, the Band formed the famed Drum Corps “Canada’s Marching Ambassadors” outside of the Canadian Army and became well-known in Canada and the United States. During the integration of the Canadian Armed Forces in the early 1970’s, “Sigs” as they are affectionately known were “struck off strength”, however they have carried on as a voluntary organization maintaining the rich tradition and heritage of their former members. Today we continue to march as the Duty Band to the 32 Signal Regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Invitations have been received to participate in the Macy’s Parade in New York, the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena California, and the Edinburgh Tattoo in Edinburgh Scotland. The Band has the distinct honour of receiving over 50 awards for their involvement in the Canadian National Exhibition Warriors’ Day Parade since 1949. His Worship the Mayor and Council for the City of Toronto bestowed the honour of “Signals Trumpet Band Day” with a presentation of keys to the City on the occasion of the Band’s 50th year in 1976; the Band was also honoured at Toronto City Hall for their 75th year in 2001.

Join the Signals

Are you interested in joining the Toronto Signals Band? Being a member is a rewarding experience that allows you to meet new people and visit interesting places. We’re more than just a band; we’re a family. New members are always welcome, so visit our “join us” page for full details. We’d love to hear from you!

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