8 Wing Band
8 Wing Band

8 Wing Band

8 Wing/Canadian Force Base (CFB) Trenton is proud to be home of the oldest Air Force band in Canada.

In 1939, bandmaster (BM), warrant officer, class II (WO2) Tommy Cooper, organized the first volunteer band at Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Station Trenton. Later that year a set of band instruments was purchased in order to perform during the royal tour of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. This was the first time Canada’s reigning monarch came to visit the Dominion. As such, the Trenton volunteer band toured Ontario with the King and Queen, performing for the Governor General, political leaders and visitors from around the world.

8 Wing Band personnel originally consisted of enlisted tradesmen who volunteered their musical skills after working hours. Today, the band continues to be comprised entirely of volunteer musicians. They include; members of the Regular Force, Reserve Force, and retired Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members, as well as members of the local civilian community -who proudly donate their time and musical abilities to provide support to the CAF in the Trenton region. This has the dual purpose of enhancing Wing operational effectiveness by fostering high morale and esprit de corps, and by helping Canadians connect with the RCAF through positive community relation activities.

In recent years, the band has performed from the parade square at CFB Trenton to outreach engagements in Holland, Germany and the United States.

The 8 Wing Band performs as a concert band, but its members also provide other musical groups such as an 18-piece big band, a show band, and jazz ensembles. The band is currently accepting new members on brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. Previous playing experience is required, however all inquiries are welcome. For more information about the 8 Wing Band, please contact WO Martin Labbe; Martin.Labbe@forces.gc.ca
Interested in booking the 8 Wing Band for a performance? Please fill out and return the
8 Wing Bands Request Form.