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The Naden Band has been part of naval tradition on the West Coast since 1940. Formed during World War II, the Naden Band kept up both civilian and military morale with concerts, dances and hundreds of radio broadcasts, and played for base ceremonies, monthly church parades and public parades through the streets Victoria and Vancouver. The band also assisted the government in raising money for the war effort through countless War Bond Drives in Western Canada.

The Naden Band, circa 1950
In the decades following World War II, the Naden Band continued to represent the Canadian Forces throughout British Columbia and Canada, receiving acclaim for its performances at events such as the Pacific National Exhibition and the Grey Cup in Vancouver, the Kelowna Regatta, Edmonton’s Klondike Days, and the Calgary Stampede. In travels abroad, the Naden Band became an ambassador for Canada with performances as varied as Expo ‘70 in Osaka, Japan; accompanying the Provider and the 2nd Canadian Destroyer Squadron in a 1972 tour of Fiji, New Zealand and Australia; as well as participating in an historic visit to Vladivostok, Russia in 1991.

In 1994, the Naden Band was one of 5 military bands cut in the federal budget. In 1997 the Minister of Defence announced a restructuring of the music branch and Naden Band was reinstated and has rebuilt its reputation for musical excellence. In 2000, the band welcomed former members for a 60th anniversary reunion that truly celebrated its rebirth and ongoing tradition.

The Naden Band continues to aid Canadian Forces Recruiting offices in their efforts to reach young Canadians, through concerts and presentations at schools. The band demonstrates support for local communities with its active role in fund-raising for non-profit organisations, such as the Salvation Army Christmas Toy Drive, the Military Family Resource Centre and the United Way. The ceremonial component of the band supports government events, including the Victoria Remembrance Day Ceremonies, Opening of the Provincial Legislature and the Canadian visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.

The band has represented the Navy throughout Canada at events such as the Beating Retreat Ceremonies in Ottawa, the International Military Band Festival in Quebec City and the Memorial Cup in Kelowna, BC. In June, the band was proud to take part in the 60th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France.