note 1: Canadian Forces Administrative Orders {CFAO} 32-3 "Regimental and Branch Marches of the Canadian Forces" has been absorbed into Canadian Forces Publication A-AD-200-000/AG-000, "The Honours, Flags and Heritage Structure of the Canadian Forces" which is not readily available through the Internet. This unofficial website is, at least for now, your easiest access to this information. ->TRG<-

note 2. As most visitors to this site are looking for the list of Marches, I have taken the liberty of moving Annex A and Annex B of this Instruction to the top of the web page. The Instruction itself is still to be found by scrolling down the page. ->TRG<-

note 3. The Canadian Army underwent a renaming of many of its organizations in 2013 so more changes to this Instruction will be coming soon. ->TRG<-

note 4. My original web page for "Regimental and Branch Marches of the Canadian Forces" is still available here if you should need it. ->TRG<-


(as of 30 Jan. 2004)


Military College
Royal Military College of Canada "Precision". For pipe band :"Alexander Mackenzie"
Maritime Command ( now Royal Canadian Navy ) "Heart of Oak"
Land Force Command ( now Canadian Army ) "Celer Paratus Callidus" ( now "The Great Little Army" )
Air Command ( now Royal Canadian Air Force ) "RCAF March Past". For pipe band "RCAF March Past"
Canada Command ( now Canadian Joint Operations Command ) "Canada Command March"
Military Personnel Command "Century of Progress"
Naval Formations "Heart of Oak"
Canadian Operational Support Command ( now Canadian Joint Operations Command ) "CANOSCOM March"
Land Force Western Area ( now 3rd Canadian Division ) "Invercargil"
Land Force Quebec Area ( now 2nd Canadian Division ) "Carillon"
1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group "Sons of the Brave"
5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group "Allons-y"
33 Canadian Brigade Group "Killaloe"
34 Canadian Brigade Group "Aida"
35 Canadian Brigade Group "Le pays"
38 Canadian Brigade Group "March Past of 38 Brigade"
Air Formations "RCAF March Past"
Branches and Branch Functional Units
Naval Operations Branch "Heart of Oak"
Artillery Branch: Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (RCHA) Quick March for dismounted parades: "British Grenadiers"
Slow march for concerts, mess dinners and parades "Royal Artillery Slow March"
Trot Past for mounted parades: "Keel Row"
Gallop Past for mounted parades: "Bonnie Dundee"
Armour Branch "My Boy Willie"
Armoured Regiments See Annex B
Artillery Branch Quick March for dismounted parades: "British Grenadiers"
Slow march for concerts, mess dinners and parades: "Royal Artillery Slow March"
Trot Past for mounted parades: "Keel Row"
Military Engineering Branch "Wings"
Communications and Electronics Branch "The Mercury March"
Infantry Branch "The Canadian Infantryman"
Infantry Regiments See Annex B
Air Operations Branch "RCAF March Past"
Logistics Branch "March of the Logistics Branch"
Medical Branch "The Farmer’s Boy"
Dental Branch "March Past of the Royal Canadian Dental Corps"
Slow March: "Greensleeves"
Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Branch "REME Corps March Past" (Both "Lilibulero" and "Auprès de ma Blonde" should be played. Slow march: "The Craftsman"
Chaplain Branch "Ode to Joy"
Military Police "Thunderbird"
Legal Branch "When I, Good Friends, Was Call’d to the Bar"
Music Branch None authorized. By military custom, this branch is not authorized a march as it is responsible for providing music to the CF and does not parade by itself with musical accompaniment.
Personnel Selection Branch "Semper Intellegere"
Training Development Branch "Salut"
Public Affairs Branch "Liberty Bell"
Intelligence Branch "E Tenebris Lux"
Miscellaneous (Not in order of precedence)
Academic Staff of Canadian Military Colleges"March of the Peers from Iolanthe"
Combat Service Support Units "Duty Above All"
Canadian Forces Base Area Support Unit Montreal"Servir"
25 Canadian Forces Supply Depot 25"March 25 CFSD"
Canadian Parachute Centre "The Longest Day"
3 Canadian Support Group 3"Face à l’adversité
Cadet Instructor Cadre Officers Officiers"La feuille d'érable"
Canadian Army Cadets Cadets"Cadet"
Royal Canadian Air Cadets "RCAF March Past"




An asterisk (*) indicates both Regular and Reserve Force components. The order of precedence for each is different unless combined for the occasion; see Chapter 1 and Chapter 7, Paragraph 34.

The Royal Canadian DragoonsFor concerts, mess dinners and mounted parades: "Monsieur Beaucaire"
For dismounted parades: "Light of Foot"
Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)"Soldiers of the Queen"
12e Régiment blindé du Canada*"Marianne s'en va-t-au moulin"
Slow march: "Quand vous mourrez de nos amours"
The Governor General's Horse Guards"Men of Harlech";
8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's)"The Galloping 8th Hussars"
Slow march: "The 8th Hussars" (tune "Road to the Isles")
The Ontario Regiment (RCAC)"John Peel"
The Queen's York Rangers (1st American Regiment)(RCAC)"Braganza"
Sherbrooke Hussars"Regimental March of the Sherbrooke Hussars"
12e Régiment blindé du Canada (Milice)*As for 12e Régiment blindé du Canada
1st Hussars "Bonnie Dundee"
The Prince Edward Island Regiment (RCAC)"Old Solomon Levi"
The Royal Canadian Hussars (Montreal)"Men of Harlech" and "St. Patrick's Day"
The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own) (RCAC)"I'm Ninety-Five"
The South Alberta Light Horse "A Southerly Wind and a Cloudy Sky"
The Saskatchewan Dragoons"Punjaub"
The King's Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC) "Colonel Bogey"
The British Columbia Dragoons "Fare Ye Well Inniskilling" (5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards)
For pipe band: "Scotland the Brave"
The Fort Garry Horse "El Abanico" and "St. Patrick’s Day"
Slow march: "Red River Valley"
Le Régiment de Hull (RCAC) "La Marche de la victoire"
The Windsor Regiment (RCAC) "My Boy Willie"
49th (Sault-Ste-Marie) Field Artillery For military band – see Artillery marches.
For pipe band: "A Hundred Pipers"
1st Air Defence Regiment (Lanark and Renfrew Scottish) For military band - see Artillery marches.
For pipe band: "Highland Laddie"
The Royal Canadian Regiment* "The Royal Canadian Regiment" (also published under the title "St. Catharines")
Slow march/Marche lente : "Pro Patria"
Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Medley of: "Has Anyone Seen the Colonel", "Tipperary" and "Mademoiselle from Armentières"
Slow march/Marche lente : "Lili Marlene"
Royal 22e Régiment* "Vive la Canadienne"
Slow march: "Marche lente du Royal 22e Régiment" (also published under the title "La prière en famille")
Governor General’s Foot Guards "Milanollo"
Slow march: "Figaro"
The Canadian Grenadier Guards "British Grenadiers"
Slow march: "Grenadiers Slow March" (also played in quick time when entering camp or barracks.
The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada "The Buffs" and "The Maple Leaf Forever"
Double Past: "Money Musk"
The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment of Canada) "The Highland Laddie"
Slow march: "The Red Hackle"
Les Voltigeurs de Québec "Les Voltigeurs de Québec"
The Royal Regiment of Canada "British Grenadiers" followed by: "Here's to the Maiden"
The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment) "The Mountain Rose"
The Princess of Wales' Own Regiment "The Buffs"
The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment "I'm Ninety-Five"
The Lincoln and Welland Regiment "The Lincolnshire Poacher"
4th Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment* As for The Royal Canadian Regiment
The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada "The Highland Laddie" and "Seann Triubhas"
The Grey and Simcoe Foresters "The 31st Greys"
The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment) "The Campbells are Coming" and "John Peel"
The Brockville Rifles "Bonnie Dundee"
Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders "Bonnie Dundee"
Les Fusiliers du St-Laurent "Rêves Canadiens"
Le Régiment de la Chaudière "Sambre et Meuse" and "The Longest Day"
4th Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment (Chateauguay)* As for Royal 22e Régiment
6th Battalion/6e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment * As for Royal 22e Régiment
Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal "The Jockey of York"
The Princess Louise Fusiliers "British Grenadiers"
The Royal New Brunswick Regiment "A Hundred Pipers" followed by "The Old North Shore"
The West Nova Scotia Regiment "God Bless the Prince of Wales"
Slow march: "Garb of Old Gaul"
The Nova Scotia Highlanders "The Sweet Maid of Glendaruel"
1st Battalion: "The Atholl Highlanders" and
"The Piobaireachd of Donald Dhu"
2nd Battalion: "The Highland Laddie"
Le Régiment de Maisonneuve "Sambre et Meuse"
The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa "The Piobaireachd of Donald Dhu" and "March of the Cameron Men"
The Royal Winnipeg Rifles "Old Solomon Levi" (Pork, Beans and Hard Tack)
Double Past: "Keel Row"
The Essex and Kent Scottish "The Highland Laddie" and "A Hundred Pipers"
48th Highlanders of Canada "The Highland Laddie"
Le Régiment du Saguenay "Le Régiment du Saguenay"
The Algonquin Regiment "We Lead, Others Follow"
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's) "The Campbells are Coming"
The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment "The Highland Laddie"
The North Saskatchewan Regiment "The Jockey of York"
For pipe band: "The Meeting of the Waters"
The Royal Regina Rifles "Lutzow's Wild Hunt"
Double Past: "Keel Row"
The Rocky Mountain Rangers "The Meeting of the Waters"
The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry) "Bonnie Dundee"
The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada "The Piobaireachd of Donald Dhu" and "March of the Cameron Men"
The Royal Westminster Regiment "The Maple Leaf Forever"
The Calgary Highlanders "The Highland Laddie" and "Blue Bonnets Over the Border"
Les Fusiliers de Sherbrooke "The Piobaireachd of Donald Dhu"
The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's) "Blue Bonnets Over the Border"
The Royal Montreal Regiment "Ça ira"
The Irish Regiment of Canada "Garry Owen"
The Toronto Scottish Regiment "Blue Bonnets Over the Border"
The Royal Newfoundland Regiment "The Banks of Newfoundland"

1. Anthems, marches, and calls are musical compositions which symbolize identity or initiate action. They are individually authorized and regulated to ensure that their meaning is clear to all.
2. Other musical compositions such as hymns and popular songs are often associated with one particular unit or other organization through long use. Such connections are matters of custom, not regulation, and are not discussed further in this chapter.

3. Anthems are designated by Government statute or regulation.
4. Marches and calls are approved by National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ)/Directorate of History and Heritage (DHH). Requests to adopt or change a march or call shall be forwarded through normal channels.
5. Regular Force professional brass-reed bands must obtain copies of all authorized marches.
6. Other brass-reed bands must obtain copies of authorized marches: a. of their command; and b. that they could reasonably be expected to perform. 7. Copies of those marches listed in Annexes A and B, which are not copyright protected, can be obtained from a Regular Force professional band or DHH Music.
8. Bands must be able to perform the prescribed music for Canadian anthems and salutes, and their unit marches without rehearsal.
9. National Anthem. The song "O Canada", both words and music, was designated as Canada's national anthem by Chapter 5 of the Statutes of Canada 1980-81-82-83, Volume 1. The authorized military band version is the arrangement in (F Major) by Major Ken Killingbeck published and available from DHH Music. The national anthem is not sung when played as part of a military salute, or on a parade other than a church parade (or remembrance/ commemorative service or ceremony). Only the authorized version shall be played for military honours and salutes (see Chapter 13).
10. Royal Anthem. The music of "God Save The Queen" is considered the royal anthem of Canada. "God Save The Queen" may be sung when used as the national anthem of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or as a hymn or prayer. In the military context of a royal salute:
a. the royal anthem is played as the musical salute to the Sovereign or members of the Royal Family. At the behest of Her Majesty, the authorized military band version is the arrangement in G major by Lieutenant Colonel Basil H. Brown, published by Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd;
b. the authorized pipe band version is "Mallorca"; and
c. "God Save The Queen" is not sung when played as a military salute. (See Chapter 13 for further information on honours and salutes.)
11. Vice-Regal Salute. The Vice-regal salute is a musical salute to the Governor-General and to Lieutenant-Governor of a province. It is a musical arrangement of the first six bars of the royal anthem, "God Save The Queen", and the first and last four bars of the national anthem, "O Canada" as produced and distributed by DHH Music from the authorized arrangements identified in paragraphs 9 and 10. The authorized pipe band version is the second four bars of "Mallorca" with a dotted eighth note and sixteenth note anacrusis, and the first two bars of the national anthem. Only the authorized version shall be played for military honours and salutes to the Governor-General of Canada and to Lieutenant-Governors when within their sphere of jurisdiction (see Chapter 13).
12. General Salute. This is a musical salute to flag/general officers and inspecting officers below flag/general officer rank. The authorized military band version is available on request from DHH Music. The authorized pipe band version is the first eight bars of "Loch Leven Castle" and for cadet pipe bands, the first and last two bars of "The Maple Leaf Forever". Only the authorized version shall be played for military honours and salutes (see Chapter 13).
13. The national anthem shall be played to musically identify Canadian units and their allegiance on appropriate occasions at home and abroad. The royal anthem is normally not played, except as noted below.
14. The royal anthem shall be played as a musical salute during the loyal toast in accordance with Chapter 12, Section 2.
15. The national and royal anthems and the Vice-Regal salute, as appropriate, shall be played as musical salutes to important personages in accordance Chapter 13.
16. Bands performing in a public entertainment shall play the national anthem (except in extenuating circumstances), and may also play the royal anthem if specifically requested by the official sponsors.
17. "God Save The Queen" may be played as the national anthem of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland when appropriate and when parading with British Forces.
18. CF bands shall be in possession of the authorized march card containing the anthems and salutes detailed in paragraphs 9 to 12. Cards may be requested from DHH Music or a Regular Force band.
19. Foreign National Anthems. a. Except as prescribed in sub-paragraph b, when two or more foreign national anthems are to be played, they shall be played in the United Nations order of precedence, that is, in English alphabetical order. Normally, except as prescribed in paragraph 20, the national anthem of the host country is played after all other anthems.
b. When only the BENELUX countries – Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands – are involved, anthems shall be played in French alphabetical order.
c. The protocol for playing foreign anthems during toasts at mess dinners is noted in Chapter 12, Section 2.
d. CF bands play the foreign national anthem versions published by the United States Navy. These versions may be requested from DHH Music.
20. Her Majesty's Canadian (HMC) Ships. When bands are present at the hoisting of colours on HMC Ships, they shall:
a. in a Canadian port, play the national anthem;
b. in the port of another country, play the national anthem immediately followed by the national anthem of the country in which the port is situated; and
c. after the ceremony outlined in paragraphs a. or b. has taken place, play the national anthems of any foreign warships present as follows:
1) for warships in which flag officers are present, in the order of seniority of the flag officers, and
(2) for warships in which flag officers are not present, in an order varied from day to day.
21. Compliments. Military personnel in attendance when national anthems are played shall pay compliments as prescribed in A-PD-201-000/PT-000, CF Manual of Drill and Ceremonial, Chapter 1, Section 2. Sentries shall shoulder arms on hearing a national anthem unless in the vicinity of guards turned out to salute an important personage when they shall present arms in time with the guard.
22. An authorized march is a musical composition or arrangement in march form that musically identifies a unit or other organization as approved by NDHQ/DHH. It may be in slow, quick or double time.
23. Marches are not kept unique to a particular unit or other organization by regulation. However, since they are signature tunes, units or other organizations should consider other CF users. Courtesy letters to and agreement from these users are required before a request for authorization is forwarded through normal channels to Branch Advisors and NDHQ/DHH. In most cases, a separate march is more appropriate. As a guide, compositions that are technically impressive but fail to linger in the average listener's memory should be avoided. Often, folk or popular melodies are the best.
24. Branch marches and calls shall apply to all functional units within each branch. Except for The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, armoured and infantry regiments, no other marches or calls will be authorized for functional units of the same branch, as this reduces the ability to use marches for musical identification.
25. It is not the practice to authorize pipe band marches unless a unit or other organization has established a traditional right to use such a march.
26. Only one march, in quick time, will be authorized for any unit.
27. A second march, in slow time, is authorized only where a unit or other organization has established a traditional right to and continual usage of such a march.
28. A second march, in double time, is authorized only for rifle regiments that traditionally march past in quick and double time on those ceremonial occasions where others march past in slow and quick time.
29. The adoption of an additional march or marches may be authorized by NDHQ/DHH where a band is unable, because of its instrumentation, to play the march or marches specified. Such additional marches shall not supersede the primary march or marches authorized.
30. Units and other organizations that already have additional marches authorized for special occasions, eg, mounted parades, may continue their use. Such multiple marches are no longer authorized for the reason noted in paragraph 24. Within regiments, separate battalion marches are no longer authorized for the same reason (see also paragraph 2).
31. Authorized marches are listed in Annexes A and B.
32. Authorized marches are played on occasions such as march pasts, when the Colours are marched on parade, at the end of concerts and on all other ceremonial occasions where the unit or other organization is to be identified.
33. Marches often are, but need not be, played at mess dinners. For customary guidance, at routine dinners and dining-in nights, only the march of the unit or other organization concerned is played. Commonly, if representatives of other units or organizations are officially hosted at dinners, their marches are also played; private guests are not normally so honoured. See Chapter 12, Section 2, paragraph 7, for parallel comparison. Nothing in this guideline, however, prevents a parade of marches for all attendees. The host determines the protocol to be followed and notifies attendees, normally during the dinner.
34. If the host decides to follow a mess dinner with a parade of marches, the president of the mess committtee shall ensure that the order of precedence in Chapter 1 is followed. Command marches will be played only when a flag/general officer of a command headquarters is a guest, or at command functions. Similarly, area and formation marches will be played only when a senior officer of the headquarters is an official guest, or at area or formation functions. Command, formation and branch marches eligible to be played in a number of positions in the sequence shall be played in the most senior position only. Marches of allied units or other organizations may be played in a position within the order of precedence as deemed appropriate by the host. If a parade of marches includes both organization (command, formation, unit) and branch marches, the current appointments of many individuals will allow them to identify with more than one, e.g., a navy logistics branch member now serving with a construction engineering unit and attending an Air Command mess dinner.
34A. Instructions for the authorized shortened mess dinner version of a march can be found at A-PD-202-001/FP-000, CF Band Instructions.
34B. If a band is unavailable to provide music support to the mess dinner, recordings of marches may be obtained from the audio visual research library (AVRL) at: +CFJIC A SQN CUST SVCS@CDI CFJIC@Ottawa-Hull.
35. A call is a musical composition normally played on a trumpet that:
a. may be a regimental call that musically identifies a specific regiment, or other organization; or
b. may be a routine call that musically announces or orders specific timings or actions (eg, Reveille, Alert, General Salute, Last Post).
36. Regimental calls are unique to one unit or organization on the Canadian order of battle.
37. Where a branch call is authorized, it applies to all functional units of that branch.
38. Authorized calls shall be adhered to without addition or alteration, either in sounding or application. Authorized calls are in A-PD-202-001/FP-000, CF Band Instructions, or in A-AD-267-000/AG-001 to 004, Lineages and Insignia of the CF.

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Regimental Marches of the CF
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