About The Festival
The Visitors' Experience
A Dazzling Experience
The Festival builds on the quality and excellence of prestigious bands, whose rich musical traditions win the heart of the public.
This series of sumptuous events complements the free concerts offered in public. Ceremonially arrayed, the military bands perform in various outdoor venues. Many popular performances are offered during the day in approximately ten sites throughout Québec City. Several major shows are also presented in the evening. Guest bands, elegantly attired in their best uniforms with their shining instruments, perform before delighted spectators.
The audience is carried away by the magnificence and rhythm of the many musical performances, marches, military music, national anthems and mass interpretations of this magnificent, free celebration.
A repertoire to please everyone from the die-hard fan to the first-timer
Since it was first established in 1998, the Québec city International Festival of Military Bands has developed a broad and accessible repertoire which includes well-known and much-appreciated music, as well as a selection of novelties. Music programs are varied and brilliantly performed, so everyone from the savvy music lover to the casual listener can access and appreciate the immense richness of military music.
Over the years, the Québec city International Festival of Military Bands has offered its audience a wide variety of major, spectacular events. These great performances also represent major challenges for the musicians, as they find themselves sharing the stage with colleagues from other bands.
These unique gatherings and the great moments they offer to the audience have become the signature of innovative programming in which the level of performance is nothing short of extraordinary.
Close to the public
One of the objectives of the Québec city International Festival of Military Bands is to promote Canadian and international military music. To do so, the organization provides multiple opportunities for interaction between festival-goers and musicians. During these activities, visitors young and old can share the artistic passion of the musicians, get examine the instruments up close and, most importantly, discover a wonderful musical genre.
In constant evolution
The numerous Festival regulars know that their event has many surprises and novelties in store for them year after year. The Festival's programming, inspired by the invited bands' desire to outdo themselves and the ever-rising expectations of the public, is in constant evolution.
From the outset, the diversity of the guest bands alone promises something fresh to pique the interest of the audience. Rounds of applause and foot tapping have welcomed such things as the introduction of a Scottish songs and dances component.
Also taking place are special events during which Festival-goers can discover the multifaceted talents of these exceptional musicians.
The theatrical component, which is one of the most highly appreciated with its brilliant display and spectacular troop drills, continues to win the hearts of an ever-growing audience
The Québec City International Festival of Military Bands definitely has its place in the schedule of events in Québec City, Canada. Its popular music and activities are accessible to everyone. The Festival is a perfect family activity for the just-before-back-to-school time.