Three continents, six participating countries and six days of festivities to feel the rhythm of Military Music!


Québec, Tuesday May 8, 2012 – The Québec City International Festival of Military Bands announces its 14th edition, which will take place from August 21 to 26 2012, and invites the festival-goers to feel the rhythm of the participating Military Bands coming from three different continents. The Festival offers to music lovers and strollers a major crossroads for Military Music, including special encounters with Bands from Germany, Austria, the United States, Chile, France and, of course, Canada.

“After more than 13 years of existence and a constantly growing popularity, the Festival had to take up an important challenge regarding the Bands’ selection for the 14th edition. Well, I am proud to say: challenge accomplished!”, asserts the Festival’s president and executive director, Mr. Yvan Lachance.

This year, the Festival is pleased to welcome hundreds of skilled musicians and artists, whose discipline and precision are matchless. For the first time in the Festival history, the festival-goers will be offered the chance and delight to hear the Militärmusik Tirol (Military Music Band Tyrol) coming all the way from Austria. This prestigious Band is mainly renowned for its musical strength and for the dynamism of its choreographies. In addition to this mythical Band, the Festival takes up with Military Bands that visitors are truly fond of and that have not been seen in almost 10 years in Québec City! Bands rich in cultural traditions that will amaze the whole family.


Feel the rhythm of…

Germany: Luftwaffenmusikkorps 3, Münster (Münster Air Force Band), whose first participation goes back to 10 years and over. This great Symphony Orchestra, composed of 48 graduate musicians, is directed by a young and talented music conductor, Mr. Timor Oliver Chadik. Offering a diversified repertoire, going from military marches to wind instruments symphonies, this Band will charm music lovers and strollers.

Austria: For a first visit in Québec City, the Festival is honored to welcome the Militärmusik Tirol (Military Music Band Tyrol) from Austria. Created in 1957, this Military Band is conducted by Lieutenant Colonel Hannes Apfolterer. Military Music Band Tyrol is more than a music ensemble, it is also the biggest musical training center in the state of Tyrol, where military and civil music conductors are being trained. This Band helps Austria shine within the country and abroad, as a wide variety of distinguished concerts are presented during international Military Tattoos, for instance. Colourful and impressive shows composed of demanding musical programs represents this Band’s specialty.

Chile: Coming directly from South America to warm up the atmosphere, the Chilean Army Concert Band will have the festival-goers dancing on latino rhythms! Created in 1981, this Military Ensemble counts 60 musicians, among which 50 will be in Québec City. Conducted by the Lcol(r) Heinz Schlüter Kaiser, a former German Military Bands’ Musical Director, the Chilean Army Concert Band will offer presentations that feature their vast repertoire, which is inspired by classical, contemporary, folk, and popular music from South America.

United States: The United States Navy Ceremonial Guard Drill Team will show its supremacy in the art of close order and exhibition drill with its precision, timing, and discipline. The Navy Drill Team uses the iconic 1903 Springfield rifle with 10” bayonets, that weighs over 12 pounds. Its members are mainly on duty at the White House for the welcoming of dignitaries and they also take part in other important ceremonies throughout the region of Washington. This handpicked unit performs all across the United States and around the globe. The United States Navy Ceremonial Guard Drill Team may not play any instrument, but the sound of its precise military drills creates interesting and particular rhythmic that sets them apart from other service branches drill teams.

France: This group that last visited us in 2002 is a heritage of Royal des Vaisseaux, created in 1638. The 43e Régiment d’Infanterie based in Lille always had a Band. With the disappearance of mandatory military service in France and to accompany the armies’ restructuring, this group transformed, in September 1999, into a brass ensemble, inspired by the English brass-bands model. Resounding with history, the Musique des Forces terrestres de Lille will most certainly amaze the crowd while showcasing a vast, diversified and eclectic repertoire, from classical to brass-band, including rock and jazz.


Indoor Concerts

As key events for the Festival, the Military Grand Concert Series and the Québec City Military Tattoo offer visitors the chance to appreciate the strength and virtuosity emanating from the participating Orchestras.

International Grand Concert “Celebrating 150 years of history of the Voltigeurs de Québec”, August 22, 2012, Grand Théâtre de Québec, 8 P.M.
Tickets: from $45 to $72 (taxes and fees not included)
418 643-8131 or 1 877 643-8131 or

Québec City Military Tattoo

Back for an eighth year, the Québec City Military Tattoo represents a long-awaited event, even outside the province. Nearly half of the spectators are coming from outside the Québec region. On several occasions, the 700 musicians, dancers and choir members will come together for thrilling musical performances.

August 23, 24 and 25, at the Pepsi Coliseum, 7 P.M.
Tickets: from $37.12 to $63.37 (taxes and fees not included)
418-691-7211 or 1 800 900-7469 or

*The ticket includes a free pass to Expo Québec on the same day.


FEEL THE RHYTHM of Military Music with your family!

The Québec City International Festival of Military Bands offers an accessible and free outdoor programming. The complete programming for outdoor concerts will be revealed in July 2012. Here are the main elements for the 2012 edition:

Welcoming Ceremony, August 21

The Festival’s participating musicians will kick off this 14th edition. An impressive ceremony with Massed Band performances that will dazzle the public.

Festival Parade, August 25

A majestic procession of Military Bands, precision groups, bagpipes, singers and giants parade on the Grande Allée.

Family Day, August 26

In order to brilliantly close the Festival, young and old are invited on the Place George V for a day especially dedicated to families. Come enjoy animation, games, face painting and, of course, concerts for all ages.


For more information about the Festival: 418 694-5757 / 1 888 693-5757 /

The FIMMQ is presented by La Capitale Financial Group, in collaboration with the Quebec Area Land Force. The Festival also wishes to thank its valued partners: the Government of Canada (Canada Economic Development, Veterans Affairs Canada and Canadian Heritage), the Government of Quebec (Bureau de la Capitale-Nationale and Tourisme Québec), Québec City and its Tourism Board.


Interviews : Mélissa Roux-Laforest, Communication Manager | 418.262.3020 |

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