College upholds Remembrance Day tradition with public performance

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Canadian College of Performing Arts is proud to once again partner with the District of Oak Bay and the Band of the 5th (British Columbia) Field Regiment for a public Concert of Remembrance.

The production will be presented on Thursday Nov. 7, 7:00 p.m., at the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre at Oak Bay High School, 2121 Cadboro Bay Rd. It will feature over 50 students from the College’s two-year diploma program performing with the Band of the 5th (BC) Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery. This year’s performance will feature artwork and video contributions from students in the after school care program at Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture.

A longstanding tradition gifted annually to parishes, legions and senior groups, this year’s concert has been drawn from the real-life letters of Private John Bapst Cronin. “In sharing one soldier’s personal experience from over a hundred years ago, the students honour the individual struggles and sacrifice of all who have been called to serve,” says Managing Artistic Director, Caleb Marshall, who compiled and arranged the presentation with Vocal Ensemble instructor Meredith Zwicker. The presentation will include a tapestry of classic wartime musical favourites, text and dialogue that combine to tell an impactful story.

Marshall says, “One of the College’s founding principles is community rooted volunteerism, and this is a way for our students to not only respect and honour those who have given so much for our freedom, but actively give back to our community.” Karen Manders, Acting Arts and Culture Programmer at Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture added, “We are proud to present this concert again in partnership with the CCPA. Remembrance Day has many different meanings for our intergenerational community and the arts are a great way to convey these. Last year, this concert was as uplifting as it was poignant we applaud the students and the College for sharing their talents with our community.”

Tickets to the performance are by donation and are accepted online or at the door. Advance booking available at

Proceeds from this public performance will benefit the Military Family Resource Centre, and the Canadian Heritage Arts Society.
For more information visit, or call 250-595-9970.

The Band of the 5th (B.C.) Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery is a unit of the Primary Reserve of the Canadian Armed Forces and is the only Reserve brass-reed band on Vancouver Island. It has the distinction of being the oldest continually-operational military band west of Thunder Bay, Ontario, dating back to 1864.

The Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) offers quality training in a broad spectrum of skills which will prepare the students for careers in the performing arts locally, nationally or internationally. The College provides a stimulating, positive and constructive environment where students are encouraged to develop high standards of work ethics and conduct which will serve them in any field of endeavour in the future.

CCPA offers three post-secondary training programs for performing arts aligned with the needs of the industry. These unique and intensive programs attract artists from across Canada and around the world. CCPA alumni are pursuing successful careers on major stages across Canada in New York and London, as well as film, television and the recording industry. For more information about CCPA please visit our website at:

Andrew Barrett
Marketing & Communications Officer
250-595-9970 EXT 223