The Regimental Band of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry
The Regimental Band was first formed in 1866 by Peter Grossman as the 13th Battalion Band at the request of the Commanding Officer of the 13th Battalion Voluntary Militia. It traces its roots to the Hamilton Artillery Band formed in Hamilton in 1855. It is the oldest enlisted band in Canada.
The Band has played a very important part in the ceremonial celebrations of Hamilton throughout the 20th century performing for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) during their official visit, twice for HRH the Prince of Wales, as well as the Her Majesty the Queen in 1998 and 2002. The Brass Quintet of the RHLI also played for HRH Prince Philip, our Colonel-in-Chief at the Duke of Edinburgh’s awards at the Royal York Hotel. In September 2012, the band played for HRH Prince Edward during the Trooping of the Colours.
In June 2016, The Band of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry was very honoured to be asked, by the Colonel Commandant of the Rifles – Lt Gen Nick Carter – to participate in the Rifles “Sounding Retreat” on Horse Guards Parade for His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
This was the Bands third performance in London in its 161 year history having performed in 1908 for King Edward VII and also Beat Retreat at Chelsea Hospital in 2002, and this event would mark the first time a Canadian Military Band has performed a “Sound Retreat” on Horse Guards Parade.
The 14th Director of Music is Capt Ryan Baker, CD, the BSM is Sgt Genevieve Wong, CD and the Drum Major is Sgt Adam Malseed, CD.