Nanaimo audience members get a royal treat when the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy performs at the Port Theatre Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
The 35-piece band performs a diverse range of styles from jazz, rock and contemporary to marching and symphonic concert band songs.
The band is under the direction of Lt. Matthew Clark and performs during Remembrance Day parades, military dinners and other ceremonial duties.
The Naden Band formed during the Second World War and assisted the Canadian government in raising money for the war effort through war bond drives.
Naden Band members became Canadian Ambassadors at Expo ’70 in Osaka, Japan and in 1972 toured in Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.
In 1994, the Naden Band was one of five that was cut due to federal budget changes, but in 1997 the band was reinstated.
The band supports non-profit organizations such as the Salvation Army, the United Way and the Military Family Resource Centre and others.
Proceeds from the Nanaimo concert will go to local cadet corps.
Tickets are $18 and are available in advance by calling 250-754-8550 or online at www.porttheatre.com.
For more information about the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, please go to http://en.nadenband.ca.