Cranbrook Girls Bugle Band, in search of a new beginning

Cranbrook Girls Bugle Band in Vancouver c.1962
Cranbrook Girls Bugle Band in Vancouver c.1962

The girls have marched their way into the consciousness of the people, and are celebrities in their own right. A Calgarian writes in a letter to the editor on July 10, 2012, in the Daily Townsman.

"I look forward every year to the Cranbrook Girls Bugle Band in the Stampede Parade. I've lived in Calgary all my life, and I watch the parade almost every year. I'm at a point in my life where I really appreciate tradition. As far back as I can remember, the Cranbrook Girls Bugle Band has been part of the parade. I must say that, for me, it wouldn't be the Calgary Stampede parade without them. What a great group of gals you send here every year!" said Barry Moore.

Royal Review at Fort Steele
Royal Review at Fort Steele

Assuming a military style, the girls stand out from the crowd with their patriotic colours of red and white and their famous thirty song repertoires, demonstrating a high level of skill as they have marched on armed with batons, bugles, drums, cymbals, and smiles that exude energy and youthfulness.

A sight to be seen, the girls have traditionally started every parade with the song "Whispering Hope" in honour of Pop Price.

Over the years, the band has performed in a multitude of events in major cities including the Calgary Stampede, Vancouver, and in Western Canada and the United States. Among their accomplishments, the band took the title of "Best in the World" in 1967. They've performed for Queen Elizabeth in Fort Steele and for Gold medalist Olympian skier Nancy Green in Rossland B.C. They have also marched on Parliament Hill and locally in holiday parades and Remembrance Day ceremonies.