To encourage and promote music performances in Waterloo Region and elsewhere and the preservation of the history of drum & bugle bands and the exposition of that history generally. The original 1938 band disbanded in 1967 and reformed in 1998. In 2012 a new Cadet Corps was formed to replicate the original band and perpetuate the iconic imaga and reputation of this famous band. Referred to as A Canadian Treasure and the Gem Of Cambridge the bands 200 members tour in Canada and the United States and perform for over one million spectators each years in parades, music and motion field shows and special cultural and historical events and festivals. The organization promotes excellence in musicianship, precision drill,
and community pride. The benefits to all members are many - builds confidence and self esteem, achieve self-discipline, enhances brain-power and school grades, make friends for life, travel, advances creativity, improves memory, develops teamwork, experience the thrill of performance, learn how to achieve competitive excellence and become a musician for life. With annual band fees at $40 and for Cadets $20, membership is open to all people. Uniforms, instruments and world class instructors are included in the fee. Regardless of experience there is a place for each person as a player or volunteer. Unlike many team sports there is no sideline sitting - everyone performs simultaneously as a team or "Corps".
About PRESTON SCOUT HOUSE BAND INC
The Scout House organization began in 1938 and developed into a championship competitive Corps in North American. It disbanded in 1967 and reformed in 1998. In 2012 the Scout House Cadet Drum & Bugle Corps formed with a 10 person drum line. It has now added a 20 person horn line and is executing a five year plan to reach a 90 person competitive Corps. Cadet ages range from 10 to 18 and up to 83 in the Scout House Band with younger members continually joining. (17 new band members in 2014). No member receives any compensation for their services. The Band is managed by an elected Board Of Directors under a Province of Ontario Corporation Charter. It is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency 88877 4791 RR0001. Funds are derived solely from corporate and personal donations, performance fees and fundraising events. Financial challenges include instrument replacement, uniform replacement, transportation equipment and performance regalia.