The Canadian Provost Corps School Band
Camp Shilo, Manitoba - 1955
|(L-R) front row: Sgt R.A. (Bob) Tipple,Base Drum and Sgt D.J. Barber, the Bandmaster. Middle row: SsgtJ.C. Halcrow, Cpl A.E. Baker, Cpl P.J. (Jack) Templeton, Cpl W.Chester, Pte G.H. Barber, Sgt G.R. Coss, Cpl E.T. Evans and SgtJoe Schiller. Rear row: Pte A. T. (Tony) L'Orsa, Sgt E.L. (Ernie)Martin, A/Cpl C. R. Schmidt, Sgt H. Armstrong, Cpl C.A. Jennings,Sgt R.H. Jones, and Cpl G.J. Ritza.|
This is believed to be the first time that the C Pro C Band had ever turned out on parade in Dress Blues. The occasion was the Change Of Command ceremony in which LCol A.R. (Andy) Ritchie assumed command of the School from LCol J.J. Platt. Col J.R. (Big Jim) Stone, the reviewing officer, was in attendance in his capacity as the Canadian Army Provost Marshal. Then, Private Tony L'Orsa, on parade as a member of the Band, (supplier of this photo) recalls that Col Stone said in his address that it was the best dressed band that he had ever inspected, but there was apparently no comment in reference to their playing ability, even though Tony thought they played well. Tony also noted in his personal journal of how proud he was of the Provost Corps as he watched members on parade, smartly turned out in their Battle Dress uniforms.
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