Join us for a weekend where the echoes of history intertwine with the vibrancy of contemporary musical prowess, celebrating Victoria Day in style. “Fortissimo Victoria” will feature two multi-band performances, showcasing brass-reed musicians alongside the stirring melodies of pipes and drums.

Closing the first day of the Victoria Highland Games will be a spirited performance beginning at 6pm by the University of Washington Huskies Drumline, followed by the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Regimental Pipes and Drums of the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s), along with the return of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band, United States Marine Corps.

In a nod to history, the Canadian Scottish Regiment and the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band collaborated on the album “Bands Across the Border” in 2000, showcasing the strong bond between Canadian and American military musical talent.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, May 18 – 6pm: “Fortissimo Victoria” at Topaz Park, coinciding with the Victoria Highland Games. The evening will feature a rendition of “Chariots of Fire,” a tribute to the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. The event will be live-streamed for enjoyment of those unable to attend in person, click here for the hyperlink

Sunday, May 19 – 4pm: “Fortissimo Victoria” at the BC Legislature steps, presented in partnership with the Greater Victoria Festival Society, as a prelude to the Victoria Day Parade on Monday.

Acknowledgement: Performances by the Naden Band and the CScotR Pipes & Drums courtesy of the Commander, Maritime Forces Pacific and the Commanding Officer, Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s).