More Photos and NOW Music! Memories of the Carleton Place Marching Saints



There is nothing that makes me weep more than the strains of a bagpiper or the sounds of Sousa. My late father introduced me to military music when I was still in diapers. Every Sunday morning he would be crouched down with his ear inches away from the old HiFi listening to Sousa and the Grenadier Guards at a death defying volume. Arthur also went to every Pipes and Drums Tattoo that came to Montreal. He insisted that we understand that any of the music that came out of the film “The Music Man” was not really what Sousa had intended.

So trust me when I found a video of music from the Carleton Place Marching Saints I listened it to twice.


The Marching Saints were a JR B Drum and Bugle Corps in the 60s and 70s with a excellent horn line in 1971. Musical horn repertoire composed and instructed by Bill Cross. For 21 horns they had an amazing sound This was the last year for this group of players who had been together for years. In 1972 the corps started over with all new kids.



The Saints actually have a small site! with one thing on it- someone should take this job on for 2016 and expand it.








1969 program page Carleton Place Marching Saints



Pictures from the files of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum (Carleton Place Canadian files)

Thank you Robert Blakeley for this!!


About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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