Posted by Ian Mac on April 19, 2002 at 21:44:00:
In Reply to: US military music questions posted by Klaus on April 19, 2002 at 21:02:44:
I had to wear a bearskin hat in a reserve band I played in which was part of the Royal Regiment, in Toronto. I'm pretty sure the Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa also wears them, along with a few other regiments throughout Canada. I don't know the history behind them, but I can tell you they are very awkward, hot and stinky. I never tried to play a sousaphone while wearing one, but can imagine it would be a challenge. I would imagine that most commonwealth countries would have regiments that wear the bearskin as a part of their ceremonial dress. I hope that helps.