Anticipated Position

Senior Military Interpreter: Principal Musician (Section Leader)


Total Number of Positions:3 (Lead Snare Drum, Fife Major, and Bugle Major)

Period of Job Being Offered: Between 30 to 33.75 hours per week working mostly 930am to 5pm Thursday to Sunday over a six to twelve week period. Exact start and end dates to be confirmed.

Work location: The majority of work takes place outdoors on Parliament Hill and at the Ottawa Locks. Other locations to be confirmed.

Hourly rates of pay: The hourly rate is $15.25.

Tasks: To interpret the role of an early 19th-century British drummer, fifer or bugler by playing period music on a rope-tension snare drum, fife or bugle; executing military drills and manoeuvres; providing lectures to visitors; participating in historical dramatizations and parades in a period uniform; and conducting research of historical documents relating to music.

Section Leaders are responsible for the performance standard of their section, organizing and leading sectional rehearsals, assisting the Drum Major in realising interpretive directions, and giving feedback and performance indications to members of their section.

Section leaders also play solo passages in the repertoire, sit on the selection committee during auditions, and prepare suitable audition material for auditions and casual assessments relevant to the section.


1.     Participates in daily training routines along with solo and group musical demonstrations.

2.     Provides lectures and interpretation to visitors at events, the Ottawa Locks, and the War of 1812 Monument on Parliament Hill.

3.     Maintains personal uniform and equipment by regular shining and cleaning.

4.     Participates in routine and special ceremonial parade functions.

5.     Performs other duties as required.


1.     Between 18 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;

2.     Have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;

3.     Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

4.     Able to proficiently play either a snare drum, fife or bugle and to quickly memorize music.

5.     Able to provide coaching / teaching to their section on instrument fundamentals.


  1. Experience teaching music.

  2. Supervisory experience.

  3. Experience as a section leader in a band.

  4. Previous experience in dealing with the public, customer service, guided tours, heritage interpretation, group animation or tourism.

  5. Experience in a marching band.

  6. Experience as a senior Sea, Army, or Air Cadet.

Furthermore, successful candidates must:

1.     Wear and maintain a uniform;

2.     Be willing and able to work variable schedule that includes weekends, and statutory holidays;

3.     Work outdoors in various weather conditions;

4.     Attend mandatory paid training at the beginning of employment.

For more information please contact William Sinka 819-209-0711 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.