Sunset Ceremony 2016 – A Fresh Perspective
27832 OCdt (I) Cardona, 12 Sqn
In addition to the extensive preparation for graduation parade,Officer Cadets (OCdts) of RMCC have also been rehearsing and preparing for this year’s sunset ceremony. On Thursday night, the hours of hard work came paid off in front of a crowd of hundreds of exhilarated fans, including the Minister of Defence, The Honourable, Harjit Sajjan.
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It’s been a busy couple of weeks at the college, not only with preparation for graduation weekend, but also with out-clearance, course selections and preparing to go on training for the summer. The sunset ceremony gave OCdts and their families a chance to see the College’s talent on display.
The ceremony began with a special demonstration from the CAF parachutist team, the Sky Hawks, who performed an exhilarating aerial display hundreds of feet above the College. Their precise and daring stunts were beyond astonishing. I’ve never seen anything like it and having the privilege to witness highly trained professionals accomplish such feats is a true testament to the power of teamwork and physical fitness. This remarkable display was the first, but definitely not the last time that my breath was taken away that night.
Following the Sky Hawks, RMC’s band took center stage. The crowd was treated to pop music and live singing by the brass and reed band. Although the band and both talented singers sounded excellent, the bandmaster, Warrant Officer Aldwin Albino, stole the show with his masterful dancing. Speaking of dancing, the highland dancers, along with the pipes and drums, also put on a great show. For me, the highlight was when the two bands came together and played a beautiful rendition of Highland Cathedral.
After these performances, the night was filled with drill and ceremonial movements. RMC’s drill team, under the command of OCdt Andrew Garbutt, was flawless. Their positive control of the weapons and precision of their movements were almost inhuman. The same goes for the Old 18 and the honour guard. I’m sure that the roar of the Naval Gun Crew’s mighty cannons started half of Kingston.
The ceremony ended with the lowering of the flags and the playing of Amazing Grace. The playing of Amazing Grace left me with mixed emotions. On one hand, I was genuinely moved by the band’s talent but on the other hand I was afraid that the piper would fall off of the Mackenzie building! Finally, the night literally ended with a bang as we were treated to a spectacular fireworks display.
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