Music in the Park wraps up in a big way Friday, bringing in the Canadian Navy’s big guns.

The Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy opens the Gyro Park show Friday evening.

The band is comprised of 35 professional full-time musicians whose primary role within the Royal Canadian Navy is to, among other things, generate public awareness. It strives to serve as a role model within the local community by using music as a means to make positive change in the lives of others.

In addition to supporting the Military Family Resource Centre and the United Way Government Workplace Charitable Campaign, the band maintains a number of community partnerships and outreach programs, including local music Cadets Corps and educational school concerts.

Inside the Navy, the band performs at parades, ship departures and arrivals, and military dinners. The band’s presence at such events helps to preserve naval customs and traditions while heightening morale and esprit de corps.

07_01_harminder_01Now 75 years old, the band has established and maintained a reputation of presenting audiences at home and abroad with musical performances of the highest calibre, while taking pride in making a difference within the communities it serves.

Under the direction of Lieutenant (N) Matthew Clark (CD), the band performs in a variety of large and small ensembles ranging from symphonic concert band, marching band, jazz band, Dixieland band, rock and contemporary ensembles as well as brass and woodwind quintets.

The full 35-member band will be performing in Osoyoos Friday evening. The show opens at 6:30 p.m.