About the Cadet Summer Training Centre

The Regional Cadet School of Music - Eastern (RCSME) was founded in Cap-Rouge in 1982 at the St-Augustin Seminary and was relocated to Mont St-Sacrement High School in St Gabriel-de-Valcartier in 1983.Since RCSME was created, cadets from all over the province have received musical training that has enabled them to attain a variety of music levels. The courses were initially six weeks long. In 1990, three-week courses were introduced. The school came up with yet another innovation in 1988—an individualized musical training program for cadets. As a result, every cadet receives a private course once a week.In 1998, RCSME set our objectives and values. Our objectives are to improve every cadet’s musical skills, leadership qualities and fitness level, and to provide opportunities for fun. Our values are respect for others and the environment, a positive attitude and team spirit.Since the summer of 2003, the advanced music course is now offered to all cadets, not only to Army cadets. l’Armée.

After a competition, a march entitled “À Cœur Vaillant,” composed by Benoit Lizotte, became the official march of RCSME. In 2005, another competition was held to write lyrics for the march. The winner was David Grenon.In 2005, an official emblem was created for RCSME that reflects the musical side of the camp as well as its location and motto. That same year, stage band was introduced at the school. The stage band has performed at numerous events such as the Rimouski Jazz Festival and the Quebec City International Festival of Military Bands in 2006.As a result of artistic activities such as visual arts, theatre, choir and dance being added in 2010, the school has become a centre of the arts. In 2011, a three-week band course specialized in percussion was added. School of Music was celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2011.The School of Music provides cadets with standard musical training given by qualified instructors. It is noteworthy that RCSME is the only music school in Canada and that cadets from all three elements attend the school at the same time.During their stay at the camp, cadets study a number of aspects of music. They receive courses on instruments, aural training, rhythm, music theory, instrument maintenance, and band drill with instruments, and take part in ensemble music practices. The advanced course is an opportunity for cadets to hone their skills in teaching techniques, leadership, conducting, drum major and more. Specific courses for cadets from each element are also given along with sports, recreational and cultural activities.In short, RCSME provides the cadets with diverse training, unforgettable memories, new friendships and the opportunity to grow in harmony, which has been RCSME’s motto since 1997.

Commanding Officer of School of Music :

  • 1982 Major André Robert, CD
  • 1983 Major Jules Rousseau, CD
  • 1984 to 1990 Lieutenant Colonel Charles-Auguste Villeneuve, CD
  • 1991 to 1993 Major Jean-Luc Beaudry, CD
  • 1994 to 1995 Lieutenant Colonel Denis Germain, CD
  • 1996 to 1997 Lieutenant Colonel Réal Cloutier, CD
  • 1998 to 2000 Lieutenant Colonel Réjean Turgeon, CD
  • 2001 to 2005 Lieutenant Colonel Denis Mercier, OMM, CD
  • 2006 to 2007 Commander Gaston Girard, CD
  • 2008 to 2010 Lieutenant Colonel Hélène de Champlain, CD
  • 2011 Lieutenant-colonel Pierre Labelle, CD
  • 2012-2013 Commander Gilles Caron, CD
  • 2014 Lieutenant Colonel Carmen Hamel, MMM, CD