Dennis LeClair, To Our Canadian Troops
Over the past 17 year Dennis LeClair has maintained a private practice which provides counseling services to our Canadian Forces and their families through rough times. The idea of the song and compilation came to LeClair after watching a television special regarding The Canadian Military. As the T.V. showed the faces of fallen heroes in Afghanistan it prompted him to write the song “To Our Canadian Troops”.
Commanding Officer & Director of Music, Heather Davis, arranged the music so that it could be used across the nation from school bands to professional groups. “To Our Canadian Troops” is a simple arrangement with bare lyrics – no poetry here – just the raw truth of how families across the country feel.
The commemorative album, To Our Canadian Troops, contains three different versions of the song; The instrumental and Anne McClymont Elementary School Choir being the most enjoyable while LeClair taking centre stage as lead vocalist on the official version should have been thought through. If there was any hope for the public to embrace this as a national song of remembrance to our troops, at least get someone with a competent voice (or even some recognition) to make this bitter-sweet song soar. The album also feature some personal messages from LeClair, Davis, General Walt Natynczyk and Wilf Edmond. I didn’t even know that Canada had a military band and that would be another selling point that they missed here, there should be more music!
It doesn’t matter if you don’t support why the troops are in Afghanistan; as Davis puts it, “the fact is that we want them home safe and sound.” All proceeds from downloads, CD’s and band sheets go to the Military Families, Soldier On and Hospital Comfort Funds to assist Canadian Forces family members in their times of significant need.
Rating: 3/5 Stars