The Beat Retreat ceremony carries on while the sun slowly starts to set on Parliament Hill. Among the music this year being played by the bands were arrangements of music from the Star Wars films- the Imperial theme is particularly effective when played by brass bands. I decided to record a couple of performances, which can be heard at the links. The national anthems of Germany and Canada were played as well during the lowering of the flag set on the lawn. And the centerpiece, musically speaking, of the entire ceremony is a brass and drums arrangement of the 1812 Overture by the company, along with the cannons and the bells of the Peace Tower. When the ceremony is complete, the entire mass of the military bands march off the lawn and are dismissed. It makes for a wonderful occasion, and we had ideal weather for it.