The Waterloo Shrine Oriental Band is a unit within Mocha Shriners which is the Southwestern Ontario chapter of Shriners International.
Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. There are approximately 350,000 members from 191 temples (chapters) in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Republic of Panama.
Shriners International supports Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs.
Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care at Shriners Hospitals for Children and receive all services at no financial obligation to families.
Formed in 1983 by a number of the Shriners in the Waterloo area, the band plays at parades throughout the year and at various Shrine functions.
The Waterloo Shrine Oriental Band is one of the most colourful Units of the Shrine and plays for parades and Shrine Ceremonials.
You'll recognize us by our Arabic costumes, by the turned-up toes on our green shoes, and especially by the "toe-tapping" Arabic music we play.
You do not have to be able to read music. The Band Director, Assistant Director and other Bandsmen will assist you in learning the music. The basic instruments played by the Oriental Band are the Mussette, Drums, Tambourine and Cymbals. If you wish to join our Band you will be provided with your own instrument and costume!
The band meets at the Waterloo Masonic Lodge, 440 Weber St. N, Waterloo, ON, the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:30pm for a business meeting. Rehearsals follow from 8:00pm to 9:00pm.