in Europe edit Austria edit Military bands of Austria are for the most part similar to the German musical format, although some military bands lack a Corps of Drums, which is the most notable part of the German format. In the mid 19th century each smaller unit had their own fifer and drummer, who sounded the daily routine. Following the development of instruments such as the keyed trumpet or the saxhorn family of brass instruments, a second tradition of the brass and woodwind military band was formed. 75 East Germany 's official band service was the Military Music Service of the National People's Army ( Nationale Volksarmee organized into the same ensembles as in the Bundeswehr, as well as added ensembles based on Soviet influence. The military bands in the KPA and police bands in the kpisf are led by a Conductor or Director of Music, with a Drum Major joining him or her to mark the pace of the bands,. These bands serve the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force.