Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Code of etiquette for the Barbados National Anthem

1. Whenever the National Anthem is played all civilians present should stand at attention, men with bared heads. Persons in uniform should act in accordance with instructions.

2. Normally one verse only and the chorus will be played. Where a shortened version of the National Anthem is played, it shall consist of the first twelve bars of the verse and the last four bars of the chorus.

The National Anthem shall be played -

(a) for the purposes of a salute on ceremonial or official occasions, on
the arrival and departure of

(i) the Governor General.
(ii) the Sovereign or a member of the Royal family,

(iii) a foreign Sovereign, Head of State or member of a reigning foreign
imperial or Royal Family,

(iv) Governors-General of Independent Commonwealth countries.

(v) Governors of the Associated States, and

(vi) Governors, High Commissioners of Officers administering the Government
of a dependent territory within the Commonwealth

(b) at the beginning of all public performances in a cinema house.

3. The National Anthem may be played:

(a) at the completion of any public function, or
(b) when toasts are proposed at official functions.

4. The National Anthem should not be parodied in verse or in song neither should it be played in any tempo other than that officially recognises (eighty-eight crochets to the minute). Particularly, the tune should not be used as a dance number or for the purposes of advertisement.

5. When more than one anthem is played the Barbados anthem should be played last.

Photo of members of the Royal Barbados Police Force Band:

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