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Volume 12 - Issue 1 - September 2006

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BAND Standby Jack MacQuarrieAs I SIT DOWN TO WRITE, the Canadian National Exhibition has justopened for another season. The CNE used to mean one or more performanceson either the Main Bandshell or the smaller North Bandstand,but now band concerts there are only a memory . Gone are the"Feature Bands" from Britain, the USA and around the globe. Onecould be tempted to believe that band concerts were as archaic assaddle shoes and bobby socks and that town bands were extinct.Times have changed, but, as you will see, the town band has not disappeared;it has evolved.I have been asked, as the first challenge in my new role asWholeNote's Band Stand columnist to investigate the state of the bandcommunity in Ontario by revising last year' s list and ferreting out othersto be added. With close to two hundred telephone calls, e-mails, websearches and in-person chats over the past two weeks, I have my answer.Community bands in Ontario are alive and well. I started with alist of 46 bands; the list now stands at 101, and is still growing. Myqueries, without exception, were greeted with a warm and friendly response,and with almost every telephone call there were personal reflectionsof memorable performances, friends in common, and bands orvenues in which we had played. It has been like a two week long familyreunion. My only regret is that it will be impossible to accept all of theinvitations to visit and/or sit in with the bands contacted. Thank you allwho assisted, in particular, Keith Estabrooks of The Valley ConcertBand in Arnprior and Max MacDonald of the Perth Citizens' Band.Many of the bands I contacted have their own websites. Thehome page of The National Capital Concert Band in Ottawa,, is particularly impressive, while top marks for names go to the "NoStrings Attached Community Band" in Sudbury and "The GravenhurstBifocals Band!" and for content to Graham Nasby of the WellingtonWinds, Banding is certainly not dead.With your participation, Band Stand can be a clearing houseto exchange information throughout our banding community. Pleasestay in touch. Already, in my calling around, I have learned of a husbandand wife who have been playing in one of the listed communitybands and now are moving to another community and will be lookingfor a band which is a good match for their tastes and musical abilities.I hope this listing will assist them.The list in the magazine includes the name of each band and acontact name and phone number. The online version is located atwwwthewholenote .com and includes: rehearsal day, time and location,conductor's name, website, e-mail and who can join.While the focus this month is on the listing of bands, I would be remissifl did not mention two special events coming soon:As part of the opening ceremonies for the new Rose Theatreat 1 Theatre Lane in Brampton, on the Sunday Sept. 10th, 2006 at8:00 pm The City of Brampton Concert Band will present "A Tributeto Howard Cable" . As Guest Conductor, Dr. Howard Cable OC willconduct a new work commissioned for the occasion.A special event of a different sort takes place early in the fallwhen the Etobicoke Community Concert Band hosts an open housefor potential new members to visit and sit in. Call for details of date,time and place.~J~~HARKNETTMusical Services Ltd.MUSIC BOOKSBEST SELECTION OF POPULAR& EDUCATIONAL MUSICPiano - Guitar - InstrumentalBrass - Woodwind -String Instruments - GuitarBuy direct from the DistributorAU1HORIZED DEALER FOR:Armstrong, Artley, Besson, BengeBoosey & Hawkes, Buffet, ConnGetzen, Jupiter, Keilworth, KingIbanez Guitars, Scher! & Ruth String Inst.www.harknettmusic.comMid-Town Store416-423-9494943 Eglinton Ave. E. (W of Leslie)(Next door to Robert Lowrey's Piano Experts)Main Store905-477-11412650 John Street Oust North of Stee!es)WholeNote's 8th AnnualBand DirectoryCommunity Bands 10122nd Wing Military Concert BandWarrant Officer Chip Kean 705-494-2011ext 2234 (North Bay)8 Wing Concert Band (Trenton)Sgt. Gordon Smith 613-392-2811 x3510Acton Citizens' BandGeorge EJliott 519-853-0356Argonotes, Toronto Argonauts BandSteve Hayman 416-769-2847Ayr-Paris BandHeidi Ostner 519-632-7 433Barrie Concert BandBetty Lillo or Henry Bergsma 705-436-5529 or705-721-4168Bayfield Winds Concert Band (Goderich)Paul Dearlove 519-565-5611Brampton Concert BandDavid Harmsworth 905-451-6389 (h) or905-451-0174 (b)Brass Conspiracy (Toronto)Dan Manley 416-409-4637Brassroots (London)Bram Gregson 519-264-2620Brockville Concert BandKaren Frech 613-345-2394Burlington Concert BandHarland R. Marshall 905-312-9544Burlington Teen Tour BandLaura Filman 905-335-7808Caledon Concert BandAndy Dunn 416-276-7852Cambridge Concert BandElizabeth Reed 519-653-1055Carleton Place and District Community BandGraham Ingram 613-253-0846Centralaires Band (Ottawa)Richard Nolan 613-745-2663Chatham Concert BandDr. John Leigh 519-352-7167Chinguacousy Band (Brampton)Al Bourke 905-455-1917 or 416-435-1917Clarington Concert Band (Bowmanville)Colin Rowe 905- 697-8956Concert Band of CobourgAndrew Jourard 905-697-3190Dundas Concert BandDave Baldry 905-523-9500East York Concert BandErnie Walker 416-266-1958Encore ... The Concert Band (London)Judy Reid 519-473-1778Etobicoke Community Concert BandDennis Locke 416-622-8389or416-410-1570Etobicoke Youth BandMichael Samotowka 416-239-9724Fergus Brass BandPeter Harris 519-843-5609Festival Wind Orchestra (Toronto)Shelley Goodman 416-491-1683Fort Erie Legion Concert BandBrian Williams 905-227-0150Frontenac Community Concert BandRickCory613-549-7436 (Kingston)Galt Kiltie BandBob Fox 519-621-8707Georgina Brass Band (Keswick)Don Giles 905-476-7123Gravenhurst Bifocals BandBonnie Parkhill 705-645-8810Greater Windsor Concert BandKaren Barnes 519-726-6723Guelph Concert BandTerry Gillespie 519-824-9504Haldimand-Norfolk Concert BandDouglas Campbell 905-768-3969Hamilton Concert BandDave Pearson 905-772-5205Hannaford Community Band (Toronto)Anita McAlister 905-84 7-7682Hannaford Junior Band (Toronto)Anita McAlister 905-84 7-7682Hannaford Youth Band (Toronto)Darryl Eaton 905-847-7682Hart House Symphonic Band (Toronto)Zoe Dille 416-978-5362Highlands Concert Band (Haliburton)Ken Loney 705-754-4074Highlands Wind SymphonyGlen Carter 705 457-2862 (Haliburton)Holland's Glorie Band (St. Catharines)Gus Jonker 905-934-7712Intrada Brass (Mississauga)Doug Field 905-849-0728Kitchener Musical Society BandCathy Baer 519-5 71-0677Koffler Concert Band (Toronto)Resa Kochberg or Adrienne Cohen905-731-4845 or 416-636-1880 x228Koffler Concert Band Resa' s PiecesResa Kochberg or Adrienne Cohen905-731-4845 or 416-636-1880 ext. 228Encore Symphonic Concert Band (Thornhill) Lambton Concert Band (Sarnia)Tom Robins 416-239-366 NormSutherland 519-882-181628 WWW . 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Lincoln Concert Band (Bowmanville)Richard Rybiak 905-892-2105Lindsay Kinsmen BandMichael Warren 705-328-3212London Concert BandRobert Kennedy 519-439-4757Lydian Wind Ensemble (Whitby)Jacqueline Boufford 905-666-1909Malta Band Chili (Mississauga)Sam Caruana 416-290-6444Maple Leaf Brass Band (Ottawa)Nick Reilly 613-592-5502Markham Concert BandRob Wells 416-464-0!35Metropolitan Silver Band (Toronto)Michele McCall 416-480-0725Mississauga Pops Concert BandDavid Jordan 905-279 -2571Muskoka Concert BandRoger Bolt 705-687-0253National Capital Concert BandStanley H. Clark 613-256-9783Nepean Concert Band613-825-9310Newmarket Citizens' BandCatherine Zilli 905-713-2961Niagara Falls Concert BandBob Durst 905-935-3276No Strings Attached Community BandSandra McMillan 705-523-5627 (Sudbury)North Durham Millennium BandSandy Weeks 905-852-1927 (Port Perry)North Toronto Community BandJohn Krongold 416-787-5193North York Concert BandSydney Gangbar 416-781-6728 eve,905-4 70-0272 dayNorthdale Concert Band (Toronto)Dixie McMorran 416-466-7409Oakville Wind Orchestra905-466-9306 (Pager)Orillia Silver BandSteve Sanderson 705-326-7926Orillia Wind EnsembleAnna Proctor 705-487-6724Oshawa Civic BandBill Askew 905-579-2220Ottawa Community Concert Band (OCCB)Jim Glover 613-824-4294Ottawa Fire Department BandPaul Casagrande 613-831-5834Owen Sound City BandJohn Dickson, President 519-376-3789Oxford Breeze (Woodstock)Ron Bailey 519-537-7871Oxford Winds (Woodstock)Ron Bailey 519-537-7871Pembroke Legion BandBarbara Blackstein 613-638-1994Perth Citizens' BandMax MacDonald 613-257-8099Petawawa Legion Community BandSheila Blore 613-584-2636Peterborough Concert BandVerne Hope 705-742-8193Pickering Community Concert BandCharlotte Kimball 905-509-2459Port Colborne Concert BandBrenda Fairchild-Green 905-685-1242Regimental Band of The Lorne Scots(Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment)Henry Verschuren 416-564-312 (Brampton)Royal Canadian Legion Concert BandTed Winick 416-537-2299 (Toronto)Seaway Winds Concert Band (Cornwall)Barb Hunter 613-534-2111South Simcoe Concert Band (Barrie)Major Ron McKay 705-792-0071;705-730-3861Stratford Concert BandNigel Evans 519-673-3594Swansea Community Concert BandMichelle Springer 416-286-1045 (Toronto)Telephone City Musical SocietyMark Gadsby 519-754-4312 (Brantford)Thornhill Community BandJoan or Lawry Sax 416-223-7152Thorold Reed BandBrian Williams 905-227-0150Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra &Concert WindsAdrienne Pluim 416-481-9099Trenton Citizens' BandMoe Jeffery 613-392-8366University of Toronto Alumni BandJack MacQuarrie 416-964-3642Uxbridge Community Concert BandSteffan Brunette 905-852-5560Valley Concert Band (Arnprior)Keith Estabrooks 613-832-2697Waterloo Concert BandViki Ledwinka 519-846-5055Wellington WindsDave Arthur 519-579-3097Weston Silver BandTheresa MacDonald 905-876-0866Whitby Brass BandIan Redfern 905-668-8337York University Wind Symphony416-736-5186~ sCOSnl~'7 musicFine quality instruments & accessories to suit any budget- Woodwinds, Brass, Strings & PercussionExpert Instrument Repairs in one of North America'slargest and best-equipped facilitiesComprehensive Band & Orchestra Rental Programwith over 9,000 instruments in inventoryYork Region's Largest Music Schoolserving over 1,200 studentsSALES • RENTALS• REPAIRS• LESSONS • PRINT MUSICWhat has 11 heads and sings?Music for Young Children® (MYC®) classesmotivate and empower parents and children, nurturingfamily bonds and delivering valuable and thoroughlyenjoyable co-learning experiences. Since 1980, MYC hasremained one of the world's leading music-learningsystems-the only child-centered program to integratekeyboard, creative movement, rhythm, singing, eartraining, sight-reading, music theory and composition.MYC helps enhance children's social development andlearning skills, improve memory and expressiveness,and bolster confidence and self-esteem.If you're considering music education for your child, takea look at MYC - the music-learning system of choice formore than 24,000 students throughout North America,Asia and New Zealand.The high note in music learning"•Find complete details of each Band online at,including who can join, rehearsal schedules and locations.Send updates lo bandstand@thewholenole.comTo learn more, contact your local MYC teacher:Kimberly Crawford, BA, MBA,Certified MYC" Tel/Fax: 905.780.6482SEPTEMBER 1 - O CTOBER 7 2006 WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM 2

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