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Volume 12 - Issue 8 - May 2007

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BAND Standby Jack

BAND Standby Jack MacQuarrieReminiscingMy first band activity since writing last month's column was in theform of musical reminiscing at two very different concerts on successiveafternoons.The first of these musical reminiscences was A Musical Tribute toRoland G. White by The Concert Band of Cobourg. Here, the band,through their programming, led us through the musical career of theirConductor Emeritus and his long association with The Royal MarinesPhilharmonic Band and Choir of the Music Societyof St. Helen's: highlight of the show was a solocabaret style offering by a young Rose Mary daSilva, singing with band accompanimentmunity band, but not associated with any specific municipal locality.Rather, its community is made up of those who share a commonheritage of language and history from a distant homeland. The MSSHprogram offers a broad spectrum of free vocal and instrumental musicalinstruction for members of all ages.In order to learn more about MSSH and its work, I arrived at theconcert early enough to chat with the Band's musical director Mr. JoseResendes. By happy coincidence, this backstage visit prompted somepersonal reminiscing for me. As we chatted, we discovered that thelast time I had set foot on Portuguese soil many years ago was in thecity of Ponta Delgada in the Azores, Mr. Resendes' home town.The concert consisted of band selections and choir with band accompaniment.While most of the program was devoted to Portuguesemusic, there was a brief visit to the music of the Beatles. For me, thehighlight of the show was a solo cabaret style offering by a young RoseMary da Silva, singing with band accompaniment. I don't speak aword of Portuguese and didn't understand the lyrics. However, in thisrendition, I received tier message loud and clear. I was completelycaptivated by her performance .. Not only did she have considerablevocal talent, but she displayed a remarkable stage presence for a youngsinger. It almost made me homesick for Portugal.Later in the month I visited the Malta Band Club. Here again communitytakes on a different connotation. The' word community doesn'trefer to any local geographic boundaries, but all those within a large areaof Southern Ontario who trace their roots' to that tiny island in the Mediter-Brass - Woodwind -String Instruments - GuitarBuy direct from the DistributorAUTHORIZED DEALER FOR:Armstrong, Artley, Besson, Buffet,Conn, Getzen, Holton, Jupiter,Keilworth, King, Noblet,Selmer, Vito, Yanagisawa1-..1~~HARKNET'f.Musical Services Ltd.MUSIC BOOKSBEST SELECTIONOF POPULAR&EDUCATIONAL MUSICPiano - Guitar - Instrumental905-477-11412650 John StreetOust North of Steeles)www.harknettmusic.comranean. Founded in 1971, the club has grown to be much more than just aband organization. Under the guidance of Mr. Sam Caruana, studentsof all ages can receive twice weekly instruction on all band instrumentsat the club's building in Mississauga. These facilities now occupyclose to 10,000 square feet in a modern building and provide a widerange of activities one might expect of a cultural social club.Do you know of other such cultural organizations in Ontario wheretheir central purpose is the preservation of musical heritage through thesponsorship of a band and the training of new members to carry on thetraditions of a distant homeland? If you do; please get in touch with us.Before closing this month's column I would be remiss if I did notmention the Hannaford Street Silver Band's recent Russian Odysseyprogram. With guest conductor James Sommerville at the helm, the bandBand Service and the Cobourg band.The second of these 'was the annualspring concert bythe PhilharmonicBand and Choirof the Music Societyof St. Helen's.Founded in 1974,the MSSH is devotedto the promotionof Portuguesemusical heritage,and to develop opportunitiesfor thebroad communityto participate incultural activity.The band is a comproduceddazzling renditions of Shostakovich's "Festive Overture", a new;: concerto for piano and band by Larysa Kuzmenk:o, a new transcription of~ Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" and a barn burner encore of., Khachaturian's "Sabre Dance". The concert was recorded for broadcast at; a later date by CBC Radio 2. Check the program listings. Don't miss it.::;::;:a~"' >z"~~...""'0ReunionsThe Northdale Concert Band has scheduled its 40th anniversary Reunionfor Saturday, May 26. The Reunion begins at 2pm at St. Jude'sAnglican Church, Scarborough, and will be followed by a Buffet Dinner.All former members are invited. For details,www. northdalemusic. comlncb.Conductor wantedThe recently formed Silverthorn Symphonic Winds are looking for aconductor. For a job posting and job description visit their website or call Carol Anne Lynch 416-652-2077 for details.Instructor wantedThe Lindsay Kinsmen Band, a youth marching band, is searching for amusic instructor. For information, visit their website, or contact the band's administrator Mr. MichaelWarren daytime at 1-888-527-6168, or evenings at 705-328-3212.Coming Events - Please see the listings section for full details.Sunday, May 6, 3pm The Markham Concert Band presents AnAfternoon at the Bandstand. It's just like a summer afternoon in thepark, but with comfortable seats. With an international flavour, theprogram includes Australian composer Sir Charles Mackerras' balletsuite Pineapple Poll, based on Gilbert and Sullivan melodies as well astwo contrasting works by Torontonians Ron McAnespie (Century ofProgress) and J. Scott Irving (Hannaford Overture) .Sunday, May 6, 7:30pm, Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre:The Hannaford Street Silver Band will premier Nine Daies Wonder,Bramwell Tovey's new work for solo violin, brass and percussion.The solo violin part will be performed by Mark Fewer, for whom itwas written.Saturday, May 12, 7pm, Brampton City Hall Atrium, 2 Wellington Street20 WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM MAY 1 - )UNE 7 2007

West, Brampton. The City of Brampton Concert Band will be holdingits annual fund-raising event, Blarney We 're Goin' to Killamey Pub Nightand Silent Auction. Funds raised will support the band for their trip toKillarney, Ireland to participate in the World Association of SymphonicBands and Ensembles (W ASBE) conference in July.Sunday, May 13, 3pm, St. Jude's Anglican Church, Scarborough. TheNorthdale Concert Band present their 40th Anniversary concert.Monday, May 14, 8pm, Blue Danube Restaurant in Toronto: TheEast York Concert Band will present its spring concert, Around TheWorld With Music, to celebrate its 59 years in the community.Saturday, May 26, 2pm,. Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, Universityof Toronto. The Hannaford Youth, Community and Junior Bandswill present a combined concert with ·guest artist Guido Basso.Down the RoadCheck in next month's issue for details of these events.Saturday, June 9, Crescent School auditorium. The Encore SymphonicConcert Band is presenting a Tribute to Johnny Cowell concert.This will feature Johnny as composer, conductor and trumpet virtuoso.Several of Johnny's friends will also make guest appearances.Jae~ MacQuarrie can be reached at bandstand@thewholenote.comThe Northdale Concert Band•••••••••••••..••.....•.......•.........4Qth ANNIVERSARYReunionM AY 1 - JU NE 7 2007 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM 21

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