Bandshell again dedicated to the memory of the conductor

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Many don’t know that the bandstand in Canatara Park is named after an influential band manager from Sarnia’s past, says Don Vander Klok.

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Many don’t know that the bandstand in Canatara Park is named after an influential bandleader from Sarnia’s past, says Don Vander Klok.

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“We all know this as the Canatara Bandshell, said the Lambton Concert Band trumpeter. “You never think of it as William Brush’s bandshell, but it does.”

Watford-born Brush was “synonymous with concert band music” during his decades leading various community concert bands and lending his expertise to music businesses in Sarnia-Lambton, Vander Klok said.

Brush, whose family later moved to Forest, studied music in Toronto before returning to Lambton County, he said. Brush would later lead the Lambton 27th Regiment Band, the Lambton Garrison Band, the Sarnia Independent Band and its successor the Sarnia Citizens Band. Brush was also the first president of the Lambton County Music Festival founded in 1930, helped found and teach the music program at the former Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School, and was a staple at Tuesday night concerts. at the former bandstand in what is now Veterans Park. .

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After that deteriorating strip was destroyed, the structure adjacent to Canatara Beach was built and named for Brush in 1954, said Vander Klok, who researched the history of wind bands in Lambton County in recent years with funding from a Creative County grant.

“Oddly enough, (Brush) retired, (the bandshell) was dedicated and he died,” all in 1954, Vander Klok said. “It was a bit sad.”

A new plaque in memory of William Brush has been placed on the bandstand in Canatara Park in Sarnia.  (Tyler Kula / The Watcher)
A new plaque in memory of William Brush has been placed on the bandstand in Canatara Park in Sarnia. (Tyler Kula / The Watcher) jpg, SO

A plaque commemorating the structure was stolen within a few years while its replacement, with Brush’s photograph, faded over the decades, he added.

The bandshell’s connection to Brush, an outstanding band manager, musician and all-around nice guy — something of an anomaly among gig managers, Vander Klok said — has been largely forgotten.

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Vander Klok said he never noticed the photo on the headband until he discovered through his research the connection to Brush, “even though I’ve played the trumpet here a few times” .

On Tuesday, he and representatives of the Sarnia Lambton Real Estate Board gathered for another dedication at the bandstand.

A new plaque was recently installed after the photo plaque was removed by city park staff, Vander Klok said.

The real estate board, which funded the original plaque that disappeared in the 1950s, has donated $1,000 for the renewal project, officials said.

Vander Klok covered the remaining $300.

“It’s very important because it recognizes the incredible history of Sarnia and the contribution that (Brush) has made to the music of Sarnia,” Vander Klok said of the plaque replacement. “He made an incredible impression on many, many people.”

More information is available via Vander Klok’s research project at sites.google.com/view/lambtoncountyconcertbands/home.

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