The Comox Valley Concert Band’s annual Mother’s Day concert on May 8 will celebrate 75 years of live music in the Valley.
Since 1947, the group has continuously performed at community functions, festivals and fundraisers. He has been a regular at Remembrance Day services in Cumberland, Canada Day July 1st celebrations in Courtenay and Marine Days in Comox as well as numerous concerts, most recently with the Evergreen Club.
Along with some historical notes (bands have been playing in the valley since 1885), audiences will hear musical hits spanning seven decades. Marches, musicals and medleys featuring the sweet sounds of 45 local musicians (some over 75) under the direction of Denise Marquette.
What were people listening to in 1947 anyway? Old standbys from the 30s and 40s and before, and later, the early years of rock and roll with an ever-growing number of show tunes. The band plays them all, including a recent composition of video game loops.
Check out the group’s annual march in the PNE Parade, their rifle practice on the grounds of what is now Vanier High School, which gives a whole new meaning to the terms marcato and staccato. Not to mention prancing around the Maypole during Cumberland’s May Day celebrations.
You’ll also meet James Bond, a wonderful undercover soloist whose career spans the seven decades of the Comox Valley Concert Band. “Nobody does it better.”
All of this and more – for just $10 – (kids under 12 are free) almost too good to be true! Join us for a rearview mirror music review. Seventy-five years in 75 minutes. Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2 p.m. Grand Hall Filberg Center. Tickets at the door or at the Filberg Centre. For more information, call 250-338-1000.
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