After two and a half years of pandemic upheaval, it is good to reconnect with tradition.
Prior to COVID-19, a local musical tradition was for the Burlington Concert Band to close the City of Burlington’s Concerts in the Park series at the Central Park Bandshell, 2299 New St.
On Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Joanne Romanow and her 60-piece Burlington Concert Band will bring this tradition to life with a convivial 90-minute program.
They will kick off with “O Canada” and follow with a selection they performed at their combo concert with Laura Thomas and her Dundas Valley Orchestra in May, “The Homefront: Musical Memories from the Second World War” . This medley arranged by James Christensen links sentimental tunes such as “I’ll Be Seeing You” and “The White Cliffs of Dover” with flippant numbers such as “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” and “Praise the Lord and Pass the ammo.
After Bob Lowden’s version of John Williams’ “Superman”, they will perform Jerry Nowak’s “Sinatra in Concert”, a medley including “Theme from New York, New York”, “It Was a Very Good Year” and “My Way “. ”
The program will also include a few other medleys, Robert Russell Bennett’s arrangement of “The Sound of Music” as well as John Higgins’ arrangements of “The Lion King” and “Broadway Spectacular”, the latter including hits such as “Hello Dolly” and “Granny.
During the concert, the BCB will remember those they recently lost. One of them is the late trumpeter-bandleader-arranger Bobby Herriot, music icon and former member of the BCB, who died on December 19 in Burlington. As a tip of the hat to Herriot, the BCB will perform his arrangement of “Highland Cathedral”.
Romanow will then join the percussion section for a brief tambourine while BCB assistant conductor Julian Lam leads the band in Bob Lowden’s arrangement of “Birdland,” a jazz fusion number by Joe Zawinul.
And there will be a well-known march or two or three with Jerry Fielding’s “March of the Heroes of Hogan” from the classic 1960s TV series, the pasodoble “Amparito Roca” by Jaime Texidor, and to conclude, “Colonel Bogey March’ by British Army bandleader Lieutenant FJ Ricketts, aka Kenneth J. Alford.
“Audiences will whistle that tune all the way home,” Romanow said of “Colonel Bogey,” an earworm featured in the 1957 film, “The Bridge Over the River Kwai.” “A happy audience is a returning audience.”
Audiences will have a chance to return later this year when the BCB hold their children’s concert on October 23 and their annual Christmas concert on December 2.
The park concert is free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. In the event of inclement weather, the concert may move inside the adjacent Burlington Music Center, 2311 New St. For full cancellation details, visit @Burl_parksrec on Twitter.
For interested band musicians, Romanow says the BCB, a community band, has an open membership policy. Rehearsals are held pretty much year-round on Mondays from 8-10 p.m. at the Burlington Music Center. The next rehearsal will be on September 12. Departure burlingtonconcertband.ca.
Also on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Cottonwood Mansion Museum, 740 Haldimand Road 53, Selkirk, the Cottonwood Brass returns after a two-year pandemic hiatus to perform brass quintet arrangements of historic Canadian pieces for parlor piano, primarily from the Sheet Music Collection at Library and Archives Canada, such as ‘Brantford Galop’, ‘Cayuga Two Step’ and ‘Live Oaks: the official Haldimand County Old Boy’s Reunion March’.
Formed in 2006 by Dave and Mary Ann Pearson, the Cottonwood Brass specializes in 19th and early 20th century music played on antique brass instruments. At their Cottonwood Mansion Peach Social “History in Brass” concert, Graham Young will play an E-flat and B-flat cornet as well as an 1840s B-flat cornet while Tim White will play a B-flat cornet from 1893. Mary Ann Pearson will play a double-horn euphonium and a B-flat tenor saxhorn. Johnny Bissell will play E-flat French horn, mellophone and alto saxhorn while Dave Pearson will play E-flat tuba and bass helicon.
Admission includes a peach dessert: adult $15, child 12 and under $5, preschool free. Bring a lawn chair.