Members of the Nanaimo Concert Band were in the midst of rehearsals for their spring 2020 concert when everything was cut short due to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, a year and a half later, these musicians rehearse together.
On November 7, the Nanaimo Concert Band presents their fall 2021 concert. This is the group’s first performance since their Christmas charity concert at Beban Park in December 2019.
“Everyone misses each other and they miss making music with each other,” said NCB conductor Dave Fullerton. “So above all, getting back to rehearsals was an extremely wonderful thing for the band.”
Clarinetist Shari Barker said she has been attending Monday night group practice for 40 years, barely missing a night. She joked that without the regular rehearsals she lost track of the days of the week.
“I was lost when we couldn’t go,” she said in an email. “A huge hole was there. My passion is to play the clarinet and the musicians of the group are like a family as we see every Monday for years.
Fullerton said the concert will feature “the kind of favorites audiences have come to expect,” such as dance tunes from the 1930s and 1940s, but the group will also perform music from Gershwin’s opera. Porgy and Bess, the music of Wretched, Nimrod from Elgar Variations of the enigma, which Fullerton noted was performed at Prince Philip’s funeral, and in a nod to Remembrance Day, the History of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Fullerton said the group was ready to participate in this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony if called upon to do so.
“We are ready to serve as a group. We are also ready to serve with our brass quintet as we did last year, ”he said. “So for the [103rd] time, the Nanaimo Concert Band will serve.
WHAT’S NEW… The Nanaimo Concert Band fall concert will be held at the Port Theater, 125 Front St., November 7 at 2:30 pm Tickets $ 16, available at the Port Theater. Tickets for the band’s canceled concert in spring 2020 will also be accepted.