The Nanaimo Concert Band takes the stage at the Simms Concert Series – Comox Valley Record


Does the sound of big band, show tunes and marches make you stomp? Come hear the Nanaimo Concert Band play Sunday, July 17 at 7 p.m. at Simms Park as part of the City of Courtenay’s free summer concert series.

Established in 1872, the Nanaimo Concert Band is one of the oldest continuous ensembles in Canada, made up of over 50 musicians playing a variety of wind, woodwind and percussion instruments. 2022 is a special year for the group which is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

The band will perform a variety of tracks in a range of genres like swing, classical and musicals, and you’re sure to find that many of them will be familiar to you.

Nanaimo Concert Band is Nanaimo’s community band. The unique and important value the group brings to Nanaimo is that members come from all walks of life and live and work in the community. The band has performed for the celebration of Empire Days throughout Nanaimo’s history, as well as the opening of major public buildings, royal visits and, of course, Bathtub celebrations.

Simms Millennium Park is located near the 5th Street Bridge across from Lewis Park. Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Other performances at Simms Park on Sundays at 7 p.m. include Time Well Wasted on July 24, Dennis Bouwman on August 7, and My Son the Hurricane and a Food Bank Drive on August 14.

For concert information, call the Courtenay Recreation Lewis Center at 250-338-5371 or get up-to-date information at

The Simms Summer Concert Series Season is presented by the Town of Courtenay and is sponsored by the Comox Valley Record and Jet 98.9 FM.

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A member of the Nanaimo Concert Band.  Photo provided

A member of the Nanaimo Concert Band. Photo provided


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