A musical institution on the Saanich Peninsula for more than 35 years, the Sidney Concert Band hopes to see some new faces at their first rehearsal of the season on Monday, September 5 at 7 p.m.
“If you have more than three years of experience in the band, maybe a little rusty but want to put a little more music in your life, you should come and watch a rehearsal,” said the conductor Bruce Ham. “Rehearsals are held every Monday night at the Lutheran Church of Peace starting at 7 p.m. You can join them on stage at the Charlie White Theatre, ride a float at Sparkles Parade or perform for an elementary school.”
The players are between 20 and 80 years old. The group includes flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba and percussion players.
“From the enthusiastic amateur to the seasoned professional, the band provides a place where everyone can perform and have fun,” he said. “With more than half a dozen performances each year, including two themed concerts at the Mary Winspear Centre, the group covers a wide variety of styles and tastes.”
While the group covers a range of styles, it has also served as a unifying and welcoming forum for newcomers to the region. Yvonne Kupsch joined SCB in the fall of 2013, shortly after moving to Sidney.
“Even if I am above all a flutist, I wanted to perfect myself on the clarinet. I was immediately welcomed into the clarinet section at that time and soon felt supported by all members of the group. Almost 10 years later, I still play clarinet with the SCB and the band has become like an extended family to me.
For more information, visit www.sidneyconcertband.ca.
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