The Sidney Concert Band is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a concert on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre. Band members initially suggested concert band pieces which Musical Director Bruce Ham then pulled together for the special performance entitled 'Our Favourite Things'.
Highlights will include the trombone section on Trombone Rag and Kryn Zedel playing the unique huge bass sax on Tugalopp. 'Screamin' John Hewson singing and playing harmonica on Shake, Rattle & Roll will keep things moving. To celebrate Canada's 150th the Band will perform works by Canadian composers Andre Jutras in They Came Sailing (Suite Jacques-Cartier); and Robert Buckly in A Tribute to Arthur Delamont (Suite). Second Suite in F by Gustav Holt is a favourite of many band members and consists of four movements: a rousing march, a moving love song, Song of the Blacksmith and Fantasia on the "Dargason." Grandfather's Clock by George Doughty, has been part of the staple repertoire for Euphonium players since time immemorial. Its set of exciting variations make it an ideal concert selection to showcase the talents of our Euphonium soloist, Claire Mackelson.
The program also includes music SCB musicians performed at 5 shows in Cuba in April 2017. This unique trip was a first for the band, with 24 players enjoying a week of music and cultural exchange with their Cuban counterparts in similar community bands. In a tribute to their Cuban adventure, the Band will perform the Cuban National Anthem as well as Ritmando el Cha Cha Cha, which highlights the basic Mambo dance step with a double step in the fourth-to-first beats...cha cha CHA!