News & Updates
The weekend of June 2nd & 3rd began early on the Saturday morning with the celebration of life for Brian Burditt. Heritage Brass formed what must have been a 90+ massed band joining with
- Oshawa Temple Band (the corps and band where Brian soldiered and served)
- The Canadain Staff Band (Brian was an inaugural member when the CSB reformed in 1969. He took leadership of the band in 1985 and served as B/M for 19 years)
- Heritage Brass. In the last 8 yrs of his life Brian was a member of Heritage Brass where on occasion he took up the baton for rehearsal, acting Bandmaster and on special events.
Oshawa Temple was full to overflowing with friends, many of course Salvation Army musicians, traveling from far and wide with memories of making music under Brian’s baton. Howard Evans, a personal friend from the UK began the tributes followed by Brian’s children, Matthew, Andrew & Rebecca bringing their own loving memories. Brian’s brother-in-law Mark Wilson completed the spoken tributes. Jude Gotrich sang the very moving song – “This world is not my home.”
Brian will long be remembered and missed, not only as an outstanding musician but a faithful servant of Jesus Christ who filled his life in serving others, bringing people to a knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Heritage Brass celebrated its annual anniversary with a weekend visit to St. Catherines Corps. The band was under the direction of Brian Burditt. Special guests for the Saturday evening programme were – ‘Signature Edition’ a barbershop quartett (Dan Wilson, Dunnville, ON; George Biggar, Fonthill, ON; Derek Stevens, St. Catherines, ON; Rick Steenkist, Brantford, ON). A good crowd gathered showing their appreciation for a well balanced musical program of brass and voice, the latter, close harmonies of barbershop singing which is seldom heard today. Soloists for the band included Deryck Diffey who played the cornet solo – “I Dreamed a dream.” Gary Dean played the Euphonium Solo – “My Christ is all in all.”
Sunday morning saw the band and St. Catherines Songster Brigade providing music for the morning service. Major Ron Millar (Band Executive Officer) conducted the service and brought the morning message. Following the morning service, the corps provided a meal for everyone (band and corps) which they call… “Lunch with the Bunch.” It was a very satisfying weekend where much blessing was received and where God was most truly worshipped and glorified.
Heritage Brass enjoyed a Sunday at Cambridge Citadel (April 30th, 2017) with Corps Officers – Captains Nick & Heather Samuel. Lt. Col. Alf Richardson (Band Executive Officer) conducted the Sunday morning service with the musical support of the band. There was a lovely spirit within the meeting where God was truly worshipped.
Following the morning service, the corps provided a hot roast beef dinner for the band and spouses of band members. As always with these weekends, there is an opportunity to meet new people and learn about the community and the Army’s work in that community. The Cambridge Corps is in the midst of raising funds for building renovations and in this regard, the band provided a musical programme in the afternoon where opportunity was given to make a financial donation towards the project. A copy of the programme including some video and photos is included below.
With our B/M Bob Gray taking a leave of absence, the band has been enjoying a number of months of leadership with Andrew Burditt. The band was delighted to have Andrew act as interim bandmaster for this visit and he is to be commended for his choice of music which was warmly received.
CAMBRIDGE CITADEL – April 30th 2017
HERITAGE BRASS – ANDREW BURDITT (*Interim B/M)
Festival March – Salvation’s Song William Gordon
Hymn Tune Arrangement As the Deer
Almighty Roger Trigg
Song Praise my Soul
Festival Arrangement – Simple Gifts Ray Steadman-Allen
Song Arrangement – How Great Thou Art James Curnow
Band Vocal – Simply Trusting arr. Major Norman Bearcroft
Festival Arrangement – Full Surrender arr. Howard Evans
With Heart and Hand Kenneth Smith
His Strength is Perfect arr. Noel Brooks
Hymn Setting – Nicaea William Himes
My Jesus I Love Thee Ron Heintzman
Song – Storm the forts of Darkness arr. Capt. Nick Samuel
30th Oct 2016.
A packed house attended the annual Anniversary Concert of Heritage Brass at Oshawa Temple. This is always one event that former members attend and it was good to see and greet many alumni.
The band’s guest for the evening was Bobby Irvine, a Salvationist from Ayr, Scotland. Bobby had been a guest of HB once before, so there was great anticipation of hearing him sing once again.
Bobby did not disappoint. Singing songs… ‘Climb every mountain’, ‘Bring Him Home’, ‘Love Changes Everything’, Bobby wowed the crowd with his powerful, controlled voice. Bobby was also joined by Deliah Williams presenting that beautiful vocal duet – ‘The Prayer.’
Heritage Brass presented a light, balanced programme of music with marches ‘Steadily Forward’, ‘Salvation’s Song’, ‘The Maple Leaf’ and ‘The Witness.’ Deryck Diffey, Keith Bond and Cliff Cummings played the cornet trio ‘The Veterans.’ Gary Dean played the Euphonium solo ‘Love Lifted Me.’ The band also played ‘Power Divine’, ‘When I’m 64’, and Bill Himes’ arrangement of ‘This is my Father’s World.’
The evening concluded with the Divisional Commander Lt. Col. Sandra Rice giving a devotional thought before everyone retired to the gymnasium for light refreshments and fellowship.
Heritage Brass provided a light program of music for a seniors program at Calvary Baptist Church, Oshawa.
This was the first visit for the band. It was good to meet with several people who were former Salvationist musicians. It was publicly noted how much the people enjoyed the many arranged melodies and marches the band played which included many well-known hymns and Christian songs.
Deryck Diffey played the cornet solo “I Surrender All.” Gary Dean played the euphonium solo “Love Lifted Me.” The cornet trio, “The Veterans”, was well received, played by Deryck Diffey, Keith Bond and Cliff Cummings. Lt. Col Alf Richardson (Band Executive Officer) provided a brief devotional.
Following the program, the band enjoyed a light lunch which the church provided.
Heritage Brass made a return visit to the Salvation Army Lakeshore Community Church following their first visit last year. The corps people once again warmly received the band with a program of music that included Salvation Army Marches, S.A. arranged Hymns and Christian songs. Congregational singing was also included with Lt. Col. Alf. Richardson bringing a Sunday evening devotional. Once again the corps people provided light refreshments for everyone following the concert.
Meighan Lodge – 10th September 2016. Heritage Brass made their annual visit to the Salvation Army Meighan Residence which was intended to be a garden party setting. Sadly, the weather did not co-operate so the event was held in the lounge of the residence. Speculating, it was thought that this must have been the 10th year that the band have attended this event. A light programme of music consisting of many loved SA songs and hymns and marches was enjoyed by the residents. The programme consisted of 2 halves with a lunch break. The staff are to be commended for a wonderful spread of refreshments consisting of a hot and cold main course and desserts to follow.
13th July 2016. Heritage Brass held their annual end of season dinner and program at the Jackson’s Point/Georgina Salvation Army Complex. The dinner was held at the Conference Centre. Following the dinner, presentations were made. Major Greg Simmonds was recognized for his service as Band Executive Officer. Major Alf Richardson has resumed that position. Jack Cockhead passed away in the fall of last year. Jack’s children were invited to receive recognition of their Dad’s service to the band. Three new members were recognized, receiving their Heritage Brass pins… Paulette Miller, Keith Bond, and Ken Ritson.
The evening concert was held at the Georgina corps. Included in the program was the Divisional farewell to the candidates. Lt. Col. Sandra Rice (Divisional Commander) led the proceedings, presenting each of the 3 candidates that were present. The major part of the evening was the Heritage Brass Band under their leader Bob Gray. The program was varied and was well received.