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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.