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Jackson’s Point – Wed 3rd July 2019… The month of July in recent years has seen Heritage Brass hold a concert at Georgina Corps as part of the Wednesday night summer music programs (Jackson’s Point) as arranged by Divisional Headquarters. In conjunction with the event the band holds its annual dinner which again this year was held in the Royal Canadian Legion, Sutton. Below are two photos at the dinner where Executive Officer Major Ron Millar presented Bob Young with a certificate marking 13 years of service as both bandsman and Band Board Member. The second photo shows Major Cliff Hollman (Band Treasurer) presenting an appreciation document thanking Henry Preece for his extra volunteer work as Band Librarian, especially with the recent move the band has made in new locations the band has moved to for rehearsal and storage.
The Band’s Program in the evening included the Divisional Candidates Farewell to the Messengers of Grace 2019/20 Session, where representatives of the Session were present. Divisional Staff included… Lt. Colonel Sandra Rice (Divisional Commander); Majors Christopher & Tina Rideout (Area Commanders); Captains Mark & Jodi Dunstan (Divisional Youth Secretaries/Divisional Secretary for Candidates). Also present, representing Territorial Headquarters were Lt. Col’s. Brian & Lynn Armstrong (Secretary for Personnel & Secretary for Program) respectively.
The evening also included the Divisional Commander announcing and presenting a certificate to Craig Lewis (Territorial Secretary for Music & Gospel Arts for the Canada and Bermuda Territory) with an added appointment and responsibility as Bandmaster of Heritage Brass.
This was a wonderful evening of music and spiritual inspiration enjoyed by a full auditorium of people.
Barrie Corps – Sat. 22nd June 2019 Heritage Brass held a concert at Barrie Corps under the direction of Deputy Bandmaster Graham Kinghorn. Barrie was home for several of the Heritage Brass members who are active soldiers of the Barrie Corps. Also in the congregation were some former members of the band, one being Brian Watkinson who is the Father and Father-in-Law of the Corps Officers, Andrew and Stephanie Watkinson.
A packed house (congregation) showed their appreciation of a well-balanced light program of music that included Marches, Salvation Army Selections, Arrangements and Meditations. The band also sang an arrangement of Stephen Bulla’s – “Redeemed.” Deryck Diffey played the cornet solo… “They Shall Be Mine” (David Catherwood). Exec. Officer Major Ron Millar brought a devotional thought.
Agincourt Temple – 4th – 5th May 2019. ‘Heritage’ Brass (Conductor D/B/M Graham Kinghorn) held a concert at Agincourt Temple on the Saturday evening with the proceeds of the freewill offering going towards the Corps’ young people’s music development program, namely the Salvation Army’s Music Camps.
A good sized congregation came out in support. Guests for the evening were the ‘Singing Pilgrims’ – a 13 member male singing group accompanied by Major Donna Millar (Piano). Not unlike Heritage Brass, the group consisted of members in their senior years – led by a much younger Lynn Janes who also presented a couple of vocal solos. Major Ron Millar (Band Exec. Officer) brought a devotional thought.
Heritage Brass returned for the Sunday morning worship service. Major Ron Millar (Band Exec Officer) led the meeting and brought the message… “Jesus in the Every Day.” Following the service, the corps provided refreshments in the foyer. Many good comments were made regarding the interest given to encouraging and supporting our young people.
27th October 2018. Heritage Brass, formerly the Metro Toronto Reservist Band, then later the Ontario Central Reservist Band celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a concert at Oshawa Temple, joined by the O’Neill Chamber Choir, Oshawa, leader Erin Collins with special guest, conductor and soloist (Euphonium)… Bill Himes, Chicago, USA.
Heritage Brass under the direction of Gary Dean opened the program with Steve Kellner’s “Fanfare & Allegro on the Doxology.” The next three items, featuring the band, Bill Himes and the O’Neill Chamber Choir really set the program up to convince the large congregation that they were in for a very enjoyable program with an extremely high standard of musicianship. The choir especially thrilled everyone with their wide spectrum of music and style of singing, from the contemporary to the traditional, always unaccompanied. One item entitled ‘Mosquitos’ was most unusual with just one word to memorize… Buzzzzzzzzzz
Bill Himes, so well known and respected around the world conducted and performed his music and also brought a brief devotional thought. What made his participation so interesting was his explaining the stories behind the music he had written which spanned his early years of composing and arranging to some of his later works. The one solo he arranged for Brass band which he performed with the band was a delightful melody he had heard in his travels called… “Song for Lotta” (Jan Sandstrom). Probably one of his newest works and a major work at that was played by Heritage Brass… “Pathway of Hope” which took the listener on a 3 part journey of a person caught in the trap of Satan’s hands with no sense of escape, finally finding faith and hope with Satan’s kingdom falling.
It was a truly special evening for Heritage Brass with some excellent playing. Dotted around the congregation were former members, which in itself added to what the evening was all about… the celebration of a group of longtime Salvationist musicians who in their long years are still making music to glorify God which in turn is blessing others.
8th Sept 2018. Heritage Brass once again accepted, what is turning out to be an annual event… an invitation to provide music at the annual Meighan Lodge Garden Party.
Besides cool temperatures, most of the seniors took to the garden where a BBQ presented much food to eat. Some brave souls even ate the ice cream which was obviously on hand in case of hot temperatures.
The Territorial Leader, Comm. Susan McMillan was present to open the Party and after welcoming everybody she said grace. The band was once again received well with a selection of music including hymns, hymn tune arrangements and well-known marches.
Heritage Brass finished up their season, taking a summer break before resuming rehearsals in September. The occasion was the band taking its turn at the Divisional Concerts at Jackson’s point, scheduled each Wednesday evening during the summer months. This particular venue was at Georgina Corps which everyone welcomed in an air-conditioned building when the temperature and humidity were almost unbearable outside. A good crowd enjoyed a well-balanced program of ‘Army’ and ‘Secular’ music including an Eb & Bb Cornet Duet. “THE CLEANSING STREAM” played by Major Alan Price & Deryck Diffey. The band sang and rendered some light contemporary music including an upbeat March “ON WE MARCH” (Kevin Larsson). Sylvia Thomson provided a very delightful pianoforte arrangement for the offertory. Following Major Ron Millar’s devotional the band played “TO THY CROSS I COME LORD” (Ivor Bosanko arr. Olaf Ritman). The band closed out the evening with the beautiful arrangement “A GAELIC BLESSING” by John Rutter
The concert followed the annual dinner, held at the Royal Canadian Legion where current & former members were recognised and honoured.
Brian Burditt was honored first. Susan (Brian’s wife) Matthew (Son) Rebecca (Daughter) were in attendance and received a plaque and the last 3 CD’s (Peace of Heart) which was recorded under the baton of Brian.
Gordon Hind received his retirement certificate after 13yrs service with the band.
Phil Christie also received his retirement certificate after 16yrs service with the band.
Lt. Col.Alf Richardson received a certificate as former Band Executive Officer.
Bob Skinner & Norm Robertson, as new members received the Heritage Brass pin.
Gary Dean was thanked for his role as Acting Bandmaster this past year.
Ron Millar (Executive Officer) was recognised as a ‘playing’ member of the band.
June 2nd & 3rd: Following the “Celebration of Life” service for Brian Burditt, Heritage Brass traveled to Hamilton where the band was special guests for the 18th Anniversary celebration for Winterberry Heights SA Church – Officers/Pastors: Majors Don & Karen Feltham.
A good crowd gathered for the Saturday evening Musical program. Gary Dean, (Acting B/M) put together a good cross-section of music… old and new, reflective and exciting, including… ‘Go Down Moses’ (Ray S. Allen) Fanfare & Allegro on the Doxology (Steve Kellner) Precious Fountain (Bill Himes) Marching Along (Nick Simmons Smith).
Sunday morning saw the band conducting the morning service, led by Major Ron Millar (Exec Officer). There was a good spirit within the people of the corps who received the band with much warmth.
Following the Sunday morning service, the corps provided a lunch for everyone. The band members returned to their homes, very tired from a very emotional and physical 2 days but with feelings of great satisfaction that the time spent had been spent in ‘Kingdom’ business. The band had been fully involved in what it came into being for… sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in music and fellowship.
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.