22nd October 2022. With hardly an empty seat in the sanctuary, Heritage Brass held their first Anniversary concert in three years due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. The congregation feasted on a wide spectrum of music from both the band and the O’Neill Chamber Choir.
There were humourous, reflective, jazzy, swing, classical and devotional moments. The evening was caught on video by the Oshawa Temple sound & video team. Selected clips will give credit to all the artists.
7th July 2022. Heritage Brass held its annual ‘end of season’ concert with a programme of music at Georgina Corps, preceded by a dinner at the Legion in Sutton. It marked an interesting time in that, because of Covid 19 the event was put on hold in 2020 and 2021. It is at the dinner that the band recognizes changes in personnel that might include, Promotions to Glory, Retirements, New members and Administrative business.
Catching up on 3 years, there was much to do…
‘Promotions to Glory’ – It was with sadness that we said goodbye to 3 members…
– Cliff Cummings – Band Member: 1994 to 2022.
– Major Ted Kimmins – Band Member: 2008 to 2021.
– Geoff Norton – Band Member: 2009 to 2021. (Geoff was recognized for his service as B/M back in 2009. He also served as B/M from 2013 to 2014).
* On these occasions, the band attends the funeral in full uniform but in the case of Geoff and Ted, with Covid, this was not possible. These members are missed and we thank God for the times we enjoyed with them. Our sympathies go to Shirley, Ruth and Marion and their families
‘Retirements’ – Six members were recognized for their service…
– Mal Allington – Band Member: 2000 to 2022.
– Lew Chaulk – Band Member: 1996 to 2022.
– Gary Dean – Band Member: 1998 to 2019.
– Major Ron Millar – Executive Officer: October 2017 to September 2019.
– Steve Preece – Band Member: June 2003 to April 2020.
– Major Ernie Reid – Band Member: October 2011 to August 2020. (Ernie was previously recognized for his service as Executive Officer back in 2011.)
‘New Members’ – HB Pins were presented to 4 New Members – Betty Linkvist, Tim Pomeroy, Ken Rawlins and Dave Stevens. The band says ‘welcome’ and prays that their time with HB will bring blessing and enjoyment.
‘Special Recognition’ – Henry Preece (Band Librarian). Henry was recognized for the countless hours he spends in the band library, copying music and organizing music, made more difficult that the library is off-site to where the band rehearses. Thank you, Henry.
‘Service recognition’ – Craig Lewis – Bandmaster: 2019 to 2022. It is interesting to note that at the same event 3 years before, Craig Lewis was presented his commission as the B/M of Heritage brass. The next time the event is held, Craig retires from the position, due to a change in his employment situation. Noted too is the time that Craig actually stood in front of the band, limited due to Covid with the band not meeting for almost 18 months. These were good years where Craig lifted the standard of the band’s playing. The band will always remember Craig’s leadership and wish him God’s blessing wherever his journey takes him.
Following a great time of fellowship and a wonderful meal, the band reconvened at Georgina corps where a good-sized congregation gathered and enjoyed a well-balanced programme of music.
The Corps Officers of Suncoast Citadel – Lieut’s Derek & Angela Kerr prepared the way for the visit of Heritage Brass for what turned out to be a wonderful God-glorifying weekend. The band realized, even before leaving that this was to be, not just a visit to the corps but like the days of our ‘early’ army – a presence in the community. All over the town, posters were seen announcing the band’s visit and the event even made the front page of the local paper.
Youtube credit: SG Armstrong
The weekend began at the Citadel with a delicious cooked dinner, followed by an evening concert in the bandstand in the town square. An excellent crowd enjoyed the music played. One of the highlights of the evening was the recognition of 75 yrs service as an S.A. bandsman. Lt. Col. Shawn Critch (Divisional Commander) presented a certificate to John Britan who, following those many years of service and in several locations around the world was enjoying retirement in the Goderich corps.
The following day, Sunday, instead of meeting in the usual place – the Citadel, the service was held in the bandstand which attracted many people within the community. Lt. Col Shawn & Brenda Critch led the service, supported by Major Pamela Goodyear (Area Commander) and Heritage Brass.
The weekend concluded with a lunch provided by the corps.
Heritage Brass held a very special concert at Peterborough Temple with Peterborough Temple Songsters – special because for both groups it was the first concert in almost 3 years. With the Covid 19 Pandemic still raging around the world, conditions within Ontario had improved and with government approval such gatherings were allowed.
Congregational gatherings were still reduced in size with people nervous to return and there was this fear that the band and songsters might be playing and singing to themselves, but there was a great delight to see a good-sized gathering.
The concert was preceded by a hot meal that the Songsters hosted which afforded a good time for the members of both groups to fellowship, along with spouses too.
From the very beginning, the concert took on an air of excitement. Not only was the music exciting and moving, but it was also undoubtedly this feeling of it actually happening.
Heritage Brass under the leadership of Craig Lewis varied their program with a traditional march, and several compositions arranging Christian Hymns and Songs. There were two congregational song arrangements used for congregational singing. Two light items that incorporated well-known secular music. One special piece the band played was a ‘first’ published composition (“To Answer Thee”) by Rachael Ewing whose home corps was Peterborough Temple. Alan Speed (Band Sergeant) brought the devotional thought and the band concluded their repertoire with Brian Bowen’s wonderful composition, “My Comfort and Strength.”
Supporting the band was Peterborough Temple Songsters under the leadership of Heather Robertson. Peterborough Temple Songsters have always been known for singing with a very high standard and though slightly smaller in size than the 60-70 members the brigade once had, the standard of singing was very much there. The Brigade sang 3 solo items, “Come Unto Me” by Larry Nickle, “Under His Wings” by Yvonne Field, and “I Dare to be Different” by Dirk Krommenhoek.
The evening concluded with Heather Robertson conducting both the band and songsters, singing a massed rendition of the benediction, “Into Your Loving Care” by David Catherwood.
19th October 2019. Heritage Brass celebrated yet another anniversary at Oshawa Temple with their new bandmaster Craig Lewis who was appointed as bandmaster last July in a concert at Georgina Corps. As always, a good crowd assembled with many former members of the band present.
The guest this year was Dr. Jonathan Corry who is currently serving as the Divisional Director for Music and Gospel Arts for the Chicago Metropolitan Division within The Salvation Army. In 2009, Jonathan was commissioned Bandmaster of Enfield Citadel Band where he served for 9 years. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Jonathan established himself as a Trumpet/Cornet soloist. Jonathan played 3 solos this evening, wowing the crowd with a remarkable command of his cornet. He also conducted the band in the hymn tune arrangement… ‘Kremser’ (Philip Ditmer).
Above left: Jonathan and Arnold were associated with Enfield, (Arnold also with Tottenham). Deryck and Alan were members of Tottenham Citadel Band.
The band varied their program with the good old favourite… ‘To God be the Glory’ (Dean Goffin) and more up to date music such as… ‘Fanfare, Hymn and Thanksgiving’ (Dudley Bright), ‘Elation’ (Trevor Davis) and ‘The Wonder of it all’ (Kenneth Smith). The band also sang ‘Redeemed’ and Alan Speed brought a devotional. It was a good evening of music and fellowship with a gathering for refreshments following the concert.
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.