News & Updates
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.
Heritage Brass spent 2 full days at Brampton Citadel on 9th & 10th June, recording what will be the latest CD – “Good Old Army 5.” Ted Marshall, who is so well known in ‘Army’ circles was the recording engineer. Many thanks go to the Corps Officers, Majors Gord & Connie Armstrong and their team for allowing us the use of their facility and providing the necessary refreshments needed to see out a full day.
7th May 2016
It was stated that it took 2 years to find a date for Heritage Brass to visit Humber Valley United Church. It certainly was worth waiting for because the evening was filled with good music and good Christian fellowship that brought 2 differing denominations together where each learned from the other.
As always the music was mostly sacred music with a devotional thought given by Lt. Col Alf Richardson (Band Exec Officer). Soloists included Major Alan Price (Eb Soprano Cornet) “Summertime” (Gershwin); Steve Preece (Eb Horn) played Len Ballantine’s “His eye is on the Sparrow.”; Gary Dean (Euphonium) played “Travelling Along” (Chris Mallett).
This might just have been the first time that the church had hosted a Salvation Army Band. This writer had the opportunity to speak of the band’s history and make-up, including explaining the instruments the band use. In return, it was enlightening to learn of the church and its activities. The warmth of the hosts was much appreciated by the band with the refreshments they provided and the reception to the music chosen. We are given to understand that a return visit is already in the planning.
Saturday 23rd April 2016
Agincourt Community Church sanctuary was pretty well filled for the annual ‘In Their Steps’ Concert. The program featured the Divisional Young People’s Band – ‘Blood and Fire Brass’ and the ‘Divisional Singing Company’ and ‘Heritage Brass.’ ‘In their Steps’ fittingly described the wide spectrum of age of those participating. For Heritage Brass the age of entry is 55 with some of its members still active in their 80’s. For the Youth groups the age ranges from ages 9-17.
During the evening much was said about the youth following in the footsteps of those who have seen many years of Salvation Army banding. Indeed, opportunity was given in two items where the youth and those not so young came together. The Trombone section of both bands joined to play – ‘You Know That We Love You.’ Of special interest was a double Cornet Duet ‘Deliverance’ where B/M Bob Gray and Murray Shadgett played alongside their students… Alexis Dill (Bob) and Evelyn Robertson (Murray). Other items included the Horn Solo ‘His Eye is on the Sparrow-Steve Preece (HB). Bram Robertson (B&FB) played ‘You can’t stop God.’ Alexandria Girard provided a Piano solo.
It was a wonderful evening of music-making with the Divisional Commander Lt. Col. Sandra Rice concluding the evening with a brief devotional.