News & Updates
June 25th 2015. Heritage Brass was invited to be part of the ‘Celebrating 50 years of the Meighen Retirement Residence.’ The residence was primarily built to accommodate retired Officers. In 1985 it expanded, taking over a Nursing Home which had been named after Canadian Prime Minister Arthur Meighen. Today after many changes this beautiful facility still houses Retired Salvation Army Officers along with non-officer seniors.
The weekend began with the Band’s Annual dinner hosted by the folks at Burlington with a delicious Roast Pork Dinner. A short programme followed dinner with recognition of certain people.
ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2014, THE ANNUAL CONCERT WAS HELD AT ETOBICOKE TEMPLE. IN ADDITION TO HERITAGE BRASS, THE ONTARIO CENTRAL-EAST DIVISIONAL YOUTH CHORUS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF CATHIE KOEHNEN WAS FEATURED. THIS EXCEPTIONAL YOUTH CHORUS WILL BE REPRESENTING THE CANADA AND BERMUDA TERRITORY AT THE 2015 INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS IN LONDON ENGLAND. THEIR MUSIC WAS INSPIRATIONAL AND ADDED WELCOME CONTRAST TO THE BRASS SOUNDS OF HERITAGE BRASS.
HERITAGE BRASS 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
The 25th anniversary concert was held on October 26th, 2013 at the Oshawa Temple Corps. A capacity crowd enjoyed the creative variety of music in the beautiful sanctuary, piloted by the HB Executive Officer, Major Greg Simmonds. Local guests for the annual concert were the O’Neill Collegiate Chamber Choir and Nuance Vocal Ensemble, both directed by Erin Collins. Bandmaster Geoff Norton chose music for the band that had association with many past celebrations, including the festival marches “Milestone” (Chicago Staff Band 75th Anniversary, 1990) and “Celebration” (ISB 75th Anniversary, 1966), “Fill The World With Glory” (2010 USA Western Territory Commissioning Celebrations) and most suitable for the quarter-century celebration, “Symphony of Thanksgiving” (ISB Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, 1951).
An ensemble from Heritage Brass will be accompanying Johnny Reid on his annual Christmas Show to be seen on Toronto’s Global TV Station on December 19, 2013. The show will be aired from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Various Quotes from Correspondence & E-mails
“What a wonderful opportunity you presented to our students here at Kingsway Elementary. Your concert here was a rousing church.”
Cliff Cummings, reporting
Two-day long (at least 5 hours each) recording sessions took place on Thursday and Friday, November 18 and 19, 2011 at the Etobicoke Temple site. The production of “GOOD OLD ARMY #4” was a marathon endurance test on the band’s part. From the disc’s signature tune, “Good Old Army” (Nick Simmons-Smith) to the final add-on tune “A Child This
Steadman-Allen). Master recording engineer Ted Marshall of Marshall Arts was able to catch all the faulty entries, releases, missed accidentals and the odd snuffle or cough.
Congratulations to the bandmaster Ian Watkinson as well as his wife Isobel who provided us with a wonderful dinner on the final day!
Every year on the Sunday closest to May 29, The Salvation Army pays tribute to its leaders, bandsmen and soldiers who perished in the sinking of the Empress of Ireland in the St. Lawrence river ninety – eight years ago, May 29, 1914. This tragic event claimed the lives of more than five hundred Canadian Salvationists on their way to a congress in London, England. This included the top leaders and most of the Canadian Staff band of the day. Heritage Brass was given the privilege to provide the music for the service at Mount Pleasant Cemetary in Toronto this year. A large crowd assembled on this warm, over-cast day to pay tribute and remember.