News & Updates
Heritage Brass were invited to bring an evening program of music for the Divisional Seniors Retreat at the Conference Centre at Jackson’s Point. The band was warmly welcomed with the comment – “Looking around the band they look very much like us – white or no hair with a few wrinkles here and there.”
This was the first concert for the band’s newly appointed bandmaster, Bob Gray. Bob selected a program of music for the occasion which really fitted the occasion. The band began with a fanfare type arrangement… ‘To A God Like This. ’ The program then saw several old marches such as ‘Golden Jubilee’ ‘Southall 100’ ‘Goldcrest’ and of course, everybody’s favourite – ‘Montreal Citadel.’ The band sang ‘My Jesus I Love Thee.’ Reaching back into the past, Deryck Diffey brought the cornet Solo – ‘Silver Threads.’ The Trombone section played ‘Wonders Begin When the Lord Comes In.’
Norm Ritson played the solo – ‘Somebody Prayed for Me’ and Major Greg Simmonds picked up on that theme as he brought a brief devotional thought. It was a personal thought where the Major talked about his early life where God or church was not present in his home or life. Major Greg began attending the Salvation Army and he talked about how he became acutely aware of people praying for him. Reflecting on his life, a Christian and now a retired Salvation Army Officer, Major Greg spoke about the importance of intercessory prayer in the life of every Christian and every Church.
It was a good evening where everybody clearly enjoyed the time praising the Lord and making music.
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!