News & Updates
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.
Wednesday evening July 4, 2012 was the commencement of the annual Jacksons Point Camp summer series
of public concerts. As has been the custom for the last several years, Heritage Brass opened the series. This year’s concert took on a slightly more official atmosphere as two candidates from the Ontario Central Division were farewelled by the Divisional Commander.
Prior to the programme, the band held their annual banquet, hosted by the Georgina Corps. This always includes wives as well. Recognition of service was acknowledged with a presentation of a Certificate of Appreciation to Bandmaster Ian Watkinson who has relinquished his position due to health. Others who are resinging positions were Lorne Walton, who after many years as Librarian, and Arnold Cooper leaves as Quartermaster. Retiring after tonight’s performance
The audience was very receptive to the numbers played by the Band. The march, Assignment, opened the concert–which included the Bugler’s Holiday, a solo by bandsman Deryck Diffey, Western Overture (always a crowd pleaser because of Bandmaster Brian Burditt’s rapport with the audience). Three special numbers of significance were featured, the band presented Kenneth Downie’s Fugue from Towards the Victory, the march OCRB, written by the above mentioned Keith Ketteringham, the title coming from the time when the Division was known as the Ontario Central Div., and William Himes’ Stars and Leafs Forver, to commemorate Canada Day, July 1 and American Independence Day July 4.
A good night was had by all.