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). The two guest groups were in excellent form and sang contrasting selections featuring some beautiful vocal artistry and youthful expression.
Also included in the concert were the Hymn Tune Arrangement “Prayer of Thanksgiving” (William Himes), “Fall Afresh” (arr. Andrew Mackereth), “Swedish Folk Song” (arr. Peter Graham), “In Christ Alone” (arr. Martin Cordner) and the spirited cornet double quartet, “Joyous Proclamation” (Norman Bearcroft). Following the playing of the devotional selection, “I Know Thou Art Mine” (Leonard Ballantine), the Divisional Commander, Lieut.-Colonel Susan van Duinen, provided a devotional that both challenged and inspired those in attendance. The final march played by the band was “Temple 85” (Norman Bearcroft) that features the tune associated to the words “He’s the Christ of yesterday, today, forever and He’s mine.” Surely these words are the testimony of each member of Heritage Brass as we strive to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the ministry of music.
Light refreshments were enjoyed by the audience following the concert.