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.
Tom Legrow was presented a retirement certificate following many years of service with Heritage Brass.
The band lost two members since the last end of season dinner… Lorne Walton and Bill White. Both are missed.
Both wives, June Walton and Denna White with their families were recognised with appreciation certificates for their supporting their loved one’s years of service to the band.
Dean and Pam Westover were next. Dean was presented an appreciation certificate for his 18 months of service as the band’s bandmaster. This weekend would see him retiring from the position. We thank Dean for the time he gave in his busy schedule, mixing banding with his vocation.
Two more members were welcomed into the band this season – Bill Holloway and Bryan Miller. Both were presented with their Heritage Brass pins.
The evening concert saw the building just about full. The band began with Bill Himes “St Francis.” Captain Ron Wickens (Corps Officer) welcomed the band. The congregation then joined in a song arrangement of “Praise my Soul.” The Band then brought the March “Cairo Red Shield” (A.S. Raikes). This was followed with the very moving “On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss” (arr. Barrie Gott). The band concluded the first half of the programme with Leslie Condon’s “Faith Reborn” – a very descriptive musical picture of the Korean war and the hardship’s and victory the Korean Salvationist’s encountered. Following the intermission the band played the March “Croydon Citadel” (Brindley Boon). The Trombone section was then featured – “Wonders begin when the Lord comes in” (RSA). The band then sang “My Jesus I love Thee” which was followed with a short devotional by Major Greg Simmonds (Band Executive Officer). The band then played the lovely “Pastorale” by James Curnow. The evening came to an end with “Jubilation” (James Curnow). Following a warm round of applause by the congregation, the band sent everybody home with everybody’s favourite – the march “Montreal Citadel” (Norman Audoire).
As the corps gathered for Sunday morning worship, the band provided a prelude of music. Both CO’s Captains Ron & Judi Wickens joined with Major Greg Simmonds in the leading of the meeting. Band Sergeant Alan Speed gave a very sincere testimony to his Lord and Saviour, reminding everyone of the benefits and responsibilities of being a Christian. The band contributed to the service by playing Dean Goffin’s beautiful composition “Wonderful Healer.” This was followed by the band singing the song arrangement “Be Still.” Major Greg then brought the message – the challenge reflecting his title – “Life on the Altar.”
Before leaving for home, the corps folk once again fed the band with a light lunch which was so appreciated. All in all it was a great weekend. The corps had prepared and promoted the weekend well and the band certainly felt the warmth and appreciation of the people. We give God all the glory. (AP)