(Posted 7:30 a.m., April 21)
Community Concert Band delivers entertaining performance
By Fred Sherwin
Lisa Concessi MacLean leads the Gloucester Community Concert Band through
their program during their annual Spring Concert on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/photo
120 music fans were treated to an entertaining performance on Sunday as
the Gloucester Community Concert Band took to the stage at Béatrice-Desloges
High School for their annual Spring Concert.
program offered a mixed bag of tunes from a suite of traditional folk songs
to a pair of tributes to Aaron Copland and George Gershwin.
The theme of
the concert was "Spring has Sprung" and the lively music certainly
suited the spring like weather outside the theatre.
The program was
tied together by a running script featuring two neighbours, Mrs. Smith and
Mrs. Jones, who were played by Jolene Savoie and Carole Mongeon who had
to sprint from their positions in the orchestra to the front of the stage
between each song.
At one point
Mrs. Jones was having a garage sale at which Mrs. Smith bought a copy of
"A Tribute to Copland" which led into the Copland tribute.
Community Concert Band was founded as a youth orchestra by Nelson McClintonin
in 1986. In 1992, McClinton handed his baton over to Lisa Concessi MacLean
who has been the orchestra's director and conductor ever since.
Over the years
the band has evolved into a true community orchestra with members from both
the anglophone and francophone communities. The youngest member is 16 and
the oldest member is in his 70s.
The band forms
every September and accepts members of all ages and skill levels. Rehearsals
are held every Tuesday night at St. Peter High School. The fall is usually
spent learning new arrangements in preparation for their annual Christmas
The spring is
by far their busiest time of the year. The season usually kicks off with
a performance at the St. Peter Band-A-Thon, followed by their annual Spring
Over the next
six weeks they will play at a number of seniors residences including Amica
Bearbrook in Blackburn Hamlet and Résidence St-Louis as well as a special
performance on Parliament Hill on May 19. They will then take a well deserved
break over the summer before reforming next September. For more information
about the Gloucester Community Concert Band visit www.gloucesterband.ca.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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