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Marching band delivers private performance

A 'band mob' by the Cumberland Marching Band thanked village residents the Fergussons for being such great supporters.
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The Cumberland Marching Band said thank you this week by “band mobbing” a very special annual donor.

The Fergussons of Cumberland are big fans and regularly donate cash to help support the community band. As a thank you, the band stopped by their house for a surprise private performance on their front lawn — something similar to popular ‘flash mobs.’

“This crew just love to play together — we have a lot of fun,” said band director Joanne Hawthorne.

The Cumberland Marching Band is a non-profit community band that has been operating since September 2010 and is 25 members strong. It includes kids from Grades 7 to 12 from all over.

“You just have to have an interest in being a member and be able to play an instrument,” added board member Tina Willard-Stepan. “We have players from all over the Valley, and from as far away as Campbell River. It’s an amazing group of people working together to learn and entertain.”

Each season includes a number of performances in parades and at community events, as well as opportunities to travel.

The Cumberland Marching Band is an independent non-profit organization.

For more information about joining the band, or to donate, e-mail director Joanne Hawthorn at

— Cumberland Marching Band

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