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Summer sounds at Simms

The Nanaimo Concert Band will be playing toe-tapping music July 20 at Simms park during a free concert. - submitted
The Nanaimo Concert Band will be playing toe-tapping music July 20 at Simms park during a free concert.
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There’s nothing like high quality music to relax your mind on a beautiful summer’s evening in Courtenay!

Do you prefer big band music? How about show tunes? Do marches tend to get your toes tapping? How would you like to hear popular music featuring local musicians in a beautiful park setting and for free?

The Nanaimo Concert Band will be playing at the Simms Millennium Park in Courtenay on July 20 2014, starting at 7 p.m, and their performance will be absolutely free to people of the Comox Valley.

Established in 1872, Nanaimo Concert Band is one of Canada’s oldest continuously operating bands, made up of more than 50 musicians playing a wide variety of brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments, performing high quality music across a broad range of genres.

You will enjoy the wonderfully full sound of the band, featuring solos by such performers as percussionists Terry Totzke and Wayne Finucan, lead trumpet players Paul Rathke and Morris Macklin, and saxophonists Nicola Crowhurst and Alex Beynon, to name just a few.

The Nanaimo Concert Band is led in this performance by John Forbes, a Victoria Music Hall of Famer, who spent 30 years in the military band system.

There, he not only played every instrument from keyboards to tuba to trumpet and percussion, but he also served as a concert pianist, vocalist, conductor, and staff arranger for the military.

Additionally, John was a Nanaimo Concert Band member before becoming its conductor.

On Sunday evening there will be music at Simms Millennium  Park suitable for the whole family. Bring a chair, or sit on the grass, and enjoy an evening with the Nanaimo Concert Band.

 

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