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January 17, 2017

Campbell River Community Band Concert, Saturday, January 28

Instead of giving a Christmas concert this year, the Campbell River Community Band decided we would all need cheering up by the end of January. How much further from this dreary winter can you get than outer space!
In a concert entitled “Constellations”, the band will take you there on Saturday, January 28.
The concert is at 7 p.m. in the Maritime Heritage Centre. Admission is by donation and and refreshments prepared by the members will be served.
Under the direction of Kolya Kowalchuk, the thirty member band has prepared an exciting program of new and familiar music centred on stars, planets and the exploration of outer space.
Frank Ticheli is one of America’s leading composers of band music. A new score by him is always a revelation and Sun Dance is no exception. The composer wanted to express a feeling of “bright joy” in this spirited piece with lots of interesting dance rhythms.
The music John Williams wrote for Star Wars pretty much defined “outer space” for a generation. The band has worked hard on a long medley of this great music.
One Giant Leap, by Erik Morales, uses audio clips from President Kennedy, Commander Neil Armstrong and others as the music tells the story of the historic moon landing, especially timely as the last man to set foot on the moon has just died.
Sometimes you need a little whimsy to get through January. When you Wish upon a Star, originally from the film Pinocchio and now inseparable from the Disney brand, has been arranged in big band style by Sammy Nestico and features trumpeter Roger Kirk.
Other music will be less familiar to the audience, but there is plenty of variety in works such as To a Distant Place, To Sail Beyond the Stars, Beyond the Horizon, Mars, and a suite called Constellations.
Although this is an evening concert, it’s early enough and short enough that parents should feel free to bring their children.
The Campbell River Community Band is celebrating its twenty-first year. The founding director, Celine Ouellette, now plays in the horn section, and another earlier director, Phil Cassidy, is in the trombone section.
Current conductor Kolya Kowalchuk is well known in the Campbell River area, where he grew up. He is the music teacher at Ecole Phoenix Middle School and Ecole des Deux Mondes.
Admission to the concert is by donation, to help defray the considerable cost of renting the band room at Carihi, insurance, and music.

May 12, 2016

Campbell River Community Band playing Sunday night

Conductor Kolya Kowalchuk and the 30 piece Campbell River Community Band will be taking the audience on a tour of the world at their annual spring concert this weekend.

The band will be playing selections from Albania, Spain, Japan, Newfoundland, the Caribbean as well as the more fantastical Middle Earth.

The selections range in style from Italian concertos, to folk songs to ballroom dancing music.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the band. Both founding members are still with the group.

Families with small children are encouraged to attend the show at the  Maritime Heritage Centre, as the program is short enough to keep even the little ones entertained.

Admission is by donation. Proceeds will be going towards the cost of renting the band room at Carihi as well as the groups insurance and music.

There will be refreshments served after the event, provided by the band members.

May 12, 2015

The Campbell River Community Band is gearing up for its annual spring concert on May 24, but this time a new conductor, Kolya Kowalchuk, will be at the helm.

Founding conductor Céline Ouellette is taking some time off to rejoin the horn section, while Kolya Kowalchuk is exchanging his drum sticks for a baton.

The new director played in the community band during his high school years, and again after his return from Montreal where he got degrees in music education and composition from McGill. He now teaches music at Ecole Phoenix Middle School.

For the 2 p.m. concert Kolya has chosen the theme “A Day in the Life of Spring”. The program will take the audience from dawn to dusk with a variety of interesting music celebrating the season.

Singers will recognize two of the numbers. Sure on This Shining Night is a band arrangement of a haunting song by Samuel Barber. Eric Whitacre’s choral classic, Sleep, has been arranged for concert band by the composer. With its shimmering dissonances it’s been both challenging and rewarding for the band.

Several band members will be featured soloists for this spring concert. Ted Milbrandt, a founding member of the band, will be featured in Nocturne, an arrangement of a Tchaikovsky classic.

Relative newcomer Kayla Izon will be the soloist in the lively Latin Sun by André Jutras.

Roger Kirk, anchor of the trumpet section, and Natalia Matheson, on tenor sax, lend their jazz talents to Paul Desmond’s Take Five.

A highlight of the concert will surely be Brian Balmages’ Elements (Petite Symphony) a suite of four movements: Air, Water, Earth and Fire. The band loves the four varied movements and so should the audience.

There’s always a march at a band concert, and this one finishes up with the very unusual Burst of Flame by Richard Bowles, the late music director at the University of Florida.

As usual at the Community Band’s Sunday afternoon concerts, refreshments prepared by band members will be served. The concert will be about an hour long, and children are welcome.

The Campbell River Community Band has been together for nineteen years, mostly under the baton of founding director Céline Ouellette. The band rehearses once a week from September to May.

Tickets are available at the door. The cost is $5, or $12 for a family. The concert will be held in the multi-purpose room of Carihi Secondary School. The entry is off the lower parking lot.

November 2,  2014

At this time of year we remember the men and women who have served in our armed forces in various ways. The Campbell River Community Band has chosen to honour them through music.

At an afternoon concert on Sunday, November 16, the band will present music ranging from solemn and reflective through nostalgic to rousing. The concert, under the direction of founding conductor Céline Ouellette, is called “For Those Who Served”. It will take place at 2:00 in the multipurpose room of Carihi Secondary School and will include home-made refreshments and a chance for the audience to mingle with the band members
after the concert.

Rick Howell will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. He will also be reading poetry and texts which accompany some of the music. Rick, a retired English and drama teacher, is renowned for the way he introduces the music at the Comox Valley Concert Band concerts. He and members of his family have been part of that band for many years.

As is appropriate to the occasion the concert will open with a haunting fantasy on O Canada, followed by the stirring and well known National Emblem March, which is often used by the American military as ceremonial music.

Ghost Dances, by American composer Roland Barrett, is a powerful and moving work inspired by the tragic story of the Lakota Sioux massacre at Wounded Knee.

Military life has its lighter moments. Director Céline Ouellette has chosen the rollicking Drunken Sailor and a medley of popular World War Two melodies, such as the White Cliffs of Dover and I’ll Be Seeing You to reflect this lighter side.

September 3, 2014

The Campbell River Community Band is starting its fall season on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Rehearsals are held weekly in the Carihi Band Room, starting at 7 p.m. This is a new time, to accommodate the new ferry schedule. The 30 member band was founded 18 years ago by its current director, Céline Ouellette.

Under various directors it has continued a tradition of concerts and competitions, including the National Music Festival where the band won a gold medal in 2005.

This fall the band will be preparing for a late Nov. 16 concert with a Remembrance Day theme.

New members of any age with some band experience are always welcome, and should contact Céline Ouellette at 250-923-6844 or at minous@telus.net in advance so she can prepare a folder. There is no audition, and committed players with a wide range of ability and experience enjoy playing in the band.

Band members pay a modest fee to cover rental of the band room and purchase of new music.

November 17, 2013

Last year the Campbell River Community Band experimented with a familyfriendly
afternoon concert. The response was so good that they are doing it again, with “As the River Flows……” on Sunday, November 17.

The 2:00 concert, to be held in the Carihi multi-purpose room, will include home-made refreshments and a chance for the audience to mingle with the band members after the concert.

Because the concert isn’t too long parents are encouraged to bring their children – there will even be a way for them to participate in one of the musical numbers.

Because so many cities are situated on rivers, founding director Céline Ouellette has found a wealth of river-themed music for this concert, starting with a suite by Mark Williams entitled Campbell River Sketches.

One of Canada’s mightiest rivers is depicted in Steve Hodges’ McKenzie River Quest, while Shannon Falls, by Ralph Ford, takes us to Sea to Sky country. The Great Steamboat Race and Cotton Ferry Expedition, with their sound effects and hints of rag time, suggest the early days of the river boats on the Mississippi River.

American composer Frank Ticheli has used the folk song Shenandoah as the basis for an evocative and very popular addition to concert band repertoire. A folk song is also the basis of Claude T. Smith’s The Water is Wide. Explorers came to North America in tall ships. Half Moon on the Hudson, by Michael Sweeney tells of a voyage of exploration, nearly 400 years ago, by Henry Hudson on his ship, the Half Moon. J Chattaway has given us a powerful and exciting piece of music with his Parade of the Tall Ships.

The world of Broadway and the movies is represented by a medley of Highlights from Show Boat, and an arrangement of Mancini’s Moon River.  Bands and marches go together, so the concert will end with Kenneth J. Alford’s Army of the Nile.

Apr 18, 2013

It’s a musical jungle out there for the Campbell River Community Band

Every January Campbell River Community Band director Céline Ouellette combs through the filing cabinets of band music looking for a theme for the annual spring concert.

A great many animal and bird titles popped up, so the April 26 concert will be titled ‘It’s a Jungle Out There’.

The event, scheduled for 7:30 at the Carihi multi-purpose room, will also have have a big surprise, a guest band members are very excited about.

Former Campbell River Community Band conductor Chris Unger, who is just finishing his doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, will be conducting the second half of the concert. Unger, who led the band for a year, has received a Frederick Fennell Fellowship for advanced conducting and has served as the assistant conductor of both the Eastman Wind Orchestra and the Eastman Wind Ensemble.

The animal world is vast, and the Friday evening concert is similarly wideranging.

The concert will open with a medley of the ever popular music from ‘Cats’, followed by two numbers from Stuart Johnson’s ‘Circus Suite’ – Bareback Riders and Elephant Act.

The band is fortunate to have a number of fine soloists in its ranks. Trumpeter Roger Kirk will be featured in an arrangement of ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’ while Gordon James will be the alto saxophone soloist in Jay Chattaway’s ‘Songbird’.

Bands and audiences love marches. This time there are two: Fillmore’s ‘Circus Bee’, and the Alford classic ‘Standard of St. George’. The animal in question is the dragon!

The audience, and especially any children present, will love ‘The Three Little Pigs’ which keeps the band on its toes with Doug Craig’s ever changing narration.

Children and the young at heart will also like Henry Mancini’s ‘Baby Elephant Walk’.

Director Ouellette always likes to choose a couple of numbers that push the band to its limits. ‘’Flight of the Griffin’, is a high energy piece with a haunting middle part.  The work, by Brian Balmages, describes a mythical creature with the head, legs, and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.

‘Where Never Lark or Eagle Flew’ is a classic band piece by American composer James Curnow.

Other birds and animals making an appearance include the blue goose, the horse (as in Leroy Anderson’s ‘Horse and Buggy’) and the birds of ‘Birdland’.

The Campbell River Community Band has been together for 17 years, mostly under the baton of founding director Céline Ouellette.

The band rehearses together once a week from September to May.

Tickets to It’s a Jungle Out There are available from band members or at the door. The cost is $5, or $12 for a family.

The concert is dedicated to the late Dennis Flint, a trombone player with the band and a valued member of the musical community of Campbell River and the Comox Valley.

February 5, 2013 

As the Campbell River Community Band begins its 17th season, it is looking for new members.

Under the direction of Céline Ouellette the band has maintained a regular membership of between 25 and 35.

Now there are a few holes in the woodwind section, specifically in the saxophone department.

Interested players of a any band instrument who can manage high school level band music should contact Céline at 250 923 6844, or e-mail her at minous@telus.com

The band is now preparing for a May concert called It’s a Jungle Out There, featuring animal and bird themed music.

The band rehearses every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in the music room of Carihi.

Dec. 9, 2012

Celebrate Christmas with the Campbell River Community Band Dec. 9

For most of us, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without music. The Campbell River Community Band has spent the fall preparing a tasty menu of holiday music for an afternoon concert on Sunday, Dec. 9.

This is a concert for the whole family – it’s not too long, it’s in a family friendly venue, and there are goodies made by band members to share at the end.  The event, under the baton of founding conductor Céline Ouellette, begins at 2:30 in the multi purpose room at Carihi. Tickets for the concert are $5, or $12 for a family, and are available from band members or at the door.

Popular Christmas fare is well represented with a medley of favourites, such as Winter Wonderland, I’ll be Home for Christmas and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Everybody knows Jingle Bells, but they may have to listen hard to find the tune in Richard Saucedo’s exciting arrangement. The Twelve Days of Christmas gets an unusual treatment in the Lydian mode. More traditional carols make their appearance in C’est Noel, by Quebec composer André Jutras and in a haunting arrangement of Holst’s In the Bleak Midwinter by Robert W. Smith. Veni Immanuel is based on an 8th century plain chant, O Come O Come Immanuel. The arrangement by Phillip Sparke evokes a medieval cathedral. Roger Kirk on trumpet and Doug Craig on euphonium are the featured soloists in the duet Baby, it’s Cold Outside, followed by Sammy Nestico’s Good Swing Wenceslas. The concert will conclude with Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride.

May 4, 2012

Campbell River Community Band Concert, Friday, May 4

If you enjoyed the Campbell River Community Band’s survey of TV themes last
spring, join them at the movies on Friday, May 4.  Music of the Big Screen features some of the most popular film music ever written, from as far back as Walt Disney’s Song of the South (Zip–A-Dee-Doo-Dah) right up to last year’s Academy Award winner The King’s Speech.  The concert, with conductor Céline Ouellette, begins at 7:30 in the Carihi multi-purpose room (next to the gym). Tickets for the concert are $5, or $12 for a family, and are available from band members or at the door.

John Williams has composed so many wonderful film scores that it was hard to find music not written by him. He is represented at this concert by music from Star Trek and Star Wars, the Olympic fanfare, and the music from Schindler’s List. Henry Mancini is another great in the film music world. Mancini Spectacular features themes from Moon River, Charade, Dear Heart, Peter Gunn, and the Baby Elephant walk from Hatari. Every band concert needs a march. Fortunately one of Kenneth Alford’s best marches, Colonel Bogey, became a hit when it was whistled by the prisoners of war in The Bridge on the River Kwai.
Themes from Exodus will bring back some memories for people who were teenagers in the 1960’s, while music from Grease will do the same for the next generation. Gabriel’s Oboe is one of those tunes that everyone recognizes without knowing where it came from. Flute soloist Tomeko Bonner will play this haunting tune from the 1986 motion picture, The Mission.

Sometimes film makers will look to the classics for inspiration. In The King’s
Speech, solemn and reassuring music from Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony accompanies the new king as he struggles, then triumphs, in the speech of his life. Another “classic” that became a hit because of a movie is Scott Joplin’s piano rag The Entertainer, which made it to the top of the charts because of the Oscar winning movie, “The Sting”. The Blues Brothers became a cult classic in the 1980s, and its soul and R and B soundtrack was one of the reasons. A medley of marches from Disney movies provides something for the young
and the young-at-heart, with The Mickey Mouse March, The Elephant Song and Supercalifragilistic among others.

The Campbell River Community Band has been together for sixteen years, mostly under the baton of founding director Céline Ouellette. The band rehearses together once a week from September to May.

November 2010

Any one who has ever watched TV, and that’s just about everyone, will love the Campbell River Community Band’s next concert.  On Wednesday, November 24, the band will present “Our favourite TV Shows” in the multi-purpose room of Carihi Secondary.

The concert starts at 7:30, and tickets are $5 each or $12 for a family.

Director Celine Ouellette has assembled a wide collection of television music for the concert, reaching back in time to the 1930’s, with the Looney Tunes Overture, and all the way to the present, with the theme for Hawaii Five-O.

Along the way we meet with some family favourites, such as medleys from the Muppets, Sesame Street, and the Flinstones.  No survey of TV music would be complete without the theme from the Simpsons.

In the comedy department we have the Odd Coupe, Hogan’s Heroes and the Addams family, among others.

Some music was not originally written for television, but has become forever identified with its particular program.  It’s hard to hear the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger, or the Sousa’s Liberty Bell March without picturing the antics of the Monty Python crew.

The much-loved theme music for the Masterpiece Theatre was actually written three hundred years ago.

Crime plays a big role on prime television, and it’s well-represented by music from Dragnet, Mission Impossible, Secret Agent and Get Smart.

And for those who loved the craziness of Spike Jones and his City Slickers, the band presents A Salute to Spike Jones, complete with all kinds of strange noises.

September 2010

Campbell River Community Band starts 15th season under director Celine Ouellette

The Campbell River Community Band starts its new season on September 15th under the direction of Celine Ouellette.

The Campbell River Community Band was founded in January 1996 by Celine Ouellette, who is a talented French horn player and conductor.  The band has performed at festivals, concerts and community events to wide acclaim.

The band practices on Wednesday nights in the Carihi band room at 7:30pm.  The first rehearsal will be on Wednesday, September 15.

The group is looking for experienced wind/brass and percussion players for the 2010/11 season.

There is no audition, and committed players with a wide range of ability and experience enjoy playing in the band.  Everyone is welcome to come and have fun “making music”.

This season the music will have a Television Theme.  Music will be arrangements from shows such as The Simpsons, Mission Impossible, Hawaii Five’O, Muppet Show and many more.

Band members pay a modest fee to cover rental of the band room and purchase of new music.

May 2010

When the Campbell River Community Band held its spring concert in February this year, them members looked forward to finishing the season with a few months of sight-reading and revisiting old favourites.  The old favourites proved to be such a hit that the band decided to share them in a second spring concert, on Wednesday, May 19.

The concert will begin at 7:30 in the Carihi multi-purpose room under the baton of director, Celine Ouellette.

Individual band members will introduce their picks, from over fourteen years of making music together.

Some highlights of the concert will include music from the lighter side of the repertoire, such as the sound track of Pirates of the Caribbean, and a medley of Beatles tune.

Several band classics have been winners for the band at Festivals, and with audiences in the past.  They include Gustav Holst’s First Suite in E flat, and Grainger’s Irish Tune (known as “Danny Boy”) and Shepherd’s Hey.

Rounding our the program are some contemporary band pieces – excerpts from Johan de Meji’s Symphony no. 1, Lord of the Rings and Stuart Johnson’s Circus Suite.

No band concert is complete without a march, and the members’ choice for this evening is Sousa’sStars and Stripes Forever.

February 2010

Re: Campbell River Community Band Concert, Friday, February 5

It is usually a sure sign of spring when the Campbell River Community Band announces its annual concert. This year the concert is coming early. It is scheduled for Friday, February 5, at the Carihi Secondary School Multi-purpose room, at 7:30.

The concert, titled ‘Urban Music’, takes us to eleven world cities, then and now. Canada is on the map, with Campbell River Sketches, and Oscar Peterson’s portrait of Place St. Henri in Montreal.

Heading south we find ourselves in Puebla de Los Angeles, one of Mexico’s most beautiful cities. Santiago Carnival, a big, brassy number keeps it company.  Every band has marches in its repertoire. The Washington Post and Manhattan Beach Marches will be featured at Friday’s concert.

Heading back in time, we visit sixteenth century England with the Earle of Oxford’s March by William Byrd. A band favourite, Canterbury Chorale also evokes England’s rich past.

Europe is represented by The Great Gate of Kiev, from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. On the way back to North America, we also stop in Paris for a band version of Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

New York is represented by a ragtime number suggesting that city in the 1920’s.

Under the baton of its founding director, Céline Ouellette the Campbell River Community band is in its fourteenth year. Members of all ages, from teenagers to pensioners, meet once a week on Wednesday nights to share the wonderful experience of playing in a band.

 May 2009

The Music of Earth, Air, Fire and Water

It’s a sure sign of spring when the Campbell River Community Band announces its annual May concert.

This year, the band is presenting Music of THis Earth on Friday, May 8, in the Carihi multi-purpose room room at 7:30.  Special guests are The Little Big Band, a brand new stage band formed in Campbell River this year.

The sounds emanating from the Wednesday night rehearsals suggest that this year’s presentation will have some very unusual music, as well as some old standards.

The theme, Music for this Earth, hints at the four elements of earth, air, fire and water, all of which are portrayed in Jay Chattaway’s Mazama.  It depicts events at the time of the Mazamas, an Indian tribe living in the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest.  The tribe vanished when Mt. Mazama erupted and formed Crater Lake.  Among other strange instruments and sounds, this piece features the ocarina and keeps the percussion section of its toes.

The band, now in its 13th year, is under the direction of founding conductor Celine Ouellette.  It will open its portion of the program with Johann Srauss’s Thunder and Lightning Polka.  The sea will be represented by Vaughan Williams’s Sea Songs, based on two lively marches.

James curnow’s band classic, Where Never Lark or Eagle Flew, is based on a poem by a World War Two pilot flying high above th earth.

One of B.C.’s best-loved composers, Stephen Chatman, has written several works for band.  The band’s choice, Grouse Mountain Lullaby, is a haunting work which provides a contrast to the violence of Regenesis.  Subtitled Song of the Planet, this piece was written to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the eruption of Mount St.Helens.

The Little Big Band is directed by Don McKay, a well-known jazz bassist and former teacher from Victoria. The group of a dozan players are dedicated to the performance of modern big band jazz.  A number of them are members of both bands.

The concert is dedicated to the late Liam Grimm, a trumpeter in both bands who is sadly missed.

Date: November 2008

November 2008

Winter has definitely arrived in Campbell River, with its rain and gloom. The Campbell River Community Band’s concert on Friday, November 28, is all about winter’s up side.

The band, once more under the direction of its founding conductor, Celine Ouellette, is presenting “Winter Sounds” at the Timberline Theatre at 7:30.

Gustav Holst, an English composer very familiar with the kind of winters we enjoy here, wrote three of the numbers on Friday’s program. He is probably best known for his Christmas carol, In the Bleak Midwinter. The arrangement by Robert W. Smith features a clarinet solo by Ted Milbrandt.

Winter Dances, by Brian Balmages , is another challenging piece for the band, with its shifting metres and complex writing.

The program will end with a piece that cannot be named. It’s safe to say that the audience will recognize it and associate with an aspect of the Canadian winter!

Tickets for the concert are $5, or $12 for a family. They are available from band members or at the door.

Date: May 2008

Re: Campbell River Community Band Concert May 7 2008

The Campbell River Community Band annual spring concert is set for Wednesday, May 7, with a program of “Songs of the Sea”.

The concert, which begins at 7:30 at Timberline Theatre, will include special guests, the Pacifica Ukes senior ensemble, under the direction of band member, Vince Sequeira.

For the band’s director, Chris Unger, this will be the first and last annual concert with the Campbell River Community band. Chris will be moving to London Ontario to pursue a Master’s degree in conducting at the University of Western Ontario. His departure will be a great loss to the band and to the musical community, where he is active as a teacher at Vanier, a horn player in the brass group, Quintessence, and a member of a Celtic group, Hollow Promise.

The Pacific Ukes are a well known presence in Campbell River. Composed of students from several elementary and secondary schools in the school district, ranging in ages from 9 to 17 years, the ensemble is an “honour” group, selected through an audition process based on their musical skills on the ukulele and voice. The group has toured extensively and released several audio cassettes and CDs.

“Songs of the Sea” is an obvious choice for a band program in a seaside city, and there is much band music with a nautical theme.

The program will include classics, like Vaughan Williams’ march, “Sea Songs” and Kenneth Alford’s”On the Quarter Deck”. A very moving arrangement of Shenandoah by Frank Ticheli is a favourite of this band.

Life on the river is also represented by a medley of highlights from Showboat, while “Parade of the Tall Ships” and Chanteys” give us a glimpse of the high seas.

Every band concert has a novelty number. The Great Steamboat Race keeps the percussion section very busy, and requires band members to bring large jugs of water!

Date August 31. 2007

Re: Campbell River Community Band starts 12th season under new director

The Campbell River Community band starts its new season on September 12 under a new baton. Chris Unger, in his fifth year as the instrumental music teacher at G.P. Vanier Secondary School in Courtenay, will take over from Phil Cassidy, who has guided the band for the last three years.

Unger, who was born and raised in Trail, B.C., has a Bachelor of Music degree and a Bachelor of Education from U.B.C. A French horn player, he performs in the Quintessence Brass Quintet, the Comox Community Concert Band, and in a local Celtic group, Hollow Promise.

A great enthusiast of concert band music, Unger is hoping to explore some challenging repertoire with his new band, including a selection of music of the sea for the spring concert.

The Campbell River Community Band was founded in January, 1996 by Celine Ouellette, who is now a member of the horn section. The band has performed at festivals, concerts and community events to wide acclaim.

The band practises on Wednesday nights in the Carihi band room at 7:30. The first rehearsal will be on Wednesday, September 12

The group is looking for experienced wind/brass and percussion players for the 2007/8 season.

There is no audition, and committed players with a wide range of ability and experience enjoy playing in the band.

Band members pay a modest fee to cover rental of the band room and purchase of new music.

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Date: May 6, 2007

Re: Campbell River Community Band Concert,Wednesday, May 16

The Campbell River Community Band and guests are presenting another evening of fine instrumental music on Wednesday, May 16.

The concert, which is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.at the Timberline Theatre, will feature the Georgia Strait Big Band, and a talented quartet playing the music of Claude Bolling.

The band is in its twelfth season, the third under director Phil Cassidy who was a member of the trombone section for several years before stepping up to replace founding director Céline Ouellette. Under his direction, the band won a gold medal at the National Band Festival last year.

Several of the many talented musicians in the band’s ranks will step forward to play four movements from Claude Bolling’s very popular Jazz Suite for flute and piano. Lorraine Philippsen, flute, Laurence Philippsen, bass, and Emanuel Idiens, percussion, will join pianist Cindy Taylor in Baroque and Blue, Javanaise, Irlandaise, and Veloce from the suite.

The band is also very pleased to welcome a relatively new group from the Comox Valley, the Georgia Strait Big Band, to their spring concert.

Under the direction of Don MacKay, a former Victoria teacher and bass player, the Georgia Strait Big Band has been together for about a year. Several members of the community band are in their ranks, including Roger Kirk as lead trumpet, and Phil Cassidy in the trombone section.

Performing a broad selection of jazz and big band standards, the group will be joined by vocalists Charlotte Harvey and Ralph Barratt.

The Community Band itself will present a tasty selection of concert band numbers, including a march, selections from Pirates of the Caribbean and Oliver, and a work featuring drummer Emanuel Idiens on the typewriter!

Date: May 5, 2005

Re: Campbell River Community Band Concert,Friday, May 13

The little band that could just keeps getting better and better. Fresh from a Gold Medal performance at the Port Alberni Band Festival, the Campbell River Community Band will be presenting its annual Spring Concert on Friday, May 13 in the Timberline Theatre starting at 7:30.

The twenty-five member band under the direction of Phil Cassidy was given a standing ovation by the adjudicators after its performance in Port Alberni on April 23, a performance which earned them the standing of Superior Plus Plus and a trip to the National Music Festival in Richmond.

Adjudicator Dave Proznick had this to say about the band’s performance: “Your love for music making is obvious and your talent and musicianship create a wonderful atmosphere.”

His colleague, Bryan Knapp called the group “an amazing band, lead by an exceptional director”.

The band is in its tenth season, but this is its first under new director Phil Cassidy who was a member of the trombone section for several years before stepping up to replace founding director Céline Ouellette. Cassidy, a history, English and media teacher at Southgate, has many years of military band experience in Nova Scotia. He also taught band at Southgate for three years.

Special guests at the Friday the 13th concert will be Dem Bones, a quartet of trombone players from Campbell River and the Comox Valley. Under the direction of Paul Nuez, they play a wide variety of popular music.

Several of the many talented musicians in the band’s ranks will emerge for solo spots during the concert. Oboe player Dianne Mason is also a gifted pianist. She and Dave Fitzsimmons, from the flute section, will team up for a violin and piano duet.

First chair flute and clarinet players Lorraine Phillipsen and Ted Milbrandt, who have been playing together for several years, will also perform.

The band will be playing the three winning pieces from the Port Alberni Festival; The Diplomat, a march by Sousa, Holst’s Suite in E flat, and Toccata for Band.

In addition, there will be a varied repertoire from the classics to show tunes, including a selection from the Beatles, Phantom of the Opera, Hootenanny,Mancini Magic and an arrangement of the overture to Mozart’s Magic Flute.

Date: April 29, 2004

Re: Campbell River Community Band Concert,Saturday, May 8

A Night at the Theatre is the is the name of the Campbell River Community Band’s spring concert, scheduled for Saturday, May 8 at the Timberline Theatre, starting at 7:30. It’s a fitting title for a tribute to departing director Céline Ouellette who has been associated with musical theatre in this community for many years.

Ouellette, who is leaving for a two year stint teaching in an international school in China, has directed numerous musicals at Timberline, including the recent “Once Upon a Mattress”, and she has played French horn in many more from Nanaimo to Campbell River.

Under her direction, the band, now in its ninth season, has won many awards at festivals in Comox and Port Alberni, and has grown from a group of rusty performers to a polished ensemble.

Saturday’s concert will also introduce the incoming director, Phil Cassidy. A member of the trombone section for many years, Cassidy, who teaches at Southgate Middle School, brings his years of military band experience to his new job.

As the title suggests, this is a fun evening, filled with music from musical theatre and the movies. The band will present lively tunes from Fiddler on the Roof, Cats, Oliver, My Fair Lady and Jesus Christ Superstar.

The audience will be able to revisit the Wizard of Oz and The Music Man, both of which have been produced in Campbell River,

The world of the movies is represented by a suite from Fantasia. The music is by classical composers, but who can hear it without seeing Disney’s cartoon figures.

The world of band music is wide. Hounds of Spring, by Alfred Reed, is one of its classics. Arrangements of orchestral music are also staples of any band’s repertoire. The concert band version of the Prelude from Verdi’s La Traviata is particularly effective.

No band concert would be complete without a novelty item or two. Three members of the trumpet section, Roger Kirk, Robert Samson and Ted Yeadon will be featured in Leroy Anderson’s Bugler’s Holiday.

Eine Kleine Yiddishe Ragmusik is a number which defies description, but whose title tells all. It’s one of the band’s favourites.

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Date: April 29, 2003

Re: Campbell River Community Band Concert,Saturday, May 8

The award-winning Campbell River Community Band is once again gearing up for its Spring Concert on Friday, May 2.

This popular annual concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Timberline Theatre, features a guest appearance by Sounds of Seventeen, a big band whose members come from Campbell River and the Comox Valley

The Campbell River Community Band is in its eighth season under its leader Céline Ouellette who has just directed the very successful Timberline production of Guys and Dolls . The forty piece band ranges in age from teenagers to pensioners, and in ability from good high school players to near-professionals.

For Friday’s performance the band will play selections from its wide repertoire, including the Kenneth Alford march Army of the Nile , and Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune and Shepherd’s Hey , music which won the band a gold rating at a November competition in Comox.

The world of Canadian band music will be represented by a Fantasy on O Canada , an arrangement of Oscar Peterson’s Place St. Henri, André Jutras’ Barrie North Celebration and a suite named Campbell River Sketches . In addition, Lorraine Philippsen and Ted Milbrandt will play some exciting Canadian duets for flute and clarinet.

Three movements from the William Byrd Suite , transcribed by Gordon Jacob, gives us a glimpse into sixteenth century England.

With no shortage of high quality soloists to choose from, the band will feature tuba Gordon James and alto saxophone Matt Hodgson in a lively Circus Suite.

One of the most popular band pieces of the decade has been Johan de Meij’s Lord of the Rings . Trombonist Michael Gau will lead the band in an arrangement of this classic, enabling Director Ouellette to join the horn section.

Sounds of Seventeen has recently formed under the direction of Robert Sampson. It consists of saxophones, trombones, trumpets and a rhythm section, performing dancing and listening music from the big band repertoire. Friday’s performance will feature vocalist Charlotte Harvey.

crcb2002.jpgDate: April 27, 2002

Re: Campbell River Community Band Concert, Friday, May 3

The Campbell River Community Band celebrates the end of a golden season with a concert on Friday, May 3rd, at the Timberline auditorium.

The band’s seventh season was special because of two gold-medal wins at concert band festivals. The first medal was at the Comox band festival in November. The second, earned at the recent Port Alberni festival, came with an invitation to the ‘nationals’ , a Canada-wide band competition being held this year in Calgary.

Adjudicator Dave Dunnett commended the thirty-five member band for its exciting performance under the skillful direction of conductor Céline Ouellette. The only band competing at the demanding 500 level, the group worked hard at its weekly rehearsals to prepare the required three selections: Persis, The Diplomat (march) and Holst’s Second Suite in F.

Both adjudicators said they wished more school bands had been in the audience to see where their hard work in high school could lead them.

The Friday concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will include the three competition pieces plus a varied selection of marches, classics and popular arrangements.

With no shortage of high quality soloists to choose from, the concert will feature French horn player Yolanda Lehton in Saint-Saens’ Romance, and trumpeter Roger Kirk in Andalusia. Other soloists include Ted Milbrandt on clarinet, Jack Creaser on euphonium and Lorraine Philippsen on flute.

Classics include arrangements of von Suppé’s Poet and Peasant Overture and Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance No. 1. March lovers will enjoy The Standard of St. George and the rousing National Emblem March in addition to Sousa’s less well-known The Diplomat.

On the popular side the band will play a tribute to Duke Ellington and an arrangement of Oscar Peterson’s Place St. Henri, from his Canadiana Suite.

Date: September 2, 2001

Re: Campbell River Community band starts fall season

The Campbell River Community Band is gearing up for its new season, and is inviting old and new members to come to the first rehearsal on Wednesday, September 5 at 7:30 in the Phoenix band room.

Since its beginning seven years ago when a group of experienced performers and extremely rusty amateurs joined together to make music, the band has become a tight, hard-working group, with members of all ages and levels of experience. Band members pay a small fee to cover the cost of renting the facilities and purchasing new music.

Under the energetic direction of Céline Ouellette the band impressed both adjudicators and audience members at the Comox Valley Band Festival last year, and gave a succesful concert in May.

This year the band will play at the Campbellton Heritage Days at the end of September, the Comox Valley Band Festival at the end of November, and may possibly exploit its invitation to the national band festival, MusicFest Canada, in Calgary in the middle of May. Local concerts are also planned for Christmas and May.crcb2001wp1.jpg

Date: April 27, 2001

Re: Campbell River Community Band Concert, Saturday, May 5

Spring is the time for band concerts in the park. The Campbell River Community Band won’t be performing outdoors this year, but it is presenting a rousing concert at the Timberline Theatre on Saturday, May 5 at 7:30.

Since its beginning six years ago, when a group of experienced players of near-professional quality joined forces with rusty amateurs whose instruments were gathering dust in closets, the Community Band has won numerous awards at music festivals and delighted audiences who thought band stopped in high school.

Director Céline Ouellette, a French teacher at Timberline with a Masters degree in music and years of band experience has inspired the thirty-five band members to improve their playing skills and to view Wednesday night rehearsals as one of the highlights of the week. Band members range in age from teenagers to pensioners, with a similar range in experience and ability. They come from Campbell River, Quadra Island and the Comox Valley.

The band has prepared a wide range of band music. Marches are standard band fare, and Saturday night’s concert fill feature Colonel Bogie , and Liberty Bell , as well as Centennial , a march written for the Belgian Football League. “Classics” include band versions of the William Tell Overture , Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and Funeral March of a Marionette.

Clarinettist Ted Milbrandt will be featured in Tchaikovsky’s lyrical Nocturne , and Jeff Konkin will solo on alto saxophone in Latin Sun.

Two medleys, one of melodies from Phantom of the Opera, and the other of ragtime tunes are guaranteed audience pleasers. Trumpeter Roger Kirk brings his big band experience to Glenn Miller’s In the Mood .

Date: September 5, 2000

Re: Campbell River Community band starts fall season

The Campbell River Community Band is gearing up for its new season, and is inviting old and new members to come to the first rehearsal on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:30 in the Phoenix band room.

Since its beginning six years ago when a group of experienced performers and extremely rusty amateurs joined together to make music, the band has become a tight, hard-working group, with members of all ages and levels of experience. Band members pay a small fee to cover the cost of renting the facilities and purchasing new music.

Under the direction of Céline Ouellette the band entered the Comox Valley Band Festival for the second year, and gave a succesful concert in May.

Plans this season include another trip to the band festival in November and a possible Christmas concert.2000

Date: April 27, 2000

Re: Campbell River Community Band Concert, Friday, May 5

Wednesday nights are rehearsal nights for two groups of musicians in this area. The Campbell River Community Band and Island Voices will finally meet in a Spring Concert on Friday, May 5.

The concert, to be held in the Timberline School Theatre, begins at 8 p.m.

Since its beginning five years ago when a group of experienced performers and extremely rusty amateurs joined together to make music, the Campbell River Community Bandhas become a tight, hard-working group, with an exciting program planned for Friday evening.

Director Céline Ouelette, a French teacher at Timberline, has a Masters degree in music and years of band experience. Band members range in age from teenagers to pensioners, with a similar range in experience and ability. They come from Campbell River, Quadra Island and the Comox Valley.

Friday’s concert will include a wide variety of music, from band standards like the marches “Under the Double Eagle”, and “Stars and Stripes Forever”, and the Holst Suite in E flat, to challenging arrangements, such as “West Side Story” and “Mancini Magic”.

Two soloists will be featured as well, flautist Lorraine Phillipsen in Autumn Soliloquy, and trombonist Mike Gau in Andalusia.

On the lighter side, the band will give a taste of the big band sound in a Glenn Miller medley and salute the goofy musical style of Spike Jones.

The Band’s special guests, Island Voices, are a small chamber choir under the direction of Frances Keen. The group has a loyal following and has won the great honour of an invitation to the International Choral Festival in Powell River this summer.

The two groups will combine for a performance of “Dry your tears, Afrika”, an arramgement of John Williams’ music from the film Amistad.


Date: January 3, 2000

Re: Campbell River Community Band

The Campbell River Community Band took a big gamble at the Comox Valley Concert Band Festival in November. By entering at a higher level than the previous year, when they brought home a “gold” rating, band members found themselves challenged by some very difficult music

Director Céline Ouellette was pleased with this years “silver” standing, and with the way the band had to pull together to learn music this tough.

Adjudicator Dave Proznick praised the band for tackling literature of this difficulty, and gave many helpful suggestions for a higher level of performance.

As it begins its fifth season, the Campbell River Community Band is looking at a busy season. On Wednesday, January 12th, it will be performing at the Carihi Music Concert.

The band has also been invited back to Quadra Island for the Quadra Singers spring concert in April. Band members and the audience both enjoyed this event enormously last year.

Date: January 4, 1999

Re: Campbell River Community Band wins Gold

The Campbell River Community Band is beginning its fourth year on a high note, a gold medal performance at the Comox Valley Band Festival.

Under the direction of Céline Ouelette, the band entered the November festival because it needed a goal to work towards. The thirty-five members of the group were astonished to be praised by adjudicator Kerri Turner for their “great exciting playing”.

Addressing the band after its performances of three pieces, Turner, a retired music educator from Abbotsford, and himself a director of a community band, complimented the band on its commitment, usually a difficulty for community bands.

“I’m sorry there weren’t more of the young ones around to hear you”, he went on. “I enjoyed your work today”

The superior (gold) rating given the band means a nomination to the national music festival to be held in Toronto this spring. The band is not planning to go, but is honoured to be invited.

Director Céline Ouelette, a French teacher at Timberline, has a Masters degree in music and years of band experience. Band members range in age from teenagers to pensioners, with a similar range in experience and ability. They come from Campbell River, Quadra Island and the Comox Valley. This year they have been joined by exchange students from Sweden and France. What they all have in common, however, is a love of music and a willingness to attend weekly rehearsals.

The first rehearsal of the new year will take place on Wednesday, January 13, in the music room at Phoenix Middle School. Plans for the season include a workshop with the Canadian Forces Band in Esquimault, and a spring concert.

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