About The Band
A Brief History of the Sidney Concert Band
The Band started in the winter of 1986/87 when the Celebrations Society suggested that a town band be formed. The first public concert was held in Tulista Park on June 30, 1987. Playing under rainy skies, however, did not dampen enthusiasm of the seedling community band. In the early years, the biggest problem was finding a place to rehearse. Known then as the ‘Sidney and North Saanich Community Band’, they made Parkland High School their first home. A few years later they moved to the old Sanscha Hall in Sidney, after which their name changed to the ‘Sidney Town Band’. When redevelopment of the Sanscha Hall began, the Band moved to Saanichton and then to Brentwood, where the name became our current. After a decade of appreciating the hospitality of the southern end of the Saanich Peninsula, the Band ‘moved home to Sidney’ where it now enjoys rehearsal space at the Peace Lutheran Church. In today’s band, musicians range from age 18 to 85 years and hail from all walks of life, but on the stroke of the downbeat, music levels all ranks!
Listen to Us
The Band owns a music repertoire suited to a wide variety of venues. Our library holds over 400 scores, including Gershwin, Mozart, Cole Porter, John Williams, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Gilbert & Sullivan, Leroy Anderson, Holst, Kenneth Alford and much more!
In addition to full concert band scores we also have fun arrangements featuring band sections, such as Seventy-Six Trombones, Bugler’s Holiday and Clare Grundman’s Flutations. Hear a track.
Interested in Joining?
We’re serious about having fun and playing to the best of our musical ability! Thinking about joining? Come along and test-drive us for up to 4-weeks – no commitment required on your part. Just bring your instrument and music stand and drop in…
Full time students have membership fees waived!
Please contact Bruce Ham if you are interested in joining the Sidney Concert Band.
• Oboe• Flute / Piccolo• Clarinet /Bass Clarinet• Bassoon• Alto, Tenor, Bari Saxophone• Trumpet• Horn• Trombone• Euphonium / Baritone• Tuba• Percussion• String Bass
See Events Calendar
- Monday nights.
- Set up at 6:30pm
- Downbeat at 7pm
- Peace Lutheran Church
- 2295 Weiler Ave, Sidney
Want to Join?
Please contact Bruce Ham for more information.
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