Board of Directors…
Thank you for all you do for the Band and the wider community!
Paul Schwagly has been with the Sidney Concert band for several years.
Paul started his playing career in the Saanich school district, playing in the North Saanich Middle school band and then in Parkland’s high school band. Paul’s main instrument is the Tenor Saxophone but he does also play the clarinet. Paul writes that “The Sidney Concert band is a wonderful place to play, no matter what age or skill level you are. Everyone is very supportive of one another.”
In addition to playing in the Band, Paul has spent 25 years with the North Saanich Volunteer Fire department as a volunteer. He currently holds the position of Firefighter.
Jim was President of the band during the difficult Covid years, from 2019 through 2021.
Jim has been playing wind instruments since his early teens, first on clarinet with his high school and university orchestras, and then playing saxophone with a four-piece combo throughout the 1960s. “The work with the combo was great fun and a big help in paying my university fees.” , he recalls. He was also the Band Major for both the Eastwood Collegiate and the McMaster University marching bands.
In addition to his instrumental playing, Jim has sung with various choral groups, ranging from the 100-voice Lysenko Chorale in Toronto to the barbershop harmony of the Victoria Village Squires. Over the years, he has played and sung vocals with the Swiftsure Big Band and is currently a member of the Saxophoria quintet, playing alto sax and performing vocals there as well. Jim continues to be the Master of Ceremonies for the Peninsula Singers concerts – a position he has held for more than a dozen years.
Peter Amundsen started his musical journey with piano lessons, adding trumpet lessons soon after. He kept up both until he completed the Western Board Grade 7 requirements in piano and then concentrated on his trumpet playing. He played trumpet in his school band, community band, Army Reserve Band and the Crowsnest Pass Symphony Orchestra until leaving home for further schooling.
Peter spent a year at Calgary’s Mount Royal College and played in a small jazz group there. He continued his studies in Edmonton at the University of Alberta, where he played in the U of A Symphony, the U of A Marching Band and the U of A Big Band. He also played for musical theatre productions (Over the Rainbow, Little Abner and others). After graduation, he moved back home, where he played with the Crowsnest Pass Symphony as well as a small combo playing jazz and big band music. Peter has played with the Sidney Concert Band for the last few years.
Wayne Speller has played in the trumpet section of the Sidney Concert Band and has also served as the band’s Music Librarian for the past several years. As Wayne notes, “Over the years, the Sidney Concert Band has improved significantly, offering many new and interesting musical opportunities. Serving on the band executive has provided numerous rewarding experiences, working with other talented and hardworking band members.”
Wayne first took up trumpet at about the age of ten. However, his musical interest and enjoyment really blossomed when he joined a local Victoria junior high school band and continued into his senior high school and university years. Owing to university and career requirements, Wayne gave up playing for 36 years but began again upon his retirement. It proved to be a long and challenging effort to returning to active playing, however his musical capabilities significantly improved over his younger days. Wayne has played in a number of concert bands and big bands in Victoria over the years. He currently plays in two big bands as well as the Sidney Concert Band.
Nicola began playing music and singing at a young age. She started taking guitar lessons at the age of 12 and joined the middle school concert band and chose to play the flute. She continued to play all through middle school until the end of her high school years.
After a four-year hiatus, Nicola joined the Sidney Concert Band in the fall of 2018, in the flute section and enjoys performing and singing. Outside the concert band, Nicola has performed with a variety of local groups including Reverie, and contributed to Reverie’s sound by playing guitar, mandolin and singing.