The Nanaimo Concert Band is having their 138th Annual Fall Concert in the Port Theatre at 2:30 pm on Sunday, November 7, 2010. Admission is $10 per person. The concert will directed by John Forbes and the program includes Zampa, America Folk Rhapsody, St Louis Blues March. A Festive Overture, Colonel Bogey, Star Trek the Movie, Lion King, Songs of Sailor and Sea, Cadet Singalong, Big Band Signatures, Sunset, Queen, and Eagle Squadron.
The Nanaimo Concert Band is proud to be known as Canada’s oldest continuously operating concert band. The Band was established in 1872, founded and conducted by Reverend James Reynard. The first name given to the band was the Nanaimo Junior Brass Band, but very shortly thereafter it was renamed the Nanaimo Brass Band. The band’s second conductor was Mark Bate, who was not only its president but also the first mayor of Nanaimo.
In 1889 the band was renamed the Nanaimo Silver Cornet Band for the silver plated instruments purchased from JW Pepper in the United States. Through 1920’s the band was known for the many honours they won in competitions and was nicknamed the Nanaimo Silver Cornet Prize Band. It wasn’t until 1950 that it adopted the current name, the Nanaimo Concert Band. The band has played for the Empire Days celebration throughout Nanaimo’s history and has performed for the opening of numerous public buildings, royal visits, and of course, the bathtub celebrations. The band has played at every November 11th Armistice Ceremony since World War One, without fail.
Some other band events include The Empire Day parade, Concert in the Park, the Annual Fall and Spring Concert, the Canada Day Celebrations, and a very important event, the Christmas Charity Concert in support of Nanaimo’s food bank. At Christmas the band breaks down into small groups and plays charity concerts for retirement homes and other community functions. All members of the band are community volunteers who give freely of their time at rehearsals and performances.