Volume 6 Issue 5 - February 2001



BANDSTAND continued

as an amateur musical outlet.

Not so long ago (like my adolescence!),

community bands were

thought of highly enough tb be

funded either in whole or in part

by municipal governments. Now

groups have to rely on lottery

funds, charity bingos, member

dues and admission fees for their

funding. Consequently, bands

these days often have less money

for proper rehearsal facilities,

percussion equipment, or music

libraries. Add to this the increased

expense many bands have

d1,1e to school boards raising the

rent for their facilities, and yoy



begins 2001 with a new General

Manager. James F. Lee is

looking forward to an exciting

time with the chorus in the

upcoming months: performances

both in Toronto and on

tour to Germany and the

Netherlands, May 17-26.


BAND is busy with-preparations

for the Kiwanis Festival in

February, hoping to reprise

their first place finishes of the

last eight years. A new CD,

Millennium, is in post-production

for a March release,

featuring both traditional and

contemporary band repertoire.

would wonder why anyone would

want to start a band at all.

It's because of this that I marvel

at the nineteen community bands

listed in the September 2000

WholeNote. (You can reference

that article via the WholeNote

website at www.thewholenote.com.).

While the number of bands on the

scene in Toronto would suggest

that the concert bands are stronger

than ever, I have some concerns.

None of the bands I've visited this

year have a full instrumentation.

None. There is a chronic shortage

of clarinettists - this is akin to

having a symphony orchestra with

too few violins. Not enough horn

players. Almost no mallet



announces the retirement of Betty

Webster from her position as

Executive Director, effective

March 31, 2001. During an

extensive career with many

remarkable achievements and

contributions to orchestral

development in Canada, she was

recognized with several awards,

and was named a Member of the

Order of Canada in 1992.


one of the country's leading

presenters of contemporary music

and music theatre, was honoured

with a Lieutenant Governor's

A ward for the Arts in recognition

of its exceptional increases in

support from the community and

the private sector and in box

office revenues.

percussionists. There are even

bands that don't have enough

saxophonists! Playing in an

understaffed band is quite often an

unsatisfying experience - many of

the interesting solo colours in the

~· band are missing, and playing

cues just isn't the same.

It's my belief that we will actually

see fewer bands in the GT A over

the next few years. I don't see this

as a bad thing, if it comes about

by bands joining forces to become

well rounded groups. Of

course, I could be wrong,

and by this time next year,

there will be even more

bands. I just don't know

where all those musicians

are going to come from.

Clarinetist/educator Phil

Nimmons and third year

saxophone student Tara

Davidson, of the UNI­



MUSIC Jazz Studies

programme, have received

awards from the International

Association of Jazz

Educators. The mission of

the IAJE is to assure the

worldwide growth and

development of jazz and

jazz education.

Hit the web.

Join the future with

Linda Maguire @


Merlin Williams is a woodwind

performer, arranger,

teacher and music copyist

based in Toronto. If you

would like an upcoming band

event to be featured in the

Bandstand column, feel free

to contact him at (416) 489-

0275; by e-mail,

merlinw@attcanada.ca; on

the web, http://

members. attcanada. cal


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