With a strong sense of community and an absolute commitment to music, the Orangeville Community Band embarks on a journey of teaching and performing music suitable for all ages. We draw our repertoires from current stage performances, commercial musicals, silver screen sound tracks and the big band era. Blues, jazz, Celtic, classical and pop are all on tap.
A Brief History
Originating from a small cadre of about eight instrumental enthusiasts pulled together as a seedling group by inceptive Musical Director, Johannes Wervers, in 2007, the band has grown quickly to over forty musicians hailing from a region currently defined by Fergus, Erin, Caledon, Shelburne and of course, of special interest, Orangeville. This pleasantly surprising twelve-year growth continues briskly with several novice and experienced musicians joining each year.
The band’s dedicated Musical Director, Joy Spencer, leads the band in rehearsal, in performance and in spirit and she spends considerable time searching for musical scores that will fit the band’s level of expertise. This means finding that balanced level of difficulty that will satisfy the professional players in the band as well as challenge those who have joined the band to develop their personal skills within the musical field. The result is a big band sound that is a blend of smooth, lively, energetic, rich, full, dynamic, thrilling, musical voicing from large band. Thursday evening rehearsals in Orangeville are always targeted towards the next public presentation.
Members come for a wide variety of reasons and from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some have studied music at the post-secondary level and enjoy keeping their chops in shape with us, while others have learned to play an instrument later in life and enjoy the challenge of playing new music. All appreciate the sense of community, the friendships and the fun at rehearsals. All have the shared experiences of 8 to 10 concerts per year.
Our beginning band is a group of people aged 8 to adult who began to play in October of 2018. There are 21 players who are beginning to develop basic skills on concert band instruments and beginning to read music. The beginning band is currently a closed group unless you have already had some beginning lessons on your band instrument. For further information please contact email@example.com .
Striving to bring good music to seniors’ homes, Royal Canadian Legions, hospitals, schools, and town festivals, as well as to the public at large, provides the members with a busy and active playing season. Band goals are several, yet rising to the top are attempts to provide an adult example for our youth in music and to provide teaching and mentorship for the support of younger players. Promoting the interests and welfare of the Town of Orangeville, as well as modeling corporate citizenship will have long term benefits for both band and town.
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The Orangeville Community Band is a concert band with a community focus, and is a registered charity. It exists to provide musical enjoyment and skill development to the membership and quality performances for Orangeville and the surrounding areas. It provides educational programs and mentoring for youth and culturally enriching performances for seniors and the greater community. The Band includes people from a variety of skills levels and is intended to provide enjoyment of Community and Music for all who hear and all who participate. The group usually showcases approximately fifty performers, and performs many genres of Music.