The Wallaceburg Concert Band – With conductor Dave Babbitt.
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The Wallaceburg Concert Band is a local success story with few equals. Barely three-years old, the band has already firmly entrenched itself into the cultural fabric of the community and has begun spreading its wings beyond our local borders.
Born out of the termination of the long-established Music Programme at WDSS, organizers recognized a need, and jumped on the opportunity to re-establish a community band, the likes of which had vanished decades ago. The band found a willing partner in the Wallaceburg Arts Council, the call went out to find musicians, and the call was answered resoundingly!
In addition to many local members, the group has also attracted members from Chatham, Sarnia, London, Windsor, Rodney, Blenheim and parts between making it the largest band in the region.
In recognizing the need to establish a feeder-system to ensure long-term stability, the group has also established a free learn-to-play program for beginners.
The band has won over huge public support and has helped raise in excess of $100,000 in its short lifetime, enabling the group to purchase the much-needed, expensive instruments and supplies that have helped propel it forward.
Concentrating on establishing music excellence first, public concerts to date have been limited in number but will no-doubt increase in the coming years.
Far more than just a band, the group has also become engaged in other areas of the community including the local Dragon Boat races where last year, the team was presented with the Spirit Award for their musical, boisterous and positive presence. Look for many great things to happen in future as the group reaches into the community even further.