Whitby Brass Band

Music Director: Lindsi Gawley


When Thunder Calls    Paul Lovatt-Cooper
O.R.B.    Charles Anderson
Light of the World    J. Dean Goffin
MacArthur Park.   Jimmy Webb, Arr. Alan Catheral
Now in its 160th year, the Whitby Brass Band is a volunteer based community ensemble out of Whitby, Ontario. Founded in 1863, its membership consists of amateur musicians from all walks of life and experience levels and provides musical support to the Town of Whitby and surrounding area through a busy performance and parade schedule throughout the year.  The band plays a variety of different styles of music, ranging from marches and Salvation Army pieces to pop and rock music, and is comprised of enthusiastic and incredibly dedicated members, many of which have been with the ensemble for upwards of 25 years.
The Whitby Brass Band in large part is supported and maintained through the Junior Band program, which has been in existence since 1933. Musicians and aspiring musicians of any age are welcome to register, and  instruments, music, uniforms, and instruction are provided to members of the community at no charge. Currently, about 55% of the main ensemble comes from beginnings in the Junior Program; some of which are relatives of the original Junior Band class of 1933. This has also led to multi-generational banding in the Whitby community, and it is not unusual to have members playing alongside their children and grandchildren at rehearsals and performances. The band is also supported by a large audience following, and through generous funding from the Town of Whitby; they are fortunate to have their own designated rehearsal room, library, storage space, and social room.
The Whitby Brass Band is thankful for the opportunity to perform at the Great Canadian Brass Band Festival and is excited to spend the weekend collaborating and celebrating Brass Banding in Ontario.
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