On 1 October 2016, at Guelph Citadel, The Canadian Staff Band (Bandmaster John Lam) joined with the youth band of the Ontario Great Lakes Division, Impact Brass (Bandmaster Philip Rayment) and that band’s feeder group, iGNiTE! Brass (Bandmaster Sarah Rayment), for Brass Fusion, a concert marking the end of a day of music clinics and sectional instruction.
The concert began with the Staff Band’s rendition of Intrada – Bless the Lord (Philip Rayment). Other items offered by the Staff Band in the first half included Light Song (Kenneth Smith) and the cornet solo Jubilance (William Himes), the latter featuring soloist Colin Williams of Impact Brass. Staff Band soloists were represented by principal euphonium Steve Pavey, who played Able.
Video of The Veterans:
Under the guest leadership of Deputy Staff Bandmaster Cameron Rawlins, iGNiTE! Brass played two items, Worthy Is the Lamb and Let There Be Rock!.
The second half of the concert began with the Staff Band and Impact Brass joined together for the march Spirit of the West (Dudley Bright), which is based on the tunes “Dare to Be a Daniel” and “I’ll Stand for Christ”. Other selections highlighted the talents of the young musicians from Impact Brass, including the cornet trio The Veterans (Ray Steadman-Allen), featuring Micaela Rayment, Rabekah Heintzman, and Claire Diffey. In another feature, the trombone sections of the two groups combined for In His Time. Other items from Impact Brass included Hold That Fort! and Almighty.
The Staff Band’s major work for the evening was Kevin Norbury’s overture Coronation, a triumphant work based on the tune “Diademata”, associated with the words “Crown Him with many crowns”. Lt.-Colonel Jamie Braund, Executive Officer of the Staff Band, spoke from Romans 5:1–2, “God’s live is given freely and abundantly to everyone. What a gift to stand in God’s grace!”.
Video of Canadian Staff Band and Impact Brass, God Is There:
As the concert came to a close, the Staff Band and Impact Brass again united for God Is There (Robert Redhead), as a reminder that we are constantly surrounded by the love of our heavenly Father.