To kick off its 2010 – 2011 season, the Canadian Staff Band (Bandmaster John Lam) visited Mountain Citadel in Hamilton, Ontario, on the weekend of 2 –3 October 2010. The corps was celebrating its 20th anniversary as Mountain Citadel, reflecting back on its roots as the former Mount Hamilton Corps and Westmount Corps, which amalgamated in 1990. The guests for the weekend were Colonels Floyd and Tracey Tidd, chief secretary and secretary for women‘s ministries for the Canada and Bermuda Territory.
Following a wonderful anniversary dinner, the Staff Band presented the Saturday evening concert to a packed hall and very appreciative audience. Items in the first half included Hallelujah! (James Curnow), the festival march Able (Turkington, arr. William Himes), Robert Redhead‘s suite Shout Salvation and Variations on “Laudate Dominum” (Edward Gregson).
Featured in the first half was euphonium soloist Steve Pavey who presented Salvus (Robert Redhead). A special treat for the local audience was Mountain Citadel Bandmaster (and Staff Bandsman) Philip Rayment who offered Rhapsody for Bass Trombone (Stephen Bulla).
The second half of the program featured Lowell Anniversary (Stephen Bulla), Daniel‘s Band (Leonard Ballantine), cornet soloist Major Kevin Metcalf playing Down by the Riverside (Jeff Christmas) and Wilfred Heaton‘s transcription of the exhilarating Dance of the Tumblers by Rimsky-Korsakov.
Throughout the evening welcome contributions were received from a reunion songster group. Video highlights depicted the corps‘ history over the last 20 years and a devotional message was brought by Colonel Floyd Tidd. The program ended with the Staff Band playing James Curnow‘s Ellacombe Chronicles, based on the hymn “I sing the mighty power of God” by Isaac Watts.
Sunday began with visits to local seniors residences followed by morning worship at Mountain Citadel. An afternoon musicale featured the Canadian Staff Band and the Mountain Citadel Band.
Canadian Staff Band web site