In June 2013, at the end of another busy season, the Canadian Staff Band (Bandmaster John Lam) announced the departure of two veteran members.
Leigh Rowney joined the Staff Band in September 2007 after emigrating to Canada from Sheffield, England. His skills as a percussionist have been greatly appreciated and he has made a valuable contribution to the band’s ministry over the past six years. The Staff Band wished Rowney well as he continues to serve at Oshawa Temple Corps.
Andrew Burditt joined the Staff Band in 1994, and with two short periods when he was out of the band, has given a total of 15 years of service. Burditt is the third generation of his family to serve in the band, following in the footsteps of his father, Brian, and his grandfather, William, both of whom were founding members in 1969. A recent change in work responsibility has caused Burditt to relinquish his role in the band’s ministry. The Staff Band wished him well in his new role as divisional secretary for public relations in the Ontario Central-East Division and his continuing role as bandmaster at Oshawa Temple.
On another note, the Staff Band is glad to welcome Maggi Jones to the horn section. Married with two children, Jones attends Guelph Citadel, where she is actively involved as a member of the senior band and youth band leader. Both Maggi and her husband, Paul, are former members of Impact Brass, the divisional youth band of the Ontario Great Lakes Division.
Canadian Staff Band web site