Unexpected Visitor at Staff Band Rehearsal

The members of the Canadian Staff Band (Bandmaster John Lam), on arrival at their weekly rehearsal on 26 March 2014, were happy to have an unexpected visitor. Composer Kenneth Downie and his wife, Patricia, had come by to listen to the rehearsal. They had traveled to Toronto to visit friends, and were delighted to hear the Staff Band in preparations for an upcoming recording.

Bandmaster Lam invited Kenneth to conduct the band in his well-known composition In Perfect Peace, which he did. Downie also offered some explanation about the inspiration for the work and the ideas which he was seeking to portray in its music.

Canadian Staff Band web site