Farewells from the Canadian Staff Band

On 6 July 2016, the Canadian Staff Band (Bandmaster John Lam) completed a busy 47th season with an extra concert at Jackson’s Point. 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the camp and the Staff Band got into the spirit of the occasion by wearing the commemorative t-shirt.

As is often the case at the end of a season, some farewells were in order. This season, the Staff Band said goodbye to three stalwarts of the band with a combined 75 years of contributions to the ministry.

Major Kevin Metcalf completed his third tour of duty with the Staff Band, covering a combined period of 24 years. Aside from being a cornet superstar, Metcalf served as the band’s Executive Officer and was a guiding force for much of the last decade. He is now the corps officer of the busy London Citadel, and the Staff Band wishes him well.

Ken Bailey, who had been serving as Deputy Bandmaster, also made a deep contribution to the band for over 24 years. A “bandsman’s bandsman”, he played wherever the band had a need, including tuba, trombone, and most recently baritone. He is probably put the most distance on his car in the band’s history, making a 330km round trip each week for rehearsal.

Rounding out the team of veterans farewelling from the Staff Band is John Avery, the “old-timer” of the three. Avery served the band for 27 years on cornet, with a couple of memorable stints on flügelhorn - both for UK tours (1990 and 2011).

Source: Canadian Staff Band Facebook group