The London Citadel Band (Bandmaster John Lam) has announced several personnel changes as they commence their fall season.
The band announces, with mixed feelings, the retirement of Bernie Doars from the euphonium section and the band. Doars has been an exemplary bandsman since 1967. Throughout the years, he has been an outstanding soloist and section leader, and he served as bandmaster, 1978 – 1980. He continually set high standards for others in commitment, musical skills, attendance, leadership abilities and love of banding. Doars will continue to serve at the citadel, and the band will celebrate his years of banding later this coming season.
Major Jamie Braund had played in the band since his appointment to London Citadel as corps officer in 2009. Major Braund has recently been appointed as Assistant Principal of the Training College in Winnipeg.
Deborah Dawe has returned to London and taken on a teaching position again with the Thames Valley District School Board. She will resume her former role as instrumental music teacher at Glen Cairn Public School. Dawe has also agreed to move from flügelhorn to Eb alto horn and will fulfill a significant role in that section. In conjunction, Ron Gilbert will move from solo cornet to flügelhorn.
With several younger members coming into the band and “moving up the ranks,” Major Gary Venables has agreed to move to second cornet and Sarah Jaremko has taken the principal first cornet seat.
John and Seritha Rowsell have recently moved from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to London. John is completing a doctorate in music at the University of Toronto while Seritha is looking for a teaching position with the local school board. Seritha joins the band on solo horn; John will be playing Eb bass.
Greg Riman was welcomed into the band earlier this year. Greg comes from the Westminster Park Corps and has been a percussion instructor at music camps for several years.
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