Wednesday evening,4 July 2012, was the commencement of the annual Jacksons Point Camp summer series of public concerts. As has been the custom for the last several years, Heritage Brass opened the series. This year’s concert took on a slightly more official atmosphere as two candidates from the Ontario Central Division were farewelled by the Divisional Commander.
Prior to the program, the band held its annual banquet, hosted by the Georgina Corps. Several individuals were recognized for their service. A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Bandmaster Ian Watkinson, who relinquished his position because of ill health. Others resigning positions include Lorne Walton, after many years as Librarian, and Arnold Cooper, leaving as Quartermaster.
Also retiring from the band after the concert were Commissioner Don Kerr (euphonium) and Keith Ketteringham (trombone/euphonium and resident composer). All were recognized with framed certificates. The presentations were conducted by the band’s Executive Officer, Major Greg Simmonds.
After leaving the lovely, air-conditioned building of the Georgina Corps, everyone moved over to the oven-like auditorium of the camp (this part of North America was gripped in a sizzling heat wave at this time of the summer).
The audience was very receptive to the items played by the band, starting with the opening march, Assignment (Dudley Bright). Other highlights included the cornet solo Bugler’s Holiday played by Deryck Diffey and Western Overture, always a crowd-pleaser because of Bandmaster Brian Burditt’s rapport with the audience.
Three special numbers of significance were featured, beginning with Kenneth Downie’s Fugue from “Towards the Victory”. The march OCRB (referring to the band’s former designation as the Ontario Central Reservist Band), by Keith Ketteringham, was also performed. The last feature was William Himes’ Stars and Leafs Forever, commemorating both Canada Day (1 July) and American Independence Day (4 July).
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