Some Old City Band Photos

Bob Bell got a slide scanner for Christmas and sends us three more pictures from the OSCB's illustrious past:

"specifically the season of 1976-77. I was Deputy Bandmaster at the time and these are three gigs I led. The first picture is the Legion Church Parade, Sunday before Nov. 11th, formed up in front of First Baptist Church on 4th Ave. E.. There were still quite a few vets in the band that year.
"The second picture is quite possibly the worst Santa Claus Parade in living memory. We're marching west on 10th St. The building beside us is the Seldon House (Jason's) when it was still painted white. We are about to left wheel onto 2nd Ave. E. We marched shoulder to shoulder to try to keep warm. My trumpet plugged up with ice. The saxes kept losing notes until their reeds split. By the time we reached the reviewing stand at City Hall, we had only percussion left working.
"The third picture is the grand opening of the brand new Shallow Lake Arena. Indoors, thank goodness, though they put us on the ice."



A Very Merry Christmas from your Owen Sound City Band

And so ends another busy year of concerts, parades and music music music!! Here to wrap it all up, our gift to you, some action photos (via Linda Joch) from our annual Family Christmas Concert last weekend at the Bayshore Community Centre, with a bit of free Christmas music thrown in for extra fun, a few tunes from us, and a one from our special guests, the Hillcrest Husky Ensemble!

And the bandmaster is…


A message from our City Band President:


It gives me great pleasure to announce that Julia Richards has been hired on a permanent basis as bandmaster for the Owen Sound City Band.

 Three cheers for the first female bandmaster for the Owen Sound City Band!

 The executive has also appointed Dan Blenkinsop to the position of Deputy Bandmaster.

 Congratulations to you both and I look forward to many great performances to come.
Clinton Stredwick
President of the Owen Sound City Band


Central Place Courtyard (12-08-07)

Some scenes (and sounds) from down by the fountain in the courtyard of Central Place last Tuesday evening, the Owen Sound City Band under the direction of our intrepid semi-conductor Dan Blenkensop, staving off the rainclouds with that big windband sound 🙂

many thanks to our resident photographer Linda Joch for sending these along!

A Nice Evening for A Concert In The Park!

Some scenes and sounds from last Monday evening, our first show of the 2012 Summer Concerts in the Park series, and also our own City Band Member's BBQ! 🙂 ??On the MP3s we have Celebrate Ontario, a mysterious hand-written score we found in the archives, very likely dating back to the Ontario Bicentennial in 1983, and a positively psychedelic old-time march Slidin' Easy, a trombone feature??that is just way too fun to play. ??The third is the original-score Copa Cabana, a must-have tune for these hot Sydenham summer nights in July!

From now until the end of Summer, the Owen Sound City Band will be performing at the bandstand in Harrison Park every Monday evening except the Civic Holiday weekend, with the July shows starting at 7:30pm and 7:15pm in August. ??We'll also be out at the Queen's Park bandstand downtown on First Avenue West on the third Thursdays of each month; you can come out to listen, or, if you are a player, do come out and sit in with the band! ??We have extra music folders and we'd love to have you in the group — making music together is what it's all about!

City Band Summer Schedule

Here's our schedule for the 2012 Summer Season



Please plan to arrive early due to limited parking, etc.
The organizers recommend parking at the old Health Unit building at 9th St or at the municipal lot south on 1st Ave E. ??Cars will be allowed through the barricade to drop off instruments, but will likely not be permitted to park along 1st Ave West.
    Band to play 6:30 to 7:20PM.

    Please avoid setting up equipment in front of the previous act (singing 6:15 – 6:30), by setting up our equipment before they start, or quietly at the side, then finish setting up when they are finished. Thanks you.

    band to play from 7:30PM on, for one hour or more.????

    Two rows of table in the Picnic shelter have been booked for the afternoon and evening, to use as social get-together for band members and their families. More details to follow –

  • Thursday JULY 12th 7PM civic re-dedication ceremony commemorating official 100 year anniversary of Harrison Park??to be held at the Harrison Park Bandstand.

  • Saturday, JULY 14th – HARRISON PARK CENTENNIAL PICNIC at 12 o'clock NOON
    Billed as an all-ages Old Tyme Picnic, this is a free event hosted by the Friends of Harrison Park; the festivities begin with a mass canoe floatilla arriving at the north island at 11am with the opening ceremonies capped by an old-fashioned bandstand concert (ie us ;)??

    Here again parking is extremely limited??– car pool if at all possible, there will be shuttle busses brining the public to the park from the municipal parking lots. ??If you do arrive by car, tell the gate guard that you are will the city band and expect to be directed to parking at the bottom of the hill. ??They are expecting 1000 visitors or more and Harrison Park only has a few dozen parking spots.

  • Monday JULY 16th, HARRISON PARK CONCERT – 7:30PM Start
  • Monday JULY 23rd, HARRISON PARK CONCERT – 7:30PM Start
  • Thursday JULY 26th, QUEEN'S PARK CONCERT (to be confirmed) – 7:30PM Start
  • Tuesday??AUGUST 7th, Central Place Retirement Community – Courtyard 7:30PM Start

  • Monday AUGUST 13th, HARRISON PARK CONCERT – 7:15PM Start

  • Monday AUGUST 20th. HARRISON PARK CONCERT, 7:15PM Start

  • Thursday AUGUST 23rd – QUEEN'S PARK CONCERT (to be confirmed) – 7:15PM Start

  • Monday, AUGUST 27 – HARRISON PARK CONCERT?? 7:15PM Start

  • Saturday, SEPTEMBER 1st – noon, DESBORO FALL FAIR

The two Thursday evening Queen's Park Bandstand concerts have yet to be confirmed by the City; a confirmation on these will follow later.

AGM Agenda and 2011 minutes

Yes, it's that time of year again: this Monday evening regular practice will be bumped aside for our Annual General Meeting, with the election of officers and (re)appointment of the bandmaster and all that fun administrative stuff. Attached here are the minutes of last year's AGM and our Agenda for Monday. ??Should you notice any errors or omissions, or if you have something to add for the meeting, please contact Clinton Stredwick directly.