Community Band plays for veterans

The Campbell River Community Band has chosen to honour our veterans through music

At this time of year we remember the men and women who have served in our armed forces in various ways. The Campbell River Community Band has chosen to honour them through music.

At an afternoon concert this Sunday, the band will present music ranging from solemn and reflective through nostalgic to rousing.

The concert, under the direction of founding conductor Céline Ouellette, is called “For Those Who Served” and takes place at 2 p.m. in the multipurpose room of Carihi Secondary School and will include home-made refreshments.

As is appropriate to the occasion, the concert will open with a haunting fantasy on O Canada, followed by the stirring and well known National Emblem March.

Military life, however, does also has its lighter moments. Director Ouellette has chosen the rollicking Drunken Sailor and a medley of popular World War Two melodies, such as the White Cliffs of Dover and I’ll Be Seeing You to reflect this lighter side. Marches are closely associated with bands and the military and there are several on the program, including the march of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, a regiment which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year.

The Campbell River Community Band, made up of musicians all ages and abilities, has been playing together for 19 years. They have played in many concerts and festivals, including a gold medal performance at a national band festival.

Tickets for the concert are $5, or $12 for a family, and are available at the door.