Sidney Concert Band pays tribute to vets

Musical salute on Nov. 3 will feature pipes, drums

Sidney Concert band plays their 2013 Musical Salute to Veterans on Sunday

Sidney Concert Band will give a nod to veterans this weekend during their 2013 Musical Salute to Veterans on Sunday, Nov. 3.

This year’s show will take place at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Sidney on Third Street which will offer about 100 more seats than last year’s show.

“In 2012 we had to turn away over 100 people who came to see the performance at the Charlie White Theatre,” said Terry Erskine, vice-president and percussionist in the band.

“With the larger venue this year we’re hoping to be able to accommodate everyone who comes.”

The show, which is sponsored by Michelle Holmes and Holmes Realty, will feature the Sidney Concert Band as well as the Saanich Peninsula Pipe Band and vocalist Stephanie Benbow playing a musical selection that features something for everyone.

“There will be music that everyone will recognize but especially our veterans,” said Erskine.

The band is made up of close to 40 members ranging in age from 18 to over 80. This year will mark the fourth annual tribute show and Erskine said the caliber of music has continued to rise since the band’s inception in 1986.

“Our sound has continued to improve each year as well as the caliber and selection of music. Our musical director Rob Bannister has really pushed us and we’re really looking forward to this show,” said Erskine, adding that the band has been rehearsing twice a week in preparation for the show.

The show at St. Elizabeth’s on Nov. 3 starts at 2:30 p.m. and is by donation with proceeds going back into the community band.

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