Sidney Concert Band looking for a few good musicians

The band practices at Peace Lutheran Church in Sidney on Monday nights and plays four or five concerts a year.

The Sidney Concert Band is looking to fill a few chairs this season.

SIDNEY — The Sidney Concert Band has chairs open for a few instrumentalists, according to band director Rob Bannister.

“We’ve got 39 members now,” Bannister told the News Review, “and we can’t get much larger because our practice space is limited, but we need nine more players to round out the band. It’ll be tight, but we can fit them in.”

Bannister said that in order of importance (to the band, not musically speaking) chairs are open for a tuba, two French horns, a melodic percussionist, two clarinets, an oboe, a bassoon and a trumpet.

“Anyone who is interested can Google Sidney Concert Band, and have a look at our website,” he said. “There are sound clips of our performances, and information about practice times and contact information. We have players from age 17 to 80. Our music is generally level four, with some level five arrangements, and one or two that are probably P (Professional) level.”

(Band music is graded by the degree of difficulty, from level one, which is very easy,  to level P for musicians with years of experience.)

The band practices at Peace Lutheran Church in Sidney on Monday nights and plays four or five concerts a year and in the Canada Day and Sidney Sparkles parades.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a  regular  Monday  evening rehearsal.

The band’s next concert is at the Mary Winspear Centre, 2 p.m. on May 29.

For information, contact Rob Bannister at rjpabannister@shaw.ca.

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