Posted on December 15, 2017 by Tia Lalani

The Camrose & District Community Band in Concert with Musical Guests, the Battle River Big Band!  On Sunday, March 25, the Camrose & District Community Band, under the direction of Tom Spila, will perform a concert at the Cargill Theatre of the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre in Camrose. The concert begins at 2:00 pm and …

The Camrose & District Community Band in Concert with Musical Guests, the Battle River Big Band! 

On Sunday, March 25, the Camrose & District Community Band, under the direction of Tom Spila, will perform a concert at the Cargill Theatre of the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre in Camrose. The concert begins at 2:00 pm and features musical guests, the Battle River Big Band (Dennis Rusinak, Artistic Director). Admission is by donation.

The Camrose & District Community Band will perform a variety of selections, from standard concert band literature and marches to jazz and movie themes. The Battle River Big Band will perform well-loved big band tunes. There will be light refreshments following the concert.

Formed in 1983, the Camrose and District Community Band was started by a group of 13 interested local musicians, under the baton of Tom Spila, for the purpose of providing a recreational adult band for the community. The original community ensemble, called the Rose City Band, was active in the 1960’s, but later disbanded. The formation of the Camrose and District Community Band allowed former Rose City Band members, former school players and interested beginners to join together for an enjoyable evening of music every week and to acquire and improve skills many thought they might never get the opportunity to work on again. While the focus of the band is educational, the group provides a wonderful social outlet: members thrive musically and make new friends at the same time. Membership is open to anyone over 18 years of age and ranges from 18 years of age to 90 plus. The ensemble is governed by an elected executive with help from various committees. The band’s repertoire consists of a wide variety of styles. Performances include local trades shows and events, public concerts and festivals. The Camrose & District Community Band membership consistently totals over 60 musicians representing a wide array of occupations and people from all walks of life. For many years now Augustana students with experience on an appropriate instrument have been able to join in the band as full members while receiving university credit for their work.

Rehearsals take place Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 9:00 pm at Camrose Composite High School band room. The season runs from late September to late May. The band welcomes all newcomers so if you are interested, come out to the concert the afternoon of March 25th [2:00 pm] and feel free to talk to members of the band and the director and enjoy the sounds of the Battle River Big Band as well. Please call 672-1051 for further information.


Sunday, March 25

2:00 pm

Lougheed Centre – Cargill Theatre

Camrose & District Community Band Concert – March 25th @ 2PM


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