PTBOCanada Featured Post: The Amazing History Of The Peterborough Concert Band

A photo of the band operating under the name Peterborough Citizen’s Band in 1950

A photo of the band operating under the name Peterborough Citizen’s Band in 1950

Did you know Peterborough has a band that’s been around for more than 150 years? Pretty incredible right?! The Peterborough Concert Band (PCB) is an award-winning wind ensemble that can trace its lineage in the Peterborough area all the way back to the mid-1800s with the formation in 1858 of the Rifle Brigade Band.

Over the years, the band has been known as the Rifle Company Band, the Rural Band, the Peterborough Fire Brigade, the 57th Regimental Band, the Peterborough Citizen’s Band, and the Peterborough Civic Concert Band among other names, until finally becoming the Peterborough Concert Band.

Members of the band get into the holiday spirit at a free concert at Peterborough Square before the Santa Claus Parade

Members of the band get into the holiday spirit at a free concert at Peterborough Square before the Santa Claus Parade

This well known community band strives to promote the arts and provide community service in the form of quality musical entertainment. Peterborough Concert Band performs varied repertoire of popular contemporary music, show tunes and classical gems at community events, retirement residences, churches, schools and parks in Peterborough and surrounding communities. Chances are pretty good that someone you know has heard them play!

Currently playing under the direction of Peter Sudbury, PCB performs year-round, with annual appearances at Canterbury Gardens in late winter, St. John’s Anglican Church in June for their Strawberry Social, Lang Pioneer Village on Canada Day, Riverview Park and Zoo in August, Royal Gardens for Remembrance Day, and Peterborough Square on Santa Claus Parade day (which is always a favourite).

The Concert Band plays annually at the St. John's Anglican Church Strawberry Social

The Concert Band plays annually at the St. John's Anglican Church Strawberry Social

The Peterborough Concert Band is passionate about fostering musical skills through mentorship. They are able to do this by offering open rehearsal nights, bursaries to dedicated young players, and through connecting with local secondary schools and post-secondary students wishing to continue playing after high school. Know of a student or group of students who could benefit from playing with the band? Get in touch!

Tuba player Joe hitches a wagon ride at the 2015 Lang Pioneer Village Canada Day Celebration

Tuba player Joe hitches a wagon ride at the 2015 Lang Pioneer Village Canada Day Celebration

You can keep up-to-date with everything about The Peterborough Concert Band by following them on Twitter @ptboconcertband, liking Peterborough Concert Band on Facebook and visiting their website peterboroughconcertband.ca.

->>> Interested in playing in the band? Email Band Manager, Angela, at manager@peterboroughconcertband.ca.

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