We’re back to practicing!

The Dundas Concert Band began practicing on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at the Dundas Town Hall, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. We practice each Tuesday evening. We are looking specifically for clarinet, bassoon and percussion players, but players of other instruments are welcome to come out. If interested in attending, please drop us a line at info@dundasconcertband.com so we know you are coming. Hope to see you there!

Thank you!

We have played all of our summer concerts in the park on the scheduled dates, and are now finished. We would like to thank you for attending our concerts, and for your generous donations to the band. This will allow us to purchase new music, and pay our ongoing expenses.

We want to hear from you!

This year, during our summer concert series, we had special guests, including the Dundas Pipes and Drums, the Dundas Concert Band Brass Quintet, and Leo Johnson and his djembe drummers. We also had a special Family concert, with activities for the children. Did you enjoy the guest musicians? Would you like to see more next year? Maybe you have suggestions for a special guest? Let us know. E-mail us at info@dundasconcertband.com.

Dundas Concert Band celebrates 175th year on July 4

Concert in the Park series runs Tuesdays July 4 to 25 and Aug. 1

By Dundas Star News

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Photo of Dundas Concert Band October 25, 2022 by Lawrence Yanover

Dundas Concert Band celebrates its 175th anniversary year with the first of five Concert in the Park performances July 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Dundas Driving Park.

Performances continue each Tuesday, weather permitting, on July 11, 18 and 25, and Aug. 1, continuing a tradition of concerts in the park going back to 1958.

In 1848 the band was known as the Dundas Citizens’ Band and the current name was adopted in 1923. The July 4 Concert in the Park summer series opener will recognize the band’s 175 years.

Musical Director William Rolfe took on the task of selecting arrangements representing Dundas Concert Band’s history, legacy and diversity of musical genres. Rolfe assembled a summer series including pieces from the earliest days of the band and its association with local military regiments.

Many early members of the Dundas Citizens Band also played in The Wentworth Regiment, formed in Dundas in 1872. It was originally the 77th Wentworth Battalion and Infantry. This year’s summer series celebrates that connection.

Featured is Pentland Hills, a march medley of traditional Scottish Airs such as “The Lass O’ Gowrie,” “John Anderson,” “My Jo’ ” and “The Rowan Tree.” “The Lass O’ Gowrie” was the Regimental March of the Wentworth Regiment.

Also included are medleys of familiar works by Cole Porter and George Gershwin.

The Dundas Concert Band looks forward to the Dundas Pipes and Drums joining them at the July 11 concert.

At the July 25 concert the band’s guests will be Leo Johnson West African Djembe Drummers. Johnson has, for many years, been teaching authentic African call/answer, and songs specific to Liberia on djembe drums.

Dundas Concert Band drummer Chris Wilson gets an opportunity to play his conga drums in an interesting arrangement by Naohiro Iwai called “Jungle Fantasy.” Wilson also plays his congas in “Encanto” which was just purchased by the band as a special feature for this concert season.

“Encanto” was released by Disney in 2021 and tells the story of a family living in Columbia, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. This collection includes “The Family Madrigal,” “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” and “Surface Pressure.” This Disney medley concludes with “Waiting On A Miracle.”

There is music from several other Disney movies presented in a blockbuster arrangement called “Disney At The Movies.” The band will perform highlights from Disney’s animated musical drama version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Typically, DCB presents several medleys from movies and Broadway. This summer series is no different. Selections this summer include “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Cats,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The Doors on Tour” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Younger members of the audience will enjoy medleys from “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Incredibles” and for the video gamers in the crowd there is music from “Cuphead.”

The final concert is a family-oriented presentation sponsored by the Greensville Optimists on Tuesday, Aug. 1. Rain date is Aug. 8. Arrive by 7 p.m. and “Meet our Instruments.” You will get a chance to see, and hear, up close instruments band members play. Bring crayons and pencils for a family-friendly activity to help you listen for different sounds during the concert.

The band looks forward to the return of faithful audience regulars, but also hopes to see new faces in the crowd for the presentations in the Dundas Driving Park.

Follow the band at www.DundasConcertBand.com

Donations can be made in person, by mail, or by internet e-transfer using the email address info@dundasconcertband.com.

Count-down to Summer Concert Series

It’s almost here! The Dundas Concert Band will once again hold the “Concerts in the Park”, starting Tuesday, July 4th at 7:30pm in the Dundas Driving Park. Bring a lawn chair, and come out to enjoy the music. For more information, go to the ‘Current Season’ tab under Concerts in the main headings. If a concert is cancelled due to weather, an announcement will be made on this website.

The DCB can now accept e-transfers!

New to the Dundas Concert Band, we can now accept e-transfers! No security question is required, as we have auto-deposit. If you would like to make a donation to the band, simply make an internet e-transfer to: info@dundasconcertband.com Be sure to put your name and address in the “Message” box so that we can issue a tax receipt.

Dundas Museum Performance

A brass quintet from the Dundas Concert Band performed at the “Made In Dundas” event at the Dundas Museum on Saturday, May 27th. Below are some pictures and videos of the event. This was a very well attended event, and our quintet sounded great!

May 27, 2023 Dundas Concert Band quintet

More great sounds of the Dundas Concert Band Quintet