The weather has hinted that fall is around the corner just as we start our Fall 2018 session next week. You will be receiving a note very soon from your band leader, if you have not already received one.
We have so much to celebrate in our 10th year! With 5 concert bands, 3 jazz bands, and a theory workshop for our intermediate musicians, we have more to offer than ever. Close to 200 of our members are returning musicians and many new friends are joining in the fun of music-making. We have a dynamic team of band leaders and clinicians who will lead the music-making and learning. New this fall is a concert band on Wednesday evenings, Riverside Rondos, led by Laurel Ralston. We welcome Laurel, Laurie Hamilton and Rocco Romeo as new band leaders who bring a wealth of experience to ONHB. And of course, we’re delighted that Felicia Persaud, Adrian Cosstick, Sheila White and JF Fauteux will be returning this year.
The Theory Workshop is now full. If you missed this opportunity, we may be able to offer a repeat of this course in the future, knowing that there is interest.
The 10th anniversary year has featured many highlights. To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we shared music, special refreshments and cake at our Spring 10th Anniversary Concert on April 15th, 2018. What a memorable event! A group photo of all our ONHB musicians was taken as a wonderful souvenir. This photo and others can be viewed in our website gallery. Other concerts in the community took place throughout April, May and June, including a fund-raiser dance for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a concert at Woodroffe United Church, and concerts at several local seniors’ residences, a public school, and local park bandstands.
Although ONHB musicians have enjoyed many annual road trips to SUNY in Potsdam, New York, this year was our first international trip by air. On June 18, 35 ONHB musicians representing all bands, along with 9 spouses who are loyal fans and roadies, departed for Dublin, Ireland for a 13-day tour which included four concerts in Belfast, Ballinasloe, Killarney and Dublin. Three of these concerts were presented jointly with local bands, and ONHB were treated royally as featured guests. Money was raised at some of these events towards local charities for child and youth, and friendships were formed with local musicians. Great fun was had by all on this amazing musical journey organized by Steve Snell and Cathy Wilcox, with Ellison Travels.
In this very successful first year as a non-profit organization, we thank our hard-working volunteer board members, Steve Snell (Chair), Dave Chaplin (Vice Chair), Brian Carr (Secretary), Leslie Scott (Treasurer), and Cathy Wilcox (Band Leader Rep). These people meet on a monthly basis as they make plans for current and upcoming sessions as well as next steps for the Ottawa New Horizons Band. The ONHB 2nd Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday, October 28 at 2 pm at Woodroffe United Church, so mark your calendars. Special thanks is due to Jody Gomber, our volunteer official communications officer, for keeping us up-to-date through our wonderful website, which includes (among other things) a calendar of events and serves to keep band leaders and musicians in touch through weekly band notes.
We can be very proud of our ONHB community! (Editor’s note: We can also be very proud of our own Cathy Wilcox. Cathy has been selected to receive the Mayor’s City Builder Award. This award recognizes an individual, group or organization that has, through their outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. I know you all join me in congratulating Cathy on a well-deserved award. Her creation of ONHB and her continuing leadership and dedication to its success has made a difference in so many of our lives.)
The ONHB Team