Fine musicianship and sunny weather
combined to create a
festive atmosphere and ensure the success of the 6th Annual
Bandfest held in Memorial Park, Ladner, on the June 12-13 weekend.
Following its well established format
of alternating between
a mobile stage and a fixed gazebo, twenty bands played non-stop music
throughout the two days to enthusiastic and responsive crowds.
Band, under the able direction of Shannon
Goldsmith, came in from the Valley in fine style to start the show,
Frank Ludwig’s exciting Vancouver Concert Band. The
regaled the crowd with its special blend of European-style selections,
off with two duets played on genuine alp horns.
We were once again treated to an
by the North Cascades Concert Band
under the baton of Lylburn Layer, who
traveled in from Washington State to entertain the enthusiastic crowd. Lynn Valley
Black Bear Band came over
from the North Shore, to share their particular brand of music, ably
For a unique change of pace, A Little Night Music Orchestra,
led by Peter Stigings, presented a fine selection of light orchestral
an appreciative audience. In
contrast, Ed Dumas conducted the Maple
Band, which is recognized
not only for its particular blend of music, but also for the benevolent
they do in their community.
Eugene Chang did a really fine job of
substituting for a
sick Gord Hembruff, and took the Port
Moody Community Band through its paces.
The day closed on an enthusiastic
note with a fine performance by the nattily-clad West Vancouver Adult Community
Band led by Tak Maeda.
One of the Bandfest’s keenest
supporters was in attendance
once again from start to finish in the person of 100-years-young, Edgar
Dunning. A keen supporter of
amateur bands, Mr. Dunning has attended each Bandfest since its
years ago; was a founding member of the Delta Concert Band; publisher
Delta Optimist and an inspiration to all who attend this unique event.
The second day
got underway in a ship-shape and military
fashion as the Vancouver Naval
Veterans’ Band launched into a medley of
nautical and martial compositions steered unerringly by conductor Lucas
da Silva. In stark contrast, the New Westminster and
District Concert Band strutted their stuff under the
watchful eye of John White.
Dave Fullerton brought along the South Fraser Community Band
and provided an enthusiastic audience with a taste of their popular
music. Always upbeat and enthusiastic,
Guy put the North Vancouver Community
Band through its paces, followed by
hearty Dan Hearty’s very entertaining Metropolitan
band Delta Music Makers, under
the baton of Curt
Jantzen and assistant music director Margaret Behenna, brought the
of the afternoon’s performances to a natural highlight, when renowned
bandleader Dal Richards was
invited to conduct the band in Alfred Reed’s
“Silver Shadow” concert march.
The organizers were pleased to welcome
independent MLA for Delta South, who spoke enthusiastically about the
Bandfest’s achievements and contribution to the community.
After thanking Ms. Huntington, Curt
explained that Delta Mayor Lois Jackson, a keen supporter of the
her regrets that she was unable to attend.
Representatives from each band were
then presented with gift
certificates kindly donated by Long and McQuade Musical Instruments and
Matterhorn Music Inc.
Band, under the capable direction of
Jim Littleford, opened up the second half with their unique blend of
charts. They were followed by the Nanaimo Concert Band,
making their second appearance at the Bandfest, and
presenting a beautifully well-polished performance under the direction
Outstanding in their red jackets, Earl
Hobson led the Royal
City Concert Band through a medley of tunes followed by Bob
Mullett’s talented Richmond
Last, but certainly by no means least,
Jim Tempest and the Delta Concert Band
put the icing on the cake as they brought the 2010 Ladner
Bandfest to a successful and much-enjoyed conclusion.
The ongoing success of the Ladner
Bandfest, brain-child of
Curt Jantzen, can be contributed in no small part to the enthusiastic
involvement of its volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year
sure the two-day event runs smoothly.
The organizers are also grateful for
the financial support
of local merchants and services, as well as the voluntary financial
contributions donated by the audiences, ensuring the ongoing success of
Report by Brian A. Ellis, Bass
Music Makers Community Band Society