“The Intercontinental”: June 6 at Bandstand

July 2, 2019

At 1pm on Saturday, the 6th of July, The Sackville Citizen’s Band performs at the Bill Johnstone Memorial Park Bandstand. In a concert celebrating the 150th of the Transcontinental railway to the Tantramar region, the band will be playing a selection of works which show the profound influence this railway had on Canadian life. hile some seating is available, feel free to bring your own chair or picnic blanket. Light snacks will be available at the venue free of charge. Please come out and enjoy this very special program, presented by some of the region’s finest musicians.

This map will guide you to the bandstand:



Spring Concert, Sunday June 2nd

May 29, 2019

This Sunday June 2 at 7:30pm the Sackville Citizens’ Band holds its Spring Concert “Fantasy and Fiction”. Entrance by freewill gift at Brunton Hall, Mount Allison Music Building.

This year’s program offers an eclectic mix of classical music, swing, jazz, rock, pop and TV/movie themes. The concert begins with a challenging rendition of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances. Later, the band tackles Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. To round out the “classical” numbers, Sackville’s own Paula Stewart and Anne Varner give beautiful life to Jules Massenet’s Meditation from Thais on their flutes.

From the “swing” department the band plays a medley of the greatest Glen Miller tunes as well as a salute to Ray Charles and his greatest hits. Jazz numbers include the now famous Spain by Chick Corea and Harlem Nocturne. Director Paul Jensen puts down his baton and picks up his alto sax to solo in this smokey evocative number. Listeners may recall that it was used as the theme from the Mike Hammer detective series in the late 50’s and 60’s.

Offering homage to the more modern and pop tunes in the culture, the band delves into the bluegrass tunes from the George Clooney movie O Brother Where Art Thou. Even more recent fare is heard as the band plays “Despacito.” The band ends the show with an excellent rendition of some of the key themes from the HBO blockbuster Game of Thrones.

Annual Christmas Concert Dec 19th

December 10, 2018

IMG_20181210_084000637Take a break from the Christmas bustle and enjoy the twenty-piece Sackville Citizens Band as it presents “All I Want For Christmas Is … Music!”, seasonal favourites from Bach to Rock (plus some musical suprises!) in the inspiring setting of the Mt. A. Chapel.

This is a children-friendly locale and performance: bring the whole family and introduce the very young to the magic of live acoustic music.

Wed. Dec. 19th at 7:30pm. Admission by donation.


Job Posting for Sackville Citizens Band

July 22, 2018

The Sackville Citizens Band, under the guidance of Live Bait Theatre, seeks student assistance for approximately four weeks of work to prepare a special 2019 program revolving around the 150th anniversary of Intercontinental Rail to the Tantramar region. This is funded by the federal Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program.

The successful applicant will be responsible for supporting the Citizens Band as it develops this program. He or she will, among other things: research the history of rail’s impact on the musical life of Tantramar; collect related news clippings and photos; consult with the Band Director to help determine musical selections pertinent to the program; rearrange or modify scores to suit the instrumentation of the band; investigate upgrades to the band’s formal dress; produce recruitment posters for the band; and improve the band’s social media profile.

Candidates must be local to the Tantramar region, have an understanding of Canadian history and ideally would have experience with performing community band repertoire.

Applications in the form of a CV and covering letter should be sent to sackvillecitizensband@gmail.com. Applications will begin to be reviewed on Sunday July 29th.

Canada150 Wrap

July 3, 2017

Despite the drizzle, Sackville enjoyed a fine Canada150 celebration, with speeches from our mayor and Jerome Bear, the mayor of Dorchester, who drummed in the local air cadets.

Sackville’s Band played ‘O Canada’, ‘The Maple Leaf Forever’ and ‘This Land is Your Land’ as well as up-tempo crowd favourites. We like to think it was our Beach Boys medley that kept the rain away for a couple of hours!


Canada150 Concert!

June 29, 2017

Come and hear a live band play the music of the past 150 years!

As part of Sackville’s Canada150 celebrations, the town’s Citizens Band will play a full concert starting at Noon at the Bandstand in the Bill Johnstone Memorial Park, on Main St. across from the Independent Grocery store.

Will there be patriotic songs? Yes! Will there be brass solos? Most certainly!

Performance at ‘Gables Lodge’, Amherst NS

June 12, 2017

On the evening of Wednesday June 14th, the band will play for the residents of Gables Lodge in Amherst Nova Scotia.