June 7, 2016
Saturday, June 11th, the twenty-piece Citizen’s Band will present “From Bach to the Blues Brothers”, a full concert of band favourites spanning three centuries. Like last year, the concert will take place at Brunton Auditorium of Mount Allison University’s Bell Conservatory of Music. The music starts at 7:30, and the band especially encourages young families to join us for all or part of the performance. There is no fee for this event, but a free-will offering will be collected for a charitable cause.
December 18, 2015
On Wed. Dec. 16th, the band played its third annual Christmas concert at the Mount Allison University Chapel. The two-set event began with the fanfare of “And the Mountains Echoed ‘Gloria'” and ended with a band rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. Along the way, the band backed solos by Anne Varner and Bill Costin, while a non-seasonal “Harlem Nocturne” played on Don Short’s alto sax was particular crowd favourite.
This year, the concert’s freewill offering was donated to the Sackville Refugee Response Coalition.
December 6, 2015
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas for the Citizens Band without its annual visit to the Drew Nursing Home. This year, the twenty-piece ensemble’s carol sing-along was spiced up with a brassy rendition of Greensleeves , a solo for horn played by Bill Costin, and Don Short on solo alto sax for ‘Harlem Nocturne’.
Here’s a sample of the Band playing “I’ll be Home For Christmas.”
These, and other number will be performed by an extended Band at the annual Christmas concert at the Mount Allison University Chapel on Wed Dec. 16th at 8pm.
October 31, 2015
The Band will perform its annual Christmas Concert at the Mount Allison Chapel at 8pm on Wed. December 16th. This year’s program includes festive favourites through the centuries as well as compositions that feature the top solo performers among our 20-piece ensemble. The uplifting surroundings of the chapel make this event a pleasure for audience and players, and the Band is pleased that the Mount A. Chaplin, John Perkin, has once again invited it to perform there.
Admission will be by free-will donation, with all proceeds supporting Sackville’s efforts to support Syrian refugees.
The following map indicates the location of the Chapel:
September 21, 2015
On Friday Sept. 18th, the band played to a jumping crowd at the Big Band Dance, a celebration which raised funds for Sackville’s Hospital Auxiliary and was part of the town’s Fall Fair activities. Citizens band played ‘Rock Around the Clock’, ‘Boot Scootin’ Boogie’ and closed with a swing version of ‘Red River Valley’. It alternated sets with Parrsboro’s Elastic Big Band to fill out the three hour event. Perhaps the SCB highlight was ‘Blue Moon’, sung by Sackville’s Janet Crawford with the 20-piece SCB backing.
The Hospital Auxiliary, which was celebrating a 70th anniversary, expressed the hope that this might be an annual event.
August 11, 2015
The Citizens Band plays the new Sackville bandstand Thurs. August 27th at 6:30pm. The bandstand is at Bill Johnstone Memorial Park, 70 Main Street. Admission is free: dancing is encouraged but not required.
August 11, 2015
On July 26th, the Band played in the Parrsoboro Band Day. Due to potential rain, the event was moved to the band hall. Acoustics were great, and each group delivered a fine performance!