— Located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada —
Our aim is to provide an exceptionally high standard of musical entertainment and inspiration for all ages.
The Encore Symphonic Concert band enjoys a reputation as one of the finest bands in Ontario. Associated with the Toronto Musician’s Association, we are a dedicated voluntary group of 50-60 active or semi-retired professional musicians.
We all have had decades of experience as club or jazz musicians, symphony orchestra members, or with dance, stage, concert and military bands. We have developed an extensive library of band music including big band swing, film scores, classical favourites, military marches. We also encourage new Canadian compositions and arrangements and regularly include in our performances new pieces composed by our band members and associates.
Whether we are performing at venues such as the CNE, Toronto City Hall, Roy Thompson Hall, or many local churches, schools and seniors’ homes, our aim is to provide an exceptionally high standard of musical entertainment and inspiration for all ages.
We are particularly gratified when we are invited to local schools to combine with young music students in joint performances of their current music program and specially selected music from our Encore library. Many young musicians have been inspired by the excellence of a joint Encore performance to continue development of their musical skills and make great music a part of their life, as it is ours.
A bit of history (from Bob Logan)…. the band started in July 1986, as an organization for retired and semi-retired professional musicians. It originally rehearsed at the Toronto Musicians’ Association building, and did so until the TMA sold its building. Through a chance meeting with Susan Baskin, an elementary school music teacher in Markham, the band was able to rehearse at Bayview Fairways School, in return for holding occasional concerts at the school and mentoring the young musicians. This was quite positive for both groups and the school’s bands did very well at Kiwanis competitions. During this period, the band played at various churches and schools, as fundraisers for these groups.
About 5 years ago, after a change in the school’s administration, the band had to find new quarters. Again, a chance recommendation from Nihal Fonseca (who occasionally, with his wife Caroline, sang light opera with the band) introduced us to the Wilmar Heights Centre. The location was looking for ways to expand its community reach, and thought the Encore Band would be a good way to do this. James Ramesbottom ,the centre’s administrator, was extremely positive about our mission and actively promoted our monthly concerts to the community and local seniors’ organization. Our Christmas program is especially well attended.
Encore Band will be playing with Richard Herriott on Feb 28 for a benefit concert.
Time: Friday Feb 28th at 8 to 10 pm
Location: Wilmar Heights Event Centre, 963 Pharmacy Ave.
Admission is $20 at the door.
Read more about Richard Herriott… How fire destroyed his home.
Words from Richard Herriott:
I’m so moved by this occasion.
We have begun our work on Rhapsody in Blue, and Slaughterhouse on 10th Avenue, and these Musicians are so much fun to play with, and work with.
I’m deeply humbled by the generosity of Spirit here, as well as profoundly honoured by the invitation to play.
This is a really marvelous Concert Band, with such a rich, and full sound.
At our 1st rehearsal, it was absolutely and abundantly clear that we all enjoy each other’s Company in making Music together.
I’m so honoured that they have asked me to play with them, and in a work that is so sacred to me.
In this Concert, I will also play Liszt’s 2nd Legend,
” St. Francois de Paule Marchant sur les Flots”, affectionately known as ” Frankie goes Surfing”.
The Band have an array of Fantastic Music including music from the” Harry Potter” Films, from the pen of John Williams.
Stuff like this is making a huge, and powerful, and positive impact upon my personal rehabilitation.