“London Police Boys Band gave me my first instrument at the age of 8 and taught me how to play it.”
— Words from Tom Fleming —
Following the passing of our long time President Tom Robins, the “Encore Symphonic Concert Band” has elected Tom Fleming of the French horn section to try to fill the sizeable whole left in the band’s operations by his absence.
Tom has been playing French horn since the age of eight, when he joined the “London Police Boys Band”, a group formed by the London Police Dept. to help keep young boys off the street and out of trouble. The band gave Tom his first instrument and taught him how to play it and that began a lifelong love affair with music that saw him playing professionally for the first time at the age of ten in the “London Civic Symphony Orchestra”. Tom has been a card carrying musician’s union member for the 66 years that have passed since then.
Though Tom enjoyed a long and rewarding career in the advertising business, he always maintained his avocation in music playing in orchestras, bands, recording studios and musical show orchestra pits in numerous cities in Canada. He still remains active as a player playing regularly in 2 Orchestras, The Encore Band and a Double wind quintet. He also plays in the pit for the occasional Broadway type musical when retained by theater groups to do so.
Tom is honoured to have been entrusted with this post by his colleagues and pledges to endeavour to fulfill his responsibilities to the band with the same degree of dedication and equanimity so aptly achieved by his predecessor.