In preparation of celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary,
Encore Band performed “Canada 150”, a six movements suite composed by Vern Kennedy, our own long time band member.
The start of this project began with a conversation between two of our Encore Band members, Tom Fleming and Vern Kennedy a few months ago. Tom publishes Vern’s music and he suggested that Vern should compose a suite for Canada’s 150 celebration.
They agreed that it should reflect the diversity of Canada and the traditions of the country’s geography. The result is a musical journey across Canada from Atlantic to Pacific which honours all five main regions, and ending with a finale for the entire country.
The six movements are titled:
1. Down East Reel
2. Joie De Valse
3. Highways and Waterways
4. Prairie Dog Polka
5. Mountain Majesty
6. My Canada, My Love (concert band version with optional choir accompaniment)
composed and arranged by Vern Kennedy
Encore Band was also featuring some of the most talented Canadian composers and their songs, including Johnny Cowell, Jim Duff, and Oscar Peterson.
written and arranged by Johnny Cowell
arranged by Ed Graf
featuring the Encore clarinet section
Newfoundland Folk Song
arranged by Jim Duff
altosax soloist – Jonno Lightstone
Place St. Henri
music by Oscar Peterson
arranged by Robert O’Brien
music by Matty Malneck and lyrics by Johnny Mercer
arranged by Ed Graf and Danny Wilks
vocalist – Al Farrell