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Christmas Concerts 2018

Our Christmas concerts put smiles on many faces and warmed their hearts.
Thank you for your support! We had a full house of happy folks!

Dec 6, 2018, Encore Band Monthly Concert



Dec 8, 2018, Encore Band Annual Christmas Concert

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Our audience is a very important part of our concerts

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…And a Big Thank You to our Christmas setup team…
with Santa
Mike..Lyn..Ted..Fe..Sharon.. Jamie
A great team effort for a successful concert…
2018 Christmas set up team


Date: Thursday Dec 6, 2018
Location: Wilmar Heights Event Centre, 963 Pharmacy Ave, Scarborough, Ont.


’Twas the Night Before Christmas
poem by Clement Clarke Moore
music by Newell H. Long
narrator – Len Graf


Christmas Time is Here
arrangement by Danny Wilks


God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
arrangement by Danny Wilks


Christmas Waltz for Flute
music and arrangement Ed Graf
flute soloist – Len Graf


O Holy Night
“Minuit, chrétiens” a poem by Placide Cappeau
music by Adolphe Adam
arranged by Ed Graf
vocalist – Sophia Kanavas


A Christmas Festival
music by Leroy Anderson

Al Talks

If you have been a regular Encore Band Concert attender, you probably have heard Al sing.
Al was born in 1937 in Montreal. His original name is Sam Fitleberg. But he would rather be called “Al Farrell”. Al likes to sing popular songs of the 70s, 80s, 90s, such as “My Way”, “New York, New York”, “Walking My Baby”. He captures the attention of his audiences with his warm gestures, and makes you feel that you are part of the family.
Here is a video of Al, talking about his music life, and his personal life, and how he faces adversities in Life.

If you want to hear more recordings of Al,
here is a Youtube playlist with his songs.
Al’s hand-written sketch of his life-time milestones:
Al Page 1
Al page2

More on Al… Here is a link to a short video made by CBC program “Hello Goodbye” in Jan 2018.
The title of the 5 minutes video is “All You Need is Love — Al”

Date: Thursday Nov 1, 2018
Location: Wilmar Heights Event Centre, 963 Pharmacy Ave, Scarborough, Ont.


Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
music by Michael Kamen
arrangement by Paul Lavender


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
music by Hans Zimmer
arrangement by Jay Bocook


New York, New York
music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb
arrangement by Ed Graf
vocalist – Al Farrell


I’m Confessin’
music by Doc Daugherty and Ellis Reynolds
lyrics by Al Neiburg
arrangement by Ed Graf
trombone soloist – Mike Lawson


Swinging Shepherd Blues
music by Moe Koffman
arrangement by Ed Graf
flute soloist – Len Graf


Harlem Nocturne
music and arrangement by Earle Hagen
alto sax soloist – Jonno Lightstone

Date: Thursday Oct 4, 2018
Location: Wilmar Heights Event Centre, 963 Pharmacy Ave, Scarborough, Ont.


County Fair
music and arrangement by Ed Graf


Still Holding Hands
music and arrangement by Vern Kennedy


Who’s Sorry Now
music by Ted Snyder and lyrics by Bert Kalmar
arrangement by M. Rooney
clarinet soloist – Peter Randell


My One and Only Love
music by Guy Wood and lyrics by Robert Mellin
arrangement by Ed Graf
alto sax soloist – Jonno Lightstone


Goody Goody
music by Matty Malneck and lyrics by Johnny Mercer
arrangement by Ed Graf and Danny Wilks
vocalist – Al Farrell


L’histoire D’amour
arrangement by Ed Graf and Danny Wilks
trumpet soloist – John E. Liddle


medley arranged by Warren Barker