Welcome to the home of the Orillia Silver Band. We are a community band in the traditional British Brass Band style who perform diverse concerts across the region ranging from the Orillia Jazz Festival to fundraising events to the Mariposa Folk Festival.
Welcome to our 2023-24 Concert Season!
The Orillia Silver Band presents our annual Chirstmas Concerts
Sleigh Bells and Brass
Neil Barlow, Conductor
Join The Orillia Silver Band on Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 pm at the Stockey Centre in Parry Sound or on Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 pm at the Orillia Opera House for our annual Christmas Concerts.
The “Sleigh Bells and Brass” concert will include many of your favourites and is sure to delight our audiences. Our Music Director, Neil Barlow has included some of the pieces on our Christmas Time is Here CD. You will hear the exciting Overture, Proclamation of Christmas by Stephen Bulla, and Eric Ball's magnificent piece, The Kingdom Triumphant. We will also play the lovely music from the short film The Snowman, written by Howard Blake and arranged by Philip Sparke, a Christmas classical "mash-up" called A Baroque Triptych, and some popular music you may remember such as Mele Kalilimaka arranged by James Curnow.
No OSB Christmas Concert would be complete without a sing-along segement too and we are once again doing what the band members like to call "Neil's Christmas Jukebox", and, of course, we had to include Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride.
It will be an afternoon that you are sure to enjoy so please join us at one of our concerts this holiday season!
Parry Sound, ON P2A 1S3
Join The Orillia Silver Band on Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 pm at the Stockey Centre in Parry Sound for our annual Christmas Concert. The “Sleigh Bells and Brass” concert will include many of your favourites and is sure to delight our audiences. Our Music Director, Neil Barlow has included […]Find out more »
Orillia, ON L3V 3A6
Join The Orillia Silver Band on Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 pm at the Orillia Opera House for our annual Christmas Concert. The “Sleigh Bells and Brass” concert will include many of your favourites and is sure to delight our audiences. Our Music Director, Neil Barlow has included some of […]Find out more »
Check out our Events page for details on all of our upcoming performances.
The OSB has recorded several CDs and videos for your enjoyment. You can hear our commissioned works that include Mariposa Sketches, A Life Well-Lived and the Railroad Trilogy on our 3 CDs (Mariposa Sketches, Christmas Time is Here, and Couchiching Classics). You can also follow us on our YouTube Channel (and Facebook too!!) where you can see A Life Well-Lived by Ty Watson and numerous videos recorded "at home" during the pandemic. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of a CD, just send us a note an we will give you the details.
Click here to listen to some samples.
What people are saying about us....
Entertainment writer John Swartz was at our May 28th "Serenade in Brass" concert in Orillia and said in SUNonline/Orillia (10 June 2023):
"This time my seat was not in the usual part of Gord’s Room I like to be, but in the third row. I’d sit up front all the time if I could. The change in perspective allowed me to zero in on sections of the ensemble and I have to say, even though I’ve often said the group plays extremely well, my angle of listening and view put the lower brass and middle voices in the line of fire and holy cow are they ever good. I think the best example of their exceptional playing was in a transcription for band of Beethoven’s Adagio from Sonata No. 8 (Pathetique). Getting the right tone from a section and playing with the sensitivity demanded of the work is not easy to do. It only takes one player to mess it up. The whole program was good. Each tune had elements most of the audience would be familiar with. I especially liked they put Robert Redhead’s arrangement of Gord’s Canadian Railroad Trilogy in the mix. I understand it was added for obvious reasons, which meant they didn’t have a ton of time to rehearse it. Robert was in the audience too. The band has a concert in Huntsville at the Algonquin Theatre July 15 and 16. They’ll be performing with Kyung-A Lee who has been the accompanist for the Cellar Singers. She’ll be playing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the band’s arrangement by Neil Barlow. You can get tickets for that online. Otherwise we’ll have to wait until the fall to hear the band again."
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