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.
The Orillia Silver Band celebrates the sounds of Christmas with its annual Sleigh Bells & Brass Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2:00 pm at the Orillia Opera House. Named a “Can’t Miss Event” by Orillia Today, the concert program will feature both new and traditional music of the season, with ample opportunity to sing your favourite carols.
Neil Barlow, Music Director and Conductor, notes that, among the pieces to be performed during the Christmas concert this year are Alfred Reed’s beautiful Russian Christmas Music, a real showcase for festive percussion. The Band will also present the wonderful Derek Ashmore arrangement of Jingle Bells, and the majestic and exciting Christmas Triptych by James Curnow.
The entertaining Santa Claus-Trophobia by Sandy Smith will feature all of your favourite Santa tunes. The Band will offer a beautiful treatment of the ancient English carol The Holly and The Ivy by Doug Court; and a perennial holiday favourite - Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival.
And if that’s not enough, the Band will be selling a new Christmas CD at the concert. Christmas Time is Here with the Orillia Silver Band was recorded last March at St. James’ Anglican Church in Orillia. The CD features both new and classic Christmas works that have proved popular at the Band's Christmas events.
The title track, from "A Charlie Brown Christmas", was written by the great American jazz pianist, Vince Guaraldi. For fans of traditional holiday carols, An English Christmas by Philip Sparke and A Christmas Fantasy by Gordon Langford will appeal. The modern Christmas classic O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen is included on the album. And a towering classic for brass band at Christmas, The Kingdom Triumphant by Eric Ball, is included on the CD as well. CD highlights can be found on the "Listen" page.
The CD will be on sale for $15.00 each, or the Concert Special of 2 CDs for $25.00. So plan to do a little Christmas shopping; it will make a great stocking stuffer for music lovers.
The Christmas holiday season kicked off with the Band’s Ensemble playing a three-night event in early November at the Bradford Greenhouse Barrie Christmas Soirée. The Band Ensemble entertained over 1,000 people each night attending the Greenhouse’s Christmas Soirée Festival.
The Band then participated in five Santa Claus parades around the region: Bala, Orillia, Wasaga Beach, Huntsville and Coldwater. These parades are great fun, entertaining large crowds along the route.
Finally, the Band will be ringing the bells for the Salvation Army Christmas Kettles at two locations in Orillia and offer some carol-singing at Birchmere Retirement Residence.
Check out our Upcoming Events page for details on all of our performances.
What people are saying about us....
Entertainment writer John Swartz was at our October 13, 2018 concert in Orillia and said:
Saturday night, the Orillia Silver Band pulled off another great concert. For three years now they have done the jazz festival and played mostly jazz standards like Pennsylvania 6-5000, American Patrol, a Henry Mancini medley and Tico Tico. They opened in stunning fashion with one of the best renditions of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Procession of the Nobles. I’ve only ever heard it done as well once before. It was just brilliant and sparkly, and majestic. It occurred to me near the end of the concert part of what makes the OSB seem so good are the arrangements they find to play.
They also premiered their version of Vince Guaraldi’s Christmas Time Is Here from the Charlie Brown Christmas special. It is a jazz piece (they also did the Linus and Lucy Theme) which can be found on their brand new Christmas CD of the same name. I saw lots of the CDs being snapped up.
Here are some other recent comments about the Band and Muskoka resident and Conductor Neil Barlow from John Swartz, in reference to the Orillia and District Arts Council Awards:
I would not be surprised if someone nominated the Orillia Silver Band for an Arts Achievement Award, and disappointed if it weren’t. The OSB is to my mind the top performing group in Orillia. They weren’t always that way. Since acquiring Neil Barlow as their conductor, they have steadily increased the quality of their performance, and with the release last year of their first CD and then this year’s Christmas Time Is Here album, they documented just how good they are. Their audience has been growing with each concert (last Saturday night’s Jazz Festival concert had 300 people on hand at St. Paul’s Centre).
While everyone else is working hard at presenting quality performances, I don’t think anyone has reached the level of excellence the OSB has. One could argue, Neil Barlow should get the nomination since it’s his direction which lifted the OSB and he has been involved with several other performances in town. I’d be happy either way.
Dave Dawson of Orillia Matters (July 8, 2018) writes:
Orillia Silver Band Dazzles at Orillia's Aqua Theatre. The Band performed lively and thought-provoking big band classics in addition to a beautiful score (A Life Well Lived) commissioned for the Band.
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