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's 70th Anniversary Year is here! Our 2019-220 Season is now under way so mark your calendars with our concert dates.
The Light Fantastic at the Gravenhurst Opera House
The Orillia Silver Band is pleased to perform again this fall at the Gravenhurst Opera House. Our "The Light Fantastic Concert" will take place on Sunday, October 20, 2019, 2:30 pm at the Gravenhurst Opera House. Tickets are $25 Adults, $10 Students/Children and are available from the Opera House Box Office. Click this link to go online at the Gravenhurst Opera House or you can reach them by Telephone at 705-687-5550.
Conducted by Neil Barlow, well known in the region’s music circles, the Silver Band will open the concert with Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s The Light Fantastic, encapsulating the grandeur and spirit of the 2008 Olympic Games whilst also paying homage to the host city of Beijing. The band will be performing John William’s march, Midway, an exciting tune called A Redbridge Raga by Chris Wilcox - which is a mix of modern British pop with Indian folk music elements - and selections from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt.
Also on the program is Steven Verhelst’s beautiful, A Song for Japan, dedicated to the victims and relatives of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The band will also perform Alan Fernie’s arrangement of Italian Love Song and James Curnow’s Appalachian Mountain Folk Song Suite. The band will wrap-up the concert with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with cannons, bells and other special effects so be sure to plan to attend this entertaining afternoon of brass band music!
Hillcrest Lodge Benefit Concert at the Orillia Opera House
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2019 Season News
This year, the Orillia Silver Band is marking its 70th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, the Band is partnering with the Orillia Museum of Art and History and Mariposa Arts Theatre to produce a show, SHINE!-70 Years of Orillia. The show will run on Sunday, March 22 and Saturday, April 4, 2020, at the Opera House so mark your calendar for this future celebration!
2018 Harry Peacock Scholarship Winner
The Orillia Silver Band was formed in 1949 under the direction of Harry Peacock. The Band established the Harry Peacock Scholarship after his passing, recognizing students pursuing post-secondary music education. The 2018 Harry Peacock Scholarship was recently awarded to trombonist Mackenzie Walsh of Coldwater who graduated recently from Orillia Secondary School and is studying music and education at the University of Windsor.
Christmas Time is Here CD
It is never the wrong time of year to enjoy Christmas music so if you didn't already get one, you can still pick one up either in town or at our next concert. Click on our Listen page above to hear some samples. The CD sales help support the organization so your purchases are greatly appreciated.
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 December 16, 2018 "Sleigh Bells and Brass Concert" in Orillia and said in SUNonline/Orillia:
For the last couple years I’ve had only good things to say about the OSB.....what more can I say without boring you.
Well, it was in the Opera House and it’s been years since they played there. There was a good crowd, 350, largest of the Christmas concerts I’ve been to this year....They warmed up with O Canada. I wondered why they always open with the anthem. Considering the next tune and how well they played it, its genius.
Oh boy, the second tune was James Curnow’s Christmas Tryptich, a suite of Christmas tunes everyone knows, but not the way Curnow arranged it, or the way the OSB played it. It would be absolute suicide to begin a concert with this tune without warm up. I thought - if this is how they start, we’re in for a trip.
The rest of the show was fantastic, as usual. I have to say the Russian Christmas Music piece, which has been done here before – and by the Orillia Wind Ensemble too – was the absolute best ever. Last year was great, this year was better. It made me cry. Honestly, the OSB played with such control, majesty and grace, it took me back to when, where and with whom (the girl from Port Huron) I first heard it.
Click on Upcoming Events above for a complete list of our upcoming performances.
We Would Love to See You at a Concert!
Orillia Silver Band Box 352 3-200 Memorial Avenue Orillia, ON L3V 5X6
The Orillia Silver Band is a registered Charitable Organization