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.
Orillia Silver Band "GOES TO THE BEACH" Sunday, May 12, 2019 2:30 pm - Orillia Opera House (Please Note: ASSIGNED SEATING)
On Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 2:30 pm, bring Mom to see the Orillia Silver Band for a concert that will usher in the summer season! The concert will take place at the Orillia Opera House. Tickets are $25 Adults, $10 Students/Children and are available at the Opera House box office, by phone at 705-326-8011 or online at http://www.orilliaoperahouse.ca. Tickets are ASSIGNED (Reserved) seating so order them online today to get the best seats.
“Featured in the concert will be summer influenced music with everything from the Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations to Handel’s Water Music and from Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s Horizons to the cool jazz classic Girl from Ipanema”, says Conductor Neil Barlow. The first half will include the intriguing Lake of the Moon which is based on Aztec folklore with Oriental and Russian influences. Continuing with the beach theme, the band will play another Beach Boys’ song, the spiritually influenced hit God Only Knows which will highlight the trombone section. The Silver Band will also feature soprano cornetist Sara Hemeon, performing Over the Horizon, inspired by the view of the Amroth Beach near Tenby, Wales.
In the second half of the program the Band will perform Four Scottish Dances in which Malcolm Arnold creates musical images of the sea and mountains in the Hebrides. Also, tuba player Simon Downey will solo in Bass in the Ballroom, a selection consisting of both a tango and a waltz. Completing the second half will be The Seventh Night of July, named for a major Japanese holiday. The piece is based on a musical interpretation of a romantic legend, by composer Itaru Sakai.
Join the Orillia Silver Band to welcome the upcoming season at the beach!
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.
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Orillia Silver Band Box 352 3-200 Memorial Avenue Orillia, ON L3V 5X6
The Orillia Silver Band is a registered Charitable Organization