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!
Help Support Women in Our Community with the Orillia Silver Band and the Orillia Vocal Ensemble!
Safety and Shelter Concert
Neil Barlow, Blair Bailey, Conductors
The Orillia Silver Band is teaming up with the Orillia Vocal Ensemble to present a fundraiser concert in support of the Green Haven Shelter for Women.
Our Safety and Shelter Concert takes place on Sunday, March 24, 2024, 2:00 pm at the St. Paul’s Centre in Orillia. Concert tickets are available from the Orillia Silver Band website www.orilliasilverband.com and at the door. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Green Haven Shelter for Women in Orillia.
The Green Haven Shelter for Women offers a much-needed service to the community by providing safety, shelter, and meaningful alternatives for individuals who experience gender-based violence. The organization works to create a foundation for change and opportunities for the future for such individuals. See more at https://greenhavenshelter.com/
The concert is a life-affirming collection of instrumental and vocal music offered by the Orillia Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Blair Bailey and the Orillia Silver Band led by Neil Barlow.
On the program, the choir will perform a beautiful collection of Three Afro-American Spirituals – including “Good News”, “Steal Away” and “Rise and Shine”.
Selections by the band include a classic march, The Old Seventeenth by E.A.Y. Jones, as well as one of our very own commissioned works, Mariposa Sketches – inspired by the stories of Orillia’s own Stephen Leacock - from the pen of Canadian composer Len Ballantine. We will feature our Tenor Horn soloist, Rita Arendz on the hauntingly beautiful folk song The Lark in the Clear Air, arranged by Gordon Langford.
Also included on the program is a gorgeous setting of Eric Whitacre's October arranged by Philip Sparke, and the fiery and exciting Glorifico Aeternum by Dean Jones.
The choir and band will combine forces for Oscar Peterson's Hymn to Freedom, the lovely Song for the Mira, and a selection of tunes from Lloyd-Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!
Please don’t miss this entertaining afternoon in support of women in our community!
Click HERE to buy tickets (ticketing service by Zeffy)
Tickets available here beginning Friday, February 16. $25 Adults, $20 Seniors, $15 Students
Join The Orillia Silver Band on Sunday, March 24 at 2:00 pm at the St. Paul's Centre in Orillia for a benefit Concert with the Orillia Vocal Ensemble in support of Green Haven Shelter for Women. The concert will include some great selections by the band and choir as well as some piece with us sharing the stage. The band will play […]
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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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