Citizens band recruiting

Andrew Wagstaff
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PARRSBORO Its never too late to come back to music, and its never too late to start.

PARRSBORO Its never too late to come back to music, and its never too late to start.

That is the message from the historic Parrsboro Citizens Band, which continues to reach out to new membership after experiencing encouraging growth in the past year.

Things are growing a bit more with the band this year, which is a good sign, said Parrsboro Citizens Band Association president Michael Fuller. But its always great to welcome people back, or anyone from away who just moved here and has music in their background.

But experience is not required for someone who wishes to become involved with the band. Last winter the organization began a class for new players, and picked up about 10 aspiring musicians that continue to develop nicely, according to Fuller.

The band also visited Parrsboro Regional High School for a demonstration last year, in hopes of attracting some of the local youth to the fold. Several students showed an interest, and at least two remain involved. Fuller said they hope to go back to the school again this year for a similar event.

Meanwhile, the performing band is back at it again after a busy summer that included the Sunday evening concerts at the bandstand and performances at such events as the Canada Day festivities at Ottawa House museum. Regular Tuesday night rehearsals began earlier this month, and new members this year include a violinist and another trumpet player.

Wed just like to let people now that we are on the go again, he said. Anyone with any experience playing an instrument that knows how to read music and wants to get back into the swing of things and maybe enjoy music again in their life in up close and personal fashion should feel free to drop by on Tuesday and talk to me or Don Short, our director of music.

If there is enough interest, classes for new musicians will also be offered again this year, according to Fuller, who said they would like to get a new class started by the third week of October. Those interested can contact him at 254-2972 or call Morris Canning at 254-3691.

The class we have has been together for nine months now and is coming along really beautifully, he said. So if we get enough people for a new class, we can carry it on as a secondary class and hopefully have them join the other class within 4 to5 months.

Band members like Chuck Homewood, Dr. David Howe, Fuller and Mitch Clarke have shared instructional responsibility, which has been a good experience for them as well as the participating learners, according to Fuller.

Were moving along and its good to see that energy there, he said. There is lots of talent around to share and help people learn.

The history of the Parrsboro Citizens Band predates the incorporation of the town itself, and some believe it may be one of the oldest town bands in the country.

Historic papers have shown evidence of a town band dating as far back as 1877.

Organizations: Parrsboro Citizens Band Association, Parrsboro Regional High School, Ottawa House

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