The Second Wind Community Concert Band celebrates the Summer Solstice this week with a concert on Wednesday, at the Cape Breton University Boardmore Playhouse. This concert, marking the end of the community band’s 23rd season, coincides with the first day of Summer, and offers a delightful way to celebrate the longest day of the year.
The concert, hosted by CBC Radio One’s Steve Sutherland and Nic Meloney, will celebrate Canada’s 150 by playing charts by Canadian composers and remembering the importance Canada and Cape Breton was in the battle of Vimy Ridge and the celebrations to commemorate the 100 years since that battle.
Second Wind will be welcoming back special guests—singer Linda Muise and photographer, Joe Sampson—and the whole band is excited to have someone new to their stage, well-known piper, and recently published author of As Ever, John Grant. Of course, the concert wouldn’t be complete without featuring the Second Wind Saxes. Come early and you’ll be entertained while you wait for the concert to start by this wonderful Saxophone group.
In addition to enjoying an evening of orchestral favourites, you will be helping to support a very important organization in the community. Proceeds from ticket sales and donations will go to support the work done by the Music Therapy Program for the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County.
The Second Wind Community Band was started in September 1993 by Laura Mercer, who still serves as one of the band directors. Of the 45 people who showed up for that first session, most could not read music and had never played a musical instrument before. But they were keen and Laura was patient. Today the band has over forty members and have added a second Conductor, Sean McLennon. They meet weekly from the fall through to the spring and perform a varied schedule of concerts and event each season.
Tickets for this concert, Wednesday, June 21st, 7:30pm at the CBU Boardmore Playhouse, are $15 for adults and $2 for kids and are available at the CB Curiosity Shop, Mercer’s Service Center on the Esplanade or from any band member or at the Hospice Palliative Care Office. There will be a reception following the show and it will still be light out for the drive home.