Band Awarded “Gold” at Vancouver Kiwanis 2011

On Wednesday, March 2nd the New Westminster and District Concert Band performed at the Vancouver Kiwanis Concert Band Festival for the seventh consecutive year.  The 2011 Festival was held in a new venue – Bethany Baptist Church in Queensborough – and the Band worked hard to adjust to new acoustics and a new seating arrangement dictated by available space.

The Band’s performance list included: “The Ayres of Agincourt”, by Richard Meyer; “Silence Overwhelmed”, a unique and challenging new work by Brian Balmages; and one of John Barnes Chance’s signature compositions, “Variations on a Korean Folk Song”.

Members of the Band are dedicated to continued musical growth and the achievement of performance excellence.  Given this common goal, the Kiwanis experience is invaluable.  Taped adjudication, provided by Wendy Grasdahl, has already proven very helpful as the Band uses the Festival adjudications and clinic as a catalyst for building on the ensemble’s strengths and focusing attention on those elements of performance that require ongoing development.  Wendy also provided a brief clinic following the clinic provided by Dr. Gerald King.  A former member of the New Westminster and District Band, Dr. King stated that he had not heard the Band perform for quite a number of years and that he “was looking forward to the clinic”.  His clinic was packed with practical hints as well as ideas and suggestions that will provide food for thought for many rehearsals to come.  All in all, the Kiwanis Festival, as it always does, provided an important opportunity for us to learn and progress together.

The Band was awarded a “Gold” standard by the adjudicators.

Remembering 2010

Fred Turner remembered in a nice article from the New Westminster News Leader

LOOKING BACK: Popular bandleader Fred Turner dies


Fred Turner, who was the director of the New Westminster and District Concert Band from 1941-1964, looks through an album of old photos as 87 past and present members of the band prepare to rehearse for a special 75th anniversary celebration concert in 2009. The reunion, at Richard McBride Elementary School, attracted more than 170 members from as far away as Australia.
By Michael McQuillan – New Westminster News Leader
Published: December 29, 2010 2:00 PM

Fred Turner forged an almost 50-year musical relationship with the Royal City.

Turner, who died May 7 at the age of 94, left behind a musical legacy.

He formed the Royal City Junior Band in 1941, that served as the Army, Navy and Air Force bands in New West during the Second World War.

Eventually the youth band transformed into the New Westminster and District Concert Band, a name it still carries today.

His contribution earned him an honourary lifetime membership in the B.C. Music Educators’ Association.

Happy New Year!

Our thanks to all the support that has been given to the band society in 2010!  We had a fantastic year and look forward to an even better 2011.

Rehearsals start the week of January 3rd.

A Fantastic Evening of Music

Our thanks go out to all who attended the recent Pops concert on November 15th!  The Senior Concert Band and the Jazz Band played to a full house and a great night was had by all.

We look forward to doing it again in the future.  Please make sure you are on our email list by adding your information in the form on the right.

An Evening of Pops – Nov 15/2010 – Tickets Now Available!

The Senior and Jazz ensembles of the New Westminster & District Band Society are happy to announce that tickets are now available for our Pops concert on the 15th of November.

The program for this concert will first feature the New Westminster and District Jazz Band under the direction of Kelly Proznick.  The Jazz Band is a full twenty piece jazz ensemble specializing in music of the big band era.  Selections will include a variety of pieces made popular by outstanding ensembles such at the Count Basie Band.

Following intermission, the Concert Band will take the stage under the direction of John White.  This ensemble numbers sixty performers who will delight in presenting a variety of well-known selections and medleys that span a several decades of popular music.   Included in the Band’s program are: “Selections from Fiddler on the Roof”, “Birdland” by Manhattan Transfer, “Brazilian Festival”, “Elvis Presley: His Golden Hits”, “Send in the Clowns”, “Big Band Bash”, etc.

Both bands have programmed a concert full of music designed to engage and satisfy every listener.  Join the bands at James Cowan Theatre on Monday, November 15th and be prepared to hum along!

“”An Evening of Pops”

7:30 p.m.
James Cowan Theatre
6450 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby, BC

General Admission:  $10.00

Tickets available at James Cowan Theatre Box Office or Online:


I hope everyone enjoyed the first full week of rehearsals and that you are all looking forward to the new season as much as I am.

Just a couple of reminders:

1. If you haven’t filled out your registration form yet please do so and pay your dues.  Payment in full for the year does get you a 10% discount so keep that in mind.  You can download the form by clicking here:

2. Senior band members have some new resources on the members page so have a look!

A New Season!

Hello all New West band members and friends!

The 2010-2011 season begins next week and we look forward to seeing you all back again.  We also hope to welcome new members of all playing ability into the Beginner, Intermediate and Senior ensembles.

First Rehearsal dates are as follows:

  • Beginner Band (Thursday, September 9 at 6:00 pm)

  • Intermediate Band (Thursday, September 9 at 6:00 pm)

  • Senior Band (Monday, September 13 at 6:30 pm)

  • Jazz Band (Tuesday, September 7:00 pm at New Westminster Secondary School)

If you will be new to the band and need to register, the form can be downloaded here.

NWDB 2010 Registration Form


Fathers Day Thank You

A resounding thank you to everyone who joined us at Queens Park in New Westminster for our annual Fathers Day Concert.

The rain stayed away and an enjoyable afternoon of music was had by all and included a special tribute to Fred Turner in the playing of “Selections from Oliver” and “Colonel Bogey” by current and former members.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

CD Available Soon!

The Senior Ensemble of the New Westminster & District Concert band has recently completed recording of a CD containing repertoire from the recent season.

Information on ordering the CD’s will be posted shortly.