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Band hosts annual concert

 Members of the Nanaimo Concert Band take the stage at the Port Theatre Sunday (Nov. 4) for their annual fall concert. The band, which played Empire Days celebrations and Remembrance Day ceremonies, is the longest standing concert band in the province. -  Photo contributed
Members of the Nanaimo Concert Band take the stage at the Port Theatre Sunday (Nov. 4) for their annual fall concert. The band, which played Empire Days celebrations and Remembrance Day ceremonies, is the longest standing concert band in the province.
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Guest musical director John Forbes, a retired captain, will lead the Nanaimo Concert Band through a challenging program of classics, marches and Broadway melodies during the annual fall concert.

The Nanaimo Concert Band was established in 1872 and is the oldest continuously operating community concert band in B.C.

More than 55 musicians donate their time for rehearsals and performances, plus administration and fundraising.

The band presents public concerts during the year, including free outdoor concerts in the summer and a charity concert at Christmas. The band participates in the annual Nanaimo Empire Days celebrations, played for openings of major public buildings, royal visits, Bathtub celebrations and other community events. Since the First World War, the band played Remembrance Day ceremonies in Nanaimo.

The concert is set for Sunday (Nov. 4) at the Port Theatre at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Please call 754-8550.

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