The Caledon Concert Band began with an advertisement placed in the Caledon Citizen newspaper in 1974 calling together area musicians for a rehearsal at Ellwood Public School. We started with a couple of violin players, a guitar, a handful of brass instrument players and a bass drum, salvaged from the ashes of the Bolton Arena that had burned down in the early 1970's. That bass drum and the late Jimmy (James) Maw, our first conductor, were a legacy from the Bolton Citizens Band which had disbanded with the start of WWII when many players left to serve in military bands. We still use that very drum in performance.
Over the years, rehearsals were held at the Ellwood Public School, Christ Anglican Church, Bolton United Church, Macville Public School, James Bolton Public School, Morningstar Secondary School, Brampton Centennial and the Masonic Hall in Bolton. Since 2003, the band has chosen Caledon East Community Centre as central location for rehearsals and concerts.
Now registered as a charitable organization, we use the funds raised at our events to support the scholarship programme for graduating students pursuing post-secondary music education, and to support local music education programmes including the music programme at James Bolton Public School.
Known for instructing and inspiring players to perform beyond their usual level of technical ability, it has often been said that "Rob gets 110%" out of any group he conducts. To each rehearsal, Rob brings the benefits of a diverse musical background and a talent for helping players to visualize and communicate the composer's intent. His commitment to integrating players of differing levels of expertise provides an opportunity for mentoring relationships to develop between generations and diverse backgrounds.
While earning a Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Ontario, Rob performed in the University Jazz Band and the Mustang Marching Band. After completing his Bachelor of Education, Rob began his 38 year career as a high school music teacher. Rob also holds an Honours Specialist in Music from the University of Toronto and a B.M.A. from Windsor University. He studied Concert Band and Symphony conducting with James Tambourini and Choral conducting with Richard Householder. Rob also performed in operas and sang professionally with the Windsor Classic Chorale and the Michigan Opera Theatre for four years.
In 2014, Rob celebrated his 30th year as the Conductor of the Caledon Concert Band. He has also conducted several community vocal jazz ensembles, male choirs and mixed choirs, acted as musical director for community theatrical productions and directed Christian choral camps for over 25 years. Rob has also served the music community as an adjudicator for music festivals and the Canadian National Exhibition Rising Star Competition.
OUR CONDUCTOR ROB KINNEAR
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Caledon Concert Band Association is governed by a Board of Directors who are elected each year at the Annual General Meeting, to guide the association's programs for a one-year term. Board members are also required to act as Executive Officers and take on a number of roles, supported and assisted by many volunteers from within the organization's membership.
The Officers of the Association are:
President and Chairman
The projects and operations of the association are managed by the Operating Committee Chairs:
Personnel and Membership
Brittany McMullan Lettau
Music Education and Direction:
Other Volunteer Positions:
Social Media Management & Content Production
The Caledon Concert Band Association welcomes new members to join us at any rehearsal, year round. We practice at The Caledon East Community Complex every Wednesday night from 7:00 to 9:30 pm with a short break mid-rehearsal to recharge and socialize. Please arrive a few minutes beforehand and our band members will make you feel welcome and help you fit right in. Adult and youth members of all levels of experience are invited to attend our practice. Novice players are mentored by more seasoned muscians and together we create an experience that is exciting and rewarding for all. As a truly inter-generational ensemble with an eclectic repertoire, the Caledon Band performs music that is fun, challenging, intriguing, powerful and moving.
Our diverse and dedicated membership comes from Caledon, Palgrave, Bolton, Orangeville, Aurora, Brampton, Toronto, Scarborough, Guelph, Fergus, Kitchener and even London! Come out to a rehearsal and find out for yourself what makes it worth the drive.
We are a traditional concert band offering playing opportunities for the following instruments:
Flute and Piccolo
Bb, Eb, Alto and Bass Clarinets
English Horn, Oboe and Bassoon
Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones
Bb Trumpet, Cornet, Piccolo Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Tenor and Bass Trombone
Baritone / Euphonium
Tuba and String Bass
Percussion, Bells, Chimes, Synthesizer, Snare Drum, Tympani, Bass Drum and Drum Kit
REHEARSALS & MEMBERSHIP
We welcome students and others who do not play an instrument to participate as volunteers in the organization of our many events.
There is an annual membership fee but come out and give us a try first to see if you like us!
The Caledon Concert Band Association has a strong history of student mentorship and musical contribution to its constituent and surrounding communities. The Band’s charitable fundraising activities are directed in part towards the support of local and regional musical activities, special events and scholarship program.
The Caledon Concert band offers scholarships to students enrolling in music programs at recognized Canadian colleges and universities. Applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee of the Caledon Concert Band Association. Decisions will be made taking into account any one or combination of factors including the applicant’s community involvement and interests, musical achievements and academic excellence.
Please download and print the Scholarship Application Form. Fill in the form completely and scan it with all supporting documents to submit your application by email to: email@example.com. To submit an application by mail, print the application form, fill in the form completely and mail it with your supporting documents to the address below:
Caledon Concert Band Association
c/o 306 Kingsview Drive