Our History Since 1974

 

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.