THE LLOYD BITTLE MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
Students graduating high school who have been accepted to and are enrolling in a music program at a recognized Canadian college or university.
Graduates must be from high schools in the following communities: North Brampton, Caledon, Orangeville, Alliston, Erin and King City.
The value of each scholarship is $500.
Lloyd Bittle is a founding member of the Caledon Concert Band and has a long history of service to the community. Lloyd and his wife, Edna, moved to Bolton, Ontario in 1973 and immediately became involved with Christ Anglican Church. Taking his trumpet along to accompany Christmas carolers, Lloyd was soon joined by a handful of local musicians. They eventually placed an advertisement in the Caledon Citizen newspaper calling for additional musicians to form a community band under the direction of Jimmy (James) Maw and Caledon Concert Band was born.
As a boy, Lloyd was inspired by the great Henry Bussey, the Goldman Band and Salvation Army Bands. At age 11, he received his first trumpet as a Christmas present and began instruction from Fred Cooley, an English bandsman. Lloyd's first professional appearance was at a Toronto servicemen's dance hall at the age of 13. Shortly thereafter, he joined a Polish dance band which played for various functions and had a summer contract as a dance band for the Muskoka Lodge. Lloyd was also lead trumpet during his years in Harbord Collegiate Orchestra in Toronto. Following WW II, he continued to play with German and Ukranian bands for weddings and cultural events.
Lloyd's professional career was spent as a practicing industrial engineer. He moved from his position as a manager for CCM to become Head of the Physical Resources Department at Humber College where he had already been serving as a member of their Advisory Board. Lloyd also served on the Advisory Boards of Ryerson Polytechnic, University of Toronto and Hamilton Institute of Technology (now Mohawk College).
Lloyd initially played trumpet with the Caledon Concert Band and then took up the Euphonium for his last ten years of performance with the band. He has also played with the Hamilton Philharmonic, Etobicoke Symphony and the Thunder Bay Symphony. Lloyd is a long-time member of the True Blue Masonic Lodge in Bolton. He is also served as President of the Caledon Seniors Association for two years. He continues to support Caledon Concert Band through financial contributions and assistance with publicity. The Caledon Concert band is pleased to offer a scholarship in his name to honour his long time involvement with the band as well as his contributions in education and service to the community.