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2017 in Review!

It’s with sadness that we say goodbye to 2017!  But what a year!

It began with commissioning a wonderful Canadian composer Len Ballantine (Len Ballantine Music) for our British-Style Brass Band 10-pc ensemble “Brit-10-ish”.   The result was “Agawa Impressions” – a wonderful work of 4 vignettes based on the stunning vistas of the Agawa Canyon north of Lake Superior inspired by the paintings by Canada’s “Group of Seven”.   Our premier performance was in March at the North American Brass Band Association Championships in Fort Wayne Indiana where we were recognized with a 3rd place finishing.  What a way to celebrate being Canadian performing a Canadian composer about a Canadian landscape and for Canada’s 150th Anniversary!

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April was a busy month with being part of Barrie’s Collier Street United Church’s Palm Sunday Ministry of Music, on the 9th.  A lovely lunch was provided us by the Church Choir, as that afternoon we were the guest artists of Collier Street Concert Series with a full programme where we performed the Canadian premier of the “Agawa Impressions” as well as other Canadian repertoire.

Two weeks later ALWM was the host ensemble of the Canadian Band Association (Ontario Chapter) 2nd Annual Community Brass Band Weekend.  We had lots of fun making music with 40 other brass players with rehearsals all day Saturday and then performing a concert on the Sunday.

There were very few musical ensembles that didn’t pay tribute to Canada.  In June ALWM-5 were guest artists of the Barrie Concert Band’s “Made in Canada” Concert to a packed house.

July was quiet with August providing music for a friend’s birthday at the prestigious Royal Canadian Military Institute in downtown Toronto.

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Then came a new audience and a new venue in September – Tollendale Village.  Our ALWM-11 (orchestral brass) took to the stage at the Meeting Place with coffee and cookies with the audience afterwards.  They enjoyed our performance so much that within the week we were booked for 2018!

And as can be expected musicians get really busy between mid-November and Christmas time.  Many of our members were involved with dozens of other concerts, but our ALWM-11 were honoured to collaborate with the Orillia Vocal Ensemble in “Christmas Voices” with all proceeds given to The Emergency Baby Needs Depot located at the Orillia Early Years Centre.  Over $6000 was raised – what incredible hearts!  And what a way to end an incredible year!

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What’s for 2018?   Watch and see!

 

 

 

 

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Christmas is just around the corner!

After a busy spring, we took the summer off, and now we’re only a week away from our Christmas concert!  How time has flown.  Saturday 3rd December we are performing at St Margaret in the Pines Anglican Church (4130 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough).  They were so kind in supporting us during our preparation for NABBA this past spring that all proceeds from this Concert will support their outreach program Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. PWRDF is a non-profit organization for the Anglican Church which supports emergency relief, refugees, development and justice.

The repertoire covers hundreds of years of music for the season and will also feature David Murrell, organist of St Margaret, and then is even a wonderful work for brass and organ.

Looking forward to see you all there!

 

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ALWM Brass Ensemble is going to NABBA – Fort Wayne Indiana

We’re so excited!

NABBA is The North American Brass Band Association and is dedicated to the promotion and development of the British-style brass band movement in North America. With bands and musicians covering 15 states and Canada as well as ranging from school-age youth to senior citizens, NABBA has become a true force in the arena of amateur musicians and brass banding across North America.

This year there are 38 ensembles (of which we are 1), 147 soloists (we have a few in there as well), and 35 bands – apparently a record breaker for NABBA!

To see more about NABBA please read http://www.nabba.org/

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Happy New Year 2016!

Everyone at ALWM wishes you and your family a healthy and prosperous 2016!

Keeping watch for news on our upcoming events.

ALWM Brass Choir is in preparation for our joint concert with Georgian Bay Brass

6 Dec 15 – We thought you would like to meet our Brass Ensemble so here we are!  And we have the wonderful Amy Lewis joining us on vocals!

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30 Nov 15 – Its a great honour to be sharing the stage with our musical friends of Georgian Bay Brass on Saturday 19th December at 7:30 pm at St Paul’s United Church, Midland. Come check it out. 2 ensembles for the price of 1!

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ALWM in preparation for MCA 2015-2016 Season Opening Concert

Meet our Dectet.  We'll be performing at the Muskoka Concert Association at the Gravenhurst Opera House on 23 October 2015 at 7:30 pm

Meet our Dectet. We’ll be performing at the Muskoka Concert Association at the Gravenhurst Opera House on 23 October 2015 at 7:30 pm

23 Oct – Thank you to Mark Clairmont and Muskoka To-Daily for your wonderful article.

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We are excited to be performing this evening at the Gravenhurst Opera House.

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20 Oct – Thank you Muskoka To-Daily for the wonderful interview.

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ALWM is honoured to be opening the 2015-2016 concert series of the Muskoka Concert Association, this Friday, 23rd October, at the Gravenhurst Opera House.

Our Wind Dectet is in final preparations and are excited to be bringing classical music to the Muskokas.

ALWM-11 in preparation for “BY REQUEST” concert this Sunday

This Sunday, 5th August 2015, at 5pm, ALWM-11 is presenting a concert where the music has been requested by our fans!  Although the submissions have been received, its not too late to come out and hear the selections.  Tickets can be obtained through Eventzilla – A Little Wind Music Presents “By Request” or at the door.  The ensemble is looking forward to seeing you!

ALWM-5 Performs tonight and More!

ALWM-5 is honoured to be supporting the Toronto Police Chief’s Ceremonial Unit this evening!

We are also in the planning stages for an August Concert – so stay tuned for more info.

Enjoy your weekend!

Welcome to ALWM!

We are a chamber wind ensemble of light classical to contemporary repertoire.  We are centrally located between Muskoka Region and the Greater Toronto Area, with our home in Barrie, ON.

We enjoy many artistic opportunities, such as concerts, corporate luncheons and dinners, and weddings.

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