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Comox Valley music festival featuring future musicians

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November 15, 2012 · 3:34 PM
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The Comox Valley will host some of Vancouver Island’s future musicians at the 21st annual Comox Valley Concert Band and Choir Festival from Nov. 19 to 21.

Three well-known music educators and clinicians — choral adjudicator Scott Leithead and band adjudicators Sydney Griffith and Bryan Knapp — will work this year with festival participants.

Members of the community are welcome to enjoy some of the fine musicianship that is blooming under the direction of local band and choir teachers in the Comox Valley and all over Vancouver Island. This year the festival welcomes groups from Victoria to Campbell River. A detailed schedule of performances is available on the SD71 website under Programs, Fine Arts.

Nov. 19 will feature the choral portion at Comox Pentecostal Church from 8:30 a.m. till 5 p.m. Local schools Aspen Park, Highland, Mark Isfeld and Vanier will feature groups throughout the day. There will also be a special lunchtime concert from 11:50 to 12:30 featuring members of the Kokopelli Choir under the direction of Leithead.

Tuesday and Wednesday will feature the concert band portion of the festival at the Sid Williams Theatre, again featuring many students from our local schools. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and people are welcome to come and go throughout the day.

Leithead will be accompanied by a small Kokopelli chamber group doing a number of performances in the Valley, the first of which will be at Mark Isfeld this Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.

This energetic and musical choir has travelled the globe.

— Comox Valley Band and Choir Festival