Cumberland Marching Band is undergoing some big changes. They are broadening their focus to include more students Valley-wide.
Now called the ‘Comox Valley Community Marching Band’, the rehearsal location has also changed to a more central location at Lake Trail Middle School.
And they are welcoming new members. They are seeking 13- to 18-year-old Comox Valley youth who have played a musical instrument for at least one year, can read music, and are prepared to commit to a weekly evening rehearsal, parades and other activities that the band participates in.
“This crew just loves to play together – we have a lot of fun,” says band director Joanne Hawthorne.
“You just have to have an interest in being a member and be able to play an instrument,” added board member Lisa Bryan. “It’s an amazing group of people working together to learn and entertain.”
Each season includes performances in parades and at community events, as well as opportunities to travel. The group prides itself on both its skill and its playfulness and fun atmosphere.
Rehearsals take place weekly at Lake Trail Middle School band room, Thursday evenings from 5:45-7:15. Registration for new members will take place there on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 5:45 p.m.
A free ‘Learn to March’ clinic happens the weekend of Feb. 21-22. There will be lots of marching, fun, and food, and great new friends to be made.
Cumberland Marching Band is an independent non-profit organization that has been operating since September 2010. For more information, or to donate, please contact director Joanne Hawthorn via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.