Introducing the Ottawa Community Concert Band
OCCB Members at the Canadian Band Association Ontario Chapter Band Weekend, Ottawa 31 May 2014
- extracts from original photos by Wessman Photography -
OCCB at St. Vincent's Hospital June 2008
In its early years, the OCCB received an operating grant from the City of Ottawa. The band has also received a one-time grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to purchase music and percussion instruments. However, with the decline in government funding of the arts, the band now relies upon voluntary contributions from its members and upon donations from venues at which it gives concerts. The OCCB is provincially-registered with CRA charitable status.
The band rehearses weekly year round (except August) on Thursday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Rideau Community Hub (ex-Rideau High), and with the approval of the Musicians Association of Ottawa-Hull gives an average of two concerts per month at community events, local hospitals, and retirement homes. A Thursday evening is usually set aside for one concert, and a Sunday afternoon for the other.
The repertoire of the band ranges from classical to popular, including “big band”, jazz, show music, and military marches. The band's active members (50 approx) span all ages and backgrounds, and welcome additional amateur musicians to fill vacancies as positions become available. If you would like to join us, or if you know someone who might be interested in playing in a wind instrument concert band, first please contact OCCB Music Director Richard Arrigo.
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