Clarington Concert Band
Now in it’s 31st year, The Clarington Concert Band for all of its existence, has been a volunteer community band and is the principal community wind ensemble in the Clarington area. The band was formed in 1992, and continues a 144-year-old town band tradition in the Clarington area that dates from the earliest documented band concert in Bowmanville in 1848.
In a resolution passed at City Council on December 7, 2009, permission was granted to the Clarington Concert Band to use or present itself as the Official Town Band of Clarington.
The Band is a 35-player strong ensemble of brass, woodwind and percussion players and comprises both amateurs and seasoned professional musicians who hail from all parts of Durham Region, as well as surrounding areas in and around the GTA.
The band performs a wide repertoire of music that includes transcriptions of classical music, original compositions, big band arrangements, movie scores, Broadway musicals, traditional marches and the occasional Strauss waltz.
Rehearsals are held every Thursday from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at St. Stephen Catholic Secondary School, 300 Scugog Street Bowmanville, ON L1C 3K2
H. GERALD MURPHY JR.
Gerry began his music studies at age five in Germany where his family was stationed with the R.C.A.F., learning the accordion, organ and, as soon as he was old enough to join, playing euphonium with the Volunteer Band on the Air Base.
Gerry went on to master tuba and graduate from Queen's University with honours in Conducting, Music Education, Composition and Arranging. He has performed with the Canadian Forces Bands on tuba and euphonium and taught at public and private elementary schools in addition to directing the Belleville Municipal Band and The Concert Brass.
Gerry has performed with many orchestras and chamber ensembles and currently holds the position of Music Director for the Clarington Concert Band.
ASSOCIATE MUSIC DIRECTOR
Lynda graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a bachelor of music and a bachelor of education.
She has several years of teaching experience in high school music as well as many years as a private music teacher of flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano, theory and history. Lynda directs two flute ensembles, The Wildwind Flute Choir and Toot Sweet. and she has also coached the flute section for La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra
Lynda played flute and piccolo in the Oshawa Symphony for about twenty-five years. She also played flute, clarinet and saxophone in the pit orchestra for approximately fifteen musicals with Oshawa Little Theatre
In addition to being a member of the Clarington Concert Band, Lynda has been the Associate Director of Music for the concert band since 2011.
CLARINGTON CONCERT BAND
Anita Van Drunen