Scout House Silver Leaves a Performance to be Proud of!
For more information about The Silver Leaves Brass Ensemble, contact Activities Coordinator Nancy Weiler at telephone (519) 653-3376, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at: scouthouseband.com
Scout House Cadets a Performance to be Proud of!
For more information about all Preston Scout House activities, contact Activities Coordinator Cindy Rossignoli at telephone (519)841-6781, email email@example.com or visit the website at: scouthouseband.com
Learn to play a drum, brass instrument or twirl a flag in colour guard; no music experience required; for youth ages 10 to 18; musical and marching instruction provided with weekly rehearsals every Wednesday night; membership fee: $20 per year
Scout House returns to Alumni Spectacular for 14th performance since 2002
Preston Scout House Band will present its full-motion field show for the 14th time since 2002 at the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) Alumni Spectacular in Rochester, New York on Sunday, September 4.
Scout House first performed in the annual event in Scranton, Pennsylvania 14 years ago, during a steady rainfall that had spectators huddling under umbrellas.
The Alumni Spectacular field show begins at 10 am in Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak Street, Rochester. The downtown stadium is built on a filled-in section along the original route of the Erie Canal. This old canal bed later became the route of the city’s subway system, which stopped operating in 1956.
The other nine alumni groups that will perform in Rochester are: Steel City Ambassadors, Tri Valley Brass, Kawartha Kavaliers, Hamburg Kingsmen, Reilly Raiders, Skyliners Alumni, Les Diplomates, Crusaders Senior drum and bugle corps, Caballeros Alumni Corps.
The alumni show is one of the high profile events during DCA’s annual Labor Day championship tournament weekend. These other events include individual and ensemble competitions and mini-corps contest Friday evening, World Drum Corps Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner Friday evening, preliminary contest to determine finalists in two divisions on Saturday and championship finals on Sunday evening. Ticket information for contests and the alumni field show is available from DCA at: http://dcacorps.org
DCA aims to provide performers with stimulating and rewarding social experiences, to provide a competitive outlet for performers and to entertain and excite audiences. Member corps are expected to be entertaining, unique, emotional, diverse, vibrant, spirited and energetic without sacrificing the highest level of quality. DCA encourages member corps to choose and perfect the performances vehicles that best entertain audiences and satisfy membership. Audiences should expect and receive varied programs performed at a high level of proficiency.
Preston Scout House Band, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with registered charity status able to issue tax receipts to donors, incorporated under the Corporations Act of the Province of Ontario on November 29, 1956.
The multi-unit organization offers individuals of any age the opportunity to “Arrange the soundtrack of your life” in marching arts activities starting as young as age 8 and continuing throughout life. These units are:
*Preston Scout House Cadets drum and bugle corps for young men and women up to age 22, Silver Award winners at the 2016 Drumline Ontario provincial championships;
*Preston Scout House Band for those over age 18, performing concerts, parades and field shows annually across southern Ontario and neighbouring states;
*Silver Leaves brass ensemble, which rehearses in the winter for appearances at drum corps and community events throughout the year;
*Magic of Scout House competitive winter guard, established in the fall of 2014 and undefeated in its first two seasons of North East Color Guard Circuit contests;
*Heritage Drill Team, with members wearing tight black shorts, knee socks, short sleeved burgundy tunics, white gauntlets and Aussie hats as in the 1950 and ‘60s.
Scout House Band a Performance to be Proud of!
For more information about all Preston Scout House activities, contact Activities Coordinator Nancy Weiler at telephone (519) 653-3376, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at: scouthouseband.com
Winners Of Scout House Band's 2016 scholarships are both heading to post-secondary music studies
The two winners of the 2016 Wilf Blum Youth Music Scholarships offered by Preston Scout House Band Inc. of Cambridge will be heading off to post-secondary music programs this fall to add to more than 10 years of music training they have already experienced.
Each will receive a $750 scholarship award, to be presented during the 7th annual Scout House International Invitational Tattoo field show in University Stadium, Waterloo on Saturday, August 20.
Madison Davidson-McCrabb, of Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School (KCI), began her piano training at age 8 then added trumpet lessons at age 12. Liam Gerald Schatz, of Sir John A Macdonald Secondary School (SJAM) in Waterloo got an even earlier start, beginning on piano at age 5 and drums at age 8. Both have already completed the grade 8 Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) piano program.
Both also have wide-ranging interests and skills outside their primary music activities. Madison Davidson-McCrabb enjoys creative writing, has graduated from a French immersion program and completed a lifesaving and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course. Liam Schatz is an active member of the local Transylvania Club dance group and has performed cultural dances around the world. He volunteers as a ballroom dance instructor for young adults.
Applicants for the youth scholarship awards, presented in memory of Scout House Band founder Wilf Blum, are asked to meet several criteria. They must:
*Excel in the arts at their school, with strong involvement in extra-curricular and student-run activities
*Demonstrate aptitude and intent to pursue continuing activity in the field of instrumental music.
*Reside in Waterloo Region.
*Be attending school in a grade from 7 to 12.
*Have the application endorsed by the student’s music teacher.
The scholarships may be applied to post-secondary tuition in a music program, lessons with an accredited teacher or purchase of an instrument. Both 2016 winners have already been accepted into post-secondary music programs.
Madison Davidson-McCrabb is already a veteran performer, taking part in two recitals a year throughout her piano studies. She currently teaches piano to young children and completed the RCM advanced rudiments theory exam held in May.
She began trumpet lessons at age 12. She practices two or three hours a day as she prepares for a career in music. She performed regularly at KCI, including solo recitals in music class and performances with the school’s concert band, jazz band, senior wind ensemble and participated with the school’s Music Council. Her leadership in the trumpet section made a noticeable improvement in all her ensemble playing settings.
She was the lead trumpet in the Kitchener/Waterloo Youth Symphony performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 2. She won the Ann Trusler Scholarship award as a dedicated member of the Youth Orchestra then successfully auditioned for entry into the Wilfrid Laurier University Bachelor of Music program. She plans to establish a career in music performance and composition.
Liam Schatz has envisioned a future in music since he first started playing piano and drums. He’ll take a major step forward in September when he begins studies in the Bachelor of Music Degree program at Humber College.
During his time at SJAM he played drums and percussion with many groups including the junior and senior jazz bands, the senior jazz combo, the junior and senior concert bands, the pit band for the musical Zombie Prom and as a member of the rhythm section of the jazz choir. On top of this performance schedule, he also mentored younger drummers and assisted with ensemble rehearsals and sectionals.
His school groups have earned top awards at the Kiwanis Music Festival, the Humber College Next Generation Jazz Festival and MusicFest Canada Nationals. He was section leader when his group won the Best Percussion Ensemble Award at MusicFest Canada. At the same festival, he won a personal honour award for drumming with the senior jazz band. He was selected to play the drum set with the Conn-Selmer Centre Stage Band at MusicFest Canada and was selected by Youth Jazz Canada to participate in the Summer Jazz Workshop which will wind up with a performance at the Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival in July.
Outside school, he led the Youth Praise Band at a summer camp for youth from across the province, performed at a Kitchener/Waterloo Oktoberfest Festhall for six years and has participated in several community fundraisers. He also plays drums with Stark Choice, his own band, and St. Peter’s Youth Praise Band. His weekly schedule includes practice sessions at home, weekly lessons with drum teacher Tony Bender and percussion teacher Brennan Connolly and rehearsals before, during and after school with various SJAM bands. He is scheduled to write the RCM Grade 2 (Advanced Rudiments) theory exam in August.
Members of the Wilf Blum Youth Music Scholarships 2016 selection committee were: Paul Mitchell, President, Central Ontario Musicians Union; Karen Tomlin, principal of Howard Robertson School in Kitchener, who holds a joint Honours Bachelor of Arts in Music and Social Development studies; Gord Cupskey, music director of Scout House Band and Band’s Silver Leaves brass ensemble.
Wilf Blum founded Preston Scout House Band in 1938 as a new activity for members of the 1st Preston Boy Scout Troop. Over the following three decades, Scout House Band (named for the building that was home for the troop) became one of the most popular and admired drum and bugle corps in North America before winding down operation in 1967. The group became independent of Scouts Canada in 1954. The Band returned to life with practices beginning in the fall of 1998. Since its first performance in the spring of 1999, Scout House Band has performed more than 450 concerts, street parades and field shows in Ontario, Quebec and 10 American states, receiving more than 50 awards, plaques and certificates during that time.
Preston Scout House Band Inc. now includes five separate units offering people of all ages the opportunity to participate in marching arts activities throughout their entire lives.
Preston Scout House Band now includes about 50 marching members from more than a dozen communities across southern Ontario, New York and northern Pennsylvania who have previously been associated with more than 50 marching music organizations.
The Scout House family also includes the Preston Scout House Cadets youth drum and bugle corps for boys and girls, Silver Leaves brass ensemble, Magic of Scout House competitive winter guard, undefeated in two seasons of competition, and the Band’s Heritage Drill Team, wearing the distinctive uniform of the 1950s and 1960s while performing many of the unique marching routines of that time.
New members for all groups are welcome throughout the year in performance positions and a variety of support positions.