Scout House will Spring Ahead April 23 with free family concert
featuring Silver Leaves, Cadets, Drill Team and Magic winter guard
Preston Scout House Band Inc. will Spring Ahead with its traditional free family concert, from 1 to 4 pm at Speedsville Community Hall (formerly called the Preston Knights of Columbus building), 333 Speedsville Road on Sunday April 23. Concert performers will be the Silver Leaves Brass Ensemble, Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Magic of Scout House competitive winter guard and the Scout House Heritage Drill Team.
Parking is free for the concert. Refreshments will be available in the lounge, with time for spectators and Scout House members to mingle after the concert. Those attending will have the opportunity to purchase Scout House raffle tickets for the chance to win one $1,000 and two $500 prizes, with winners to be drawn on Canada Day.
Scout House Silver Leaves Brass Ensemble will salute Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017 with a repertoire including songs known and loved across the country and beyond: Leonard Cohen’s majestic Hallelujah, performed by hundreds of artists around the world over the past 30 years; Hockey Night in Canada, often fondly called Canada’s second national anthem and One Fine Morning, a rock and roll anthem by Lighthouse, the world famous rock band co-founded by former Scout House snare drummer Ron “Skip” Prokop. Other selections include Hooked On A Feeling, Sweet Caroline, YMCA and 25 or 6 to 4.
The performance by Preston Scout House Cadets drum and bugle corps will include Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, by well known Broadway composer Richard Rodgers. It tells the story in ballet form of a male dancer who falls in love with a dance hall girl who is shot by her jealous boyfriend. It was introduced in the Broadway musical comedy On Your Toes in1936, then featured again in the movie version and a third time in a 1948 film biography of Rodgers and his writing partner Lorenz Hart. The song is also the background music in the 1957 movie of the same title, a tale of violence on the waterfront.
The Cadets’ percussion feature is The Devil Went Down to Georgia, a variation of the classic “deal with the devil story.” In the song, the fiddle performances by a boy named Johnny and Satan are the instrumental bridges between the verses. The song was released by the Charlie Daniels Band in the late 1970s.
Magic of Scout House Winter Guard is the North East Color Guard Circuit (NECGC) champion for the third year in a row, finishing all three seasons with top scores in every contest. In 2016, Magic of Scout House also won the first-ever NECGC Showmanship Effectiveness Award. NECGC includes units from across southern Ontario and upstate New York.
The audience at the Spring Ahead concert will enjoy a demonstration of guard equipment handling, such as spinning and tossing flags and other items and a video performance of the 2017 show titled Ballroom Blitz.
The Scout House Heritage Drill Team wears the vintage uniform from the 1950s and 1960s to recreate many of the unique Scout House marching routines that astounded drum and bugle corps audiences in that era, marching with knees lifted high and straight arms swinging to shoulder height performing routines including slow march, a stylized wooden soldiers routine and skipping while playing.
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.