The Preston Scout House Alumni Band celebrated the 80th anniversary of its founding in 1938 with a number of community oriented performances and special events over the course of the anniversary year.
The Band, originally the bugle band of the 1st Preston Scout Troop, performed in a series of events that included a free family concert, the Preston’s Canada Day parade on July 1, Warriors Day concert for Preston’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch 126 in early September and annual Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11. The Band’s repertoire will include songs popular with the Band’s members and long time fans of the Band from audiences over years past.
Other special events that celebrated the Band’s 80th anniversary.
*Cambridge Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” social evening.
*performing the national anthem at the May meeting of Cambridge city council and updating council members on Scout House activities and plans.
*banners in place in downtown Preston marking the anniversary year.
*a children’s colouring contest, with prizes awarded during the Scout House annual barbecue on Canada Day weekend.
*celebration events on Canada Day weekend, which included an 80-year memorabilia display, Saturday afternoon concerts by Scout House groups, a catered barbecue, etc.
Recipients of Scout House service pins, which are traditionally presented during the annual Christmas banquet, included the first five year members of Preston Scout House Cadets. This group started up in 2012 as a drum line to help mark the organization’s 75th anniversary year in 2013. Five-year pins were awarded to 15 people, including eight members of the Cadets organization. Two people received 10 year pins and seven received pins for 15 years of involvement.
Scout House members attending the annual Christmas banquet who earned long service pins are (from left) 15 year members Ray Hallman, Gord Cupskey; 10 year members Neal Titford, Jim Kennedy; five year members Sienna Joyce, Terry Ellison, Jody Joyce, Chantalle Joyce, Cheryl Riley, Gavin Joyce, Josh Rossignoli, Cindy Rossignoli, Jamie Rossignoli (rear).
Photo by Linda Carrigan