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Build connections with the Borden Brass and Reed band

Since 1994, the Borden Brass and Reed Band has been connecting the community through music. The concert band, which meets weekly, is looking for new members.

Do you play a woodwind, brass, percussion, or rhythm instrument? The volunteer Brass and Reed Band could be the perfect opportunity to sharpen your musical skills, get performance experience, and meet new people!

As an official volunteer band for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), the band is composed of military personnel, Department of National Defence (DND) employees, and civilians of high school age or older. Musicians of varying skill levels are welcome, from novice to advanced. Because the focus of the band is on playing, rather than lessons, knowledge of the basics is a must. The diverse group is part of what gives this organization a true feeling of community, according to Master Warrant Officer Brian Driscoll, Music Division CSM with the Canadian Forces Logistics Training Centre (CFLTC).

First and foremost, the emphasis is on community. The concert band meets to share the joy of music and performs for mess dinners, outdoor concerts, and special events throughout the year. Their repertoire includes classical, contemporary, and everything in between. And, because they’re a military band, they will of course play marches as well! Beyond the opportunity to practice your musical skills, it’s a creative outlet for building connections in the Borden community.

“It’s a great opportunity to get together and share a love of music,” said MWO Driscoll.   

New members are always welcome, and it’s free to join. Rehearsals are on Monday night from 1900 hrs to 2100 hrs. If you don’t have your own, instruments are available to borrow free of charge.

Interested in becoming a member? Contact MWO Brian Driscoll at brian.driscoll@forces.gc.ca.