The year 2023 marks a major milestone for the Concert Band of Cobourg. We have been proud to be Cobourg’s Band for 180 years! Watch this space over the coming months as we announce numerous celebrations we will be doing throughout the Town of Cobourg. From special concerts to displays, memorabilia and more, our anniversary committee is gearing up for events both big and small throughout the year. We hope you join us to celebrate this wonderful accomplishment!
Paul Storms (Director of Music), Charlynne Jourard (Producer) and Gregory Jourard (Director) had the pleasure of discussing The Concert Band of Cobourg’s new documentary Tradition, Duty, Honour, and Family on The Daily Wrap with Pete Fisher on Northumberland 89.7 FM on October 11, 2022.
If you missed the original broadcast, you can still listen to the session on Northumberland 89.7’s website at https://northumberland897.ca/the-daily-wrap/2022/10/12/daily-wrap-october-11-carole-beauchamp-rebound-storms-concert-band
The Concert Band of Cobourg announced today, Tuesday, October 11th, the release of a short documentary on who the band is, where they came from, and why their future is still bright after 180 years. Check out the premiere on YouTube at 7pm, or watch any time afterwards at https://youtu.be/MTwLK_ZyrR4. Follow the excitement of the release on our Facebook page!
Subtitled Tradition, Duty, Honour and Family, the 15-minute film speaks about the history of the band and its evolution as well as what it has meant to Cobourg (Tradition), the relationship between the Town of Cobourg and the band (Duty), the role of ambassadors and the pride the band brings when performing (Honour), and the social aspects that make the band a place where musicians feel like they are part of the bigger whole (Family).
Much of the information on the early years of the band was taken from the book Journal of a Band by Robert Irvine, which was published in 2017. The band is represented in old photographs and early footage, as well as more current recordings of band performances. These were compiled over the summer by Producer Charlynne Jourard, who also wrote the narrative which is voiced by the band’s concert MC Diana Storen and Chris Devlin. Directing and editing was done by Gregory Jourard, who recently graduated from Durham College in the Broadcasting – Radio and New Media program.
Director of Music Paul Storms is excited to release the movie for everyone to see. “It is an amazing video that encompasses where our band came from, where it stands today and it’s potential for the future. It explains how the band is a longstanding cornerstone of Cobourg. We are very proud of the huge effort that went into producing this work.”
Welcome to the homepage of the Concert Band of Cobourg, the Band of His Majesty’s Royal Marines Association Ontario. We are one of the oldest continuously operating community bands in Canada, having started in 1842. Please browse through our gallery, read more on our history as published in our book Journal of a Band, sample some of our recorded music, and explore our involvement in the community including our latest appearance on Rogers Hometown Hockey on our Video page. From our weekly summer concerts in Victoria Park to our participation in Santa Claus and Canada Day parades, you’ll see why our motto is Pride of Performance.