The Concert Band of Cobourg is proud to have produced a short documentary on the essence of the band. Based on 4 cornerstones Tradition, Duty, Honour and Family explores who the band is, where they came from, and why their future is still bright after more than 180 years.
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. We are thankful that so many of the band’s performances have been captured on video by Mark Edwardson, a member of the band’s drum corps and videographer. It was a difficult task narrowing down the thousands of photographs and hundreds of hours of footage into just 15 minutes while covering a history which dates back to 1842.
Launched on October 11, 2022, the documentary has received over 500 views so far and very positive feedback. Many comments have been received regarding how much people have learned about the band and several heartwarming comments from past members about the memories that have been revived when they have seen themselves in old footage.
The documentary can be seen on the band’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/MTwLK_ZyrR4.
Paul Storms (Director of Music), Charlynne Jourard (Producer) and Gregory Jourard (Director) had the pleasure of discussing documentary on The Daily Wrap with Pete Fisher on Northumberland 89.7 FM. The show can still be heard on the station’s website at Northumberland 89.7 Concert Band Oct 11 2022.