There’s a powerful chord resonating from Lower Sackville on Saturday mornings, as a diverse group of musicians converge from all facets of Nova Scotia community life, proving high school graduation shouldn’t be a time to pack away those French horns, clarinets and oboes.
Together, this array of passionate players make Sackville Concert Band, one of Canada’s premiere concert bands, composed of passionate players, retired professional musicians, former Stadacona Band members and music teachers, like band president Tom Rusinak.
“There’s the Symphony, then HMCS Stadacona Band, then us,” says Rusinak. He’s enthusiastic about engaging the Halifax community to come and enjoy their playing, take part in their concerts and embrace music for life.
“A lot of wonderful things have developed out of these band festivals … having professionals sitting with amateurs, the professionals realize why they got involved in music in the first place,” says conductor and music director Laura Mercer of Second Wind Community Concert Band from Cape Breton.