Oceanside Concert Band will put on its fall concert on Nov. 20 at Knox United Church in Parksville, the first since the start of the pandemic.
“We’ve got an array of tunes. We always like to have a wide spectrum of music,” said Don McConnell, who plays alto saxophone in the band.
The band, conducted by Dr. Paul Rathke, will play music including excerpts from Carmen and ‘Ghost Fleet’ by Robert Sheldon.
Members are drawn from the Parksville Qualicum Beach area, Nanaimo and Port Alberni.
Oceanside Concert Band typically puts on two concerts a year, in addition to playing at care homes, which will hopefully resume soon after being paused because of COVID-19 concerns.
Proceeds from the concert will be used to support music programs locally.
The band is always welcoming new members and an audition is not required.
The 35-member band has been entertaining audiences in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area for more than 50 years.
The event is sponsored by the Parksville and District Music Association (PDMA).
The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. at Knox United Church (345 Pym St.). Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 12 and under.
— NEWS Staff