The year 1870 saw local residents entertained by the “Town Band”. This custom has prevailed throughout the ages, and the citizens of Oshawa and surrounding area have been treated to concerts and entertained by The Oshawa Civic Band. In this instance we borrow the phrase “something old, something new and something borrowed” to describe our musical offerings.
Historically speaking, the band has had a varied career. Beginning as the “Town Band” it progressed to becoming “the Band of the 34th Ontario Regiment”, and was known for a brief time as the “Oshawa Civic and Regimental Band” before becoming incorporated as “The Oshawa Civic Band”. Since the early years of the band’s history it has continuously presented concerts, but in particular a series during the summer months since 1942 on the band shell in Memorial Park titled “Concerts in the Park”, as well as concerts in schools, churches, the hospital and nursing homes. Even though all official ties with the regiment have been severed, the band often plays at various regimental functions and for a good number of years provided background music for Durham College’s annual convocation.
The band generally performs about 12 concerts a year for about 3000 people. The band presently requires “new blood” to keep up its’ musical standard and to keep the tradition alive. Therefore we are constantly on the look out for either “finished” players or young people willing to learn musical skills.
In all essence, the band will seek to provide musical entertainment of a high calibre when called upon to do so.
About Oshawa Civic Band Inc.
The Oshawa Civic Band is a tradtional "British" brass band that consits of about 30 volunteer musicians, the Director of Music and the Assistant Director of Music (volunteer position). The members are from all over Durham Region and from as far away as Lindsay, but mostly from Oshawa.