Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Band Trip to Merritt

At the end of May 2012, the Langley Concert Band, directed by Brenda Wilson, had the opportunity to travel to Merritt to play a joint concert in Merritt Rotary Park Bandstand with the Nicola Valley Community Band, lead by director Colin Kerridge.

Twenty-one members of the band were able to make the trip and enjoy the hospitality of the Nicola Valley members, which included a fascinating tour of Nicola Valley.  One of their band members, Steve Rose, supplied and drove our tour bus.

Band members on the steps of the historic Quilchena Hotel.

We lunched at his family’s historic Quilchena Hotel, which is celebrating its hundreth anniversary this year, http://www.quilchena.com/.  We also visited the family’s homestead ranch and the Laurie Guichon Memorial Grassland Interpretive Site http://www.members.shaw.ca/swawrykow/02grass2.htm.

We look forward to hosting the Nicola Valley Community Band next spring, sharing with them the sights and sounds (and wineries) of Langley.  Their visit, on the last weekend of May 2013, will culminate in a joint concert.

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