Band Awards

The Newmarket Citizens Band is proud to support music education programs in the community. Each year the Band presents awards to graduating music students at three Newmarket secondary schools:

  • Newmarket Citizens Band Award (Dr. J.M. Denison Secondary School)
  • Don Ross Langford Memorial Award (Sir William Mulock Secondary School)
  • Austin Brammar Memorial Award (Newmarket Secondary School)

Newmarket Citizens Band Award

2018 Winner: Ingrid Campbell

This award was established by the Newmarket Citizens Band in 2016 and is presented annually to a graduating music student from Dr. John M. Denison Secondary School who has displayed exceptional musical abilities and made exemplary contributions to the music department’s activities during their years in the high school band music program.

The Don Ross Langford Memorial Award

2018 Winner: Byoungchan Sohn

(Sept 22, 1929 – Mar 25, 2004)

Don Langford plays "Last Post" at a Remembrance Day ceremony.

Don Langford plays “Last Post” on Remembrance Day

Don joined the band in 1939 at the age of 10. He was taught to play the trumpet by fellow band member and long time conductor, William C. (Bill) Greig. The band at that time practiced on Main St. above what was once a hotel.

Don was in the band for 64 years. During that time he moved to live in Oakville and Burlington but still continued to drive back and forth for practice on a Tuesday.

He played the “Last Post” at the Remembrance Day Ceremony for at least 30 years.

Over the years Don played with the Mount Forest Citizens Band, the Royal Regiment of Canada band, the Top Hat Dixieland Band, the Nomads Big Band and a number of small combos. However, the Newmarket Citizens Band was the fortunate recipient of Don’s performing talents for the longest of any group.

The Don Langford Memorial Award was established by the Newmarket Citizens Band in 2004 and is presented annually to a graduating music student from Sir William Mulock Secondary School. This student has displayed exceptional musical abilities and made exemplary contributions to the music department for their years in the high school band music program.

When this award was established, the Sir William Mulock Secondary School music department was also very fortunate and honored to receive (from Mrs. Carol Langford) the cornet that Don Langford used in performance. Each year, a music student has the opportunity to play the “Last Post” on this cornet at the school’s annual Remembrance Day Ceremony.

Austin Brammar Memorial Award

2018 Winner: Carter Juskans

(Feb 1, 1910 – Sept 12, 1982)

Photo of Austin Brammer, after whom a memorial scholarship is named

Austin Brammar

Austin Brammar was a conspicuous figure on Newmarket’s music scene since joining the band in 1925 until his death in 1983. He was in his fifty-eighth year as an active member of the band. A woodwind specialist, he played his clarinet in the pit orchestra of local Newmarket stage shows during the early 1940’s, in the Art West dance band for many years and in the Air Force Band during World War II. At one time he also sang at the Christian Baptist Church and played in the Sunday School orchestra at Trinity United Church.

A life member of the Newmarket Lions Club and the Veterans Club, Mr. Brammar ran a successful men’s clothing store on Main St. for a number of years.

He was recording secretary of the Newmarket Citizens Band for 35 of his 58 years as a member and he also served as band librarian.

In 1980, the Austin Brammar Award was inaugurated in the Newmarket Lions Music Festival with a $500 prize.

The Austin Brammar Memorial Award was established by the Newmarket Citizens Band and is presented annually to a graduating music student from Newmarket Secondary School. This student has displayed exceptional musical abilities and made exemplary contributions to the music department during their years in the high school band music program.