Category Archives: Band History

Newmarket Citizens’ Band Performs at the “New” Old Town Hall

From elocalpost, October 4, 2016

What a great day at Newmarket’s newly renovated and expanded Old Town Hall that re-opened officially on Thursday, September 22nd. The Hall will no doubt become the cultural hub for the Town as it provides local performers and artists with a place to showcase their talents to the residents of the Town of Newmarket.

An Open House was held on Saturday, September 24th. The Newmarket Citizens’ Band (NCB) which has been the official Town Band since 1872, has a long history of providing entertainment in and around the Newmarket area. The Band played two concerts for residents as part of public tours that were held that day. The audiences were very enthusiastic and enjoyed seeing the band playing once more in the Old Town Hall.

The Band is very excited that this venue is finally available and plans to hold regular concerts throughout the year. To mark this historic occasion, an official photo of the band was taken outside of the Hall after the concert.

NCB embraces the community band concept and welcomes any musician teen aged and older who plays a band instrument to come out to a rehearsal. There are no auditions or waiting lists. For more information about the band and how to join check out our website at

Under the Trading Tree: Community Wind Band Highlights

The stage was set at the Newmarket Theatre for an historic meeting of some of Ontario’s finest musicians, representing more than twenty six Community Bands on Sunday October 5, 2014. Presented by the Newmarket Citizens’ Band in conjunction with the Canadian Band Association (Ontario) as part of the annual Community Band Weekend, this massed band concert was led by nine of the provinces top-rated conductors.

Listen to a few of the highlights of that day.

On Eagles Wings, (Robert W. Smith) Roy Menagh, conductor

Blue Lake and Rocky Shores (Bill Thomas) Rita Arendz, conductor

Canadian Folk Song Rhapsody (Curnow) Dale Matsushige, conductor

Soliloquy for Band Op. 40a (L.M. Calleja) L.M. Calleja, conductor

Gershwin! (Arr. Warren Barker) Graz Brescacin, conductor <

Florentiner March (J. Fucik) Gerald Murphy, conductor

In Autumn Skies (Y. Kamioka) Dale Matsushige, conductor

Into The Hills (Ryan Meeboer) Rita Arendz, conductor

Ashokan Farewell (Jay Ungar /Arr. Custer) Les Saville, conductor

Snake Fence Country (Howard Cable) Barb Hunter, conductor

Country Gardens (Percy Grainger) Gerald Murphy, conductor

Rest (Frank Ticheli) Joseph Resendes, conductor

Oak Island Odyssey (Vince Gassi) Les Saville, conductor