The Canadian Navy's Naden band sails into Rossland

Andrew Zwicker
By Andrew Zwicker
September 20th, 2010

Two professional bands will be marching into town to kick off October and will be tooting their own horns in support of the Rossland Secondary School’s band program. Don’t expect a stogy old marching performance, however, as the Naden Band brings with it two 70 person professional bands playing a variety of music inspired by the Meet The Navy musical reviews of the 1970s.


The RSS Band Program will be hosting the Naden Naval Band on Friday, October 1, 2010 at 8:00 PM in the auditorium.  The Canadian Navy maintains two 35-member bands comprised of professional musicians on representing the east and the other from the west. The bands are touring the country as part of the dual celebrations around the 70th anniversary of the Naval band and the centenary of the Canadian Navy. As a tribute the Naden Bands are performing a musical tribute to the Naval Centennial (1910 -2010) The RSS Band program is excited to have the band playing in Rossland.
“They are a professional band. These are professional musicians that happen to be in the Navy. It’s going to be exceptional music being played,” noted parent volunteer Diana Wilkes.
More than just military marching band music, the musical performance is entitled “Sailors and Songs”, and will present a variety of music and vintage photography to back the music.
“I think it’s going to be a great performance,” concluded Wilkes. “We don’t have any oceans nearby but it gets a small community In the interior of BC the chance to be a part of that naval centennial that we would otherwise probably miss out on by not being in Victoria or Halifax. It’s an exceptionally good price for a professional musical performance. It’s a screaming good deal at $10 a ticket and it also supports our band program which is pretty exceptional as well!”
Sponsored by the Rossland Legion and BMO Nesbitt Burns, tickets for the performance are only $10.00 per person and can be purchased at the school, the Rossland Legion and Peoples’ Drug Mart, as well as the Trail Legion, Charles Bailey Ticket Centre, Country Roads Store in Fruitvale and Pharmasave in Castlegar. Tickets will also be available at the door. All net proceeds will be donated to the RSS band program.

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