Saugeen Shores and our surrounding communities support a thriving musical scene in all genres. Like all other performers, since the last Port Elgin Community Band rehearsal on March 12th 2020, our local concert bands have not been able to practise, perform and make music for our community. There have been no school music nights, recitals and music in the park events. The summer of 2020 was the first in over 30 years where Summer Music camp was also not a part of our summer listening.
Many of our local musicians who come to Summer Music every year were looking for a way to give our community a small bit of that music back. As such, the musicians who come together every year in July instead came together, from afar, to make music.
The Festival Winds Concert Band consists of many of our local current and retired Bluewater District School Board music teachers, students from our award winning local music programs, community players, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and nationally renowned musicians from the Toronto and international music scenes among others. All of these players came together to record—from their homes—Saugeen Shores Overture, by David Eastmond. This piece was commissioned by the Summer Music Society for Summer Music’s 30th anniversary in 2017. It embodies the beauty of the rolling fields, bustling towns and panoramic sunsets of Saugeen Shores through music. We felt there was no better piece to come together and perform.
We want to share our music with the community in the hopes that it would bring a smile to the ears of those we normally see every year as campers or members of our in our audiences. Grab a pair of headphones or listen on the best stereo in your house to this beautiful piece of music. You can find the video here on YouTube
It is our hope that we will be able to host the music camp in 2021. However, because of the continuing uncertainty of the timeline for the end of all Covid-19 induced restrictions on public gatherings such as the summer music camp, we cannot accept registrations for the foreseeable future. At present, we are planning to keep our usual mid-summer date – July 19th to 23rd – and suggest you Save the Date.
We hope everyone stays safe and enjoys a bit of music.