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Orillia Silver Band tuning up for 'fun-filled' Serenade in Brass

Orillia Silver Band has assembled a series of selections tailored to the lover of entertaining music, officials say

With Serenade in Brass, the Orillia Silver Band offers a late-spring concert with a series of selections tailored to the lover of entertaining music.

The concert takes place on Sunday, May 28 at 2 p.m. at the Orillia Opera House. Concert tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students/children and are available online from the Orillia Opera House Box Office at

This is the band’s fourth 2022-23 season concert. Serenade in Brass celebrates the coming of good weather and the approaching summer season. For this program, the band has assembled a wide variety of tunes that will appeal to music fans with eclectic tastes. 

The concert opens with Franz von Suppe’s classic Light Cavalry Overture, a perennial favourite from the era of 19th Century Viennese salon music. The program includes the wonderful second movement of Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique, beautifully arranged by for brass band by Howard Snell. And a modern set of Variations on Sine Nomine by Wainwright provides an entertaining and challenging perspective on a classical hymn tune.

Two of the band’s own members will provide solo musical interpretations during the concert. Rita Arendz offers a terrific performance on tenor horn of Sunday in the Park by Philip Sparke, and Fran Harvey leads the band on cornet in a delightful rendition of Under the Boardwalk.

The band is reprising their arrangement of Canadian Railroad Trilogy to honour the great Gordon Lightfoot. And a Fantasy on British Sea Songs by Gordon Langford is included for devotees of classical brass band literature, a work that provides jaunty, nautical fun for all listeners. Finally, the Second World War-era Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy provides the dance beat to get everyone in a party mood.

“Please join us for a fun-filled afternoon,” says Neil Barlow, the band’s music director and conductor. “You are sure to be delighted!”



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