Orchestra London in Chatham-Kent is turning over its baton and $5,000 to the Chatham Concert Band to carry on the legacy of band and orchestral music in the community.
Despite rain and humidity, the Chatham Concert Band (CCB) kicked off its free summer series at the Kiwanis Bandshell in Tecumseh Park last Wednesday night, under the director of Bandmaster Vaughn Pugh.
At the concert, Mary Douglas, president of Orchestra London, presented an endowment cheque of $5,000 to Pugh as part of wrapping up OL in Chatham.
“They continue to provide band and orchestral music in the community and that’s why we chose them,” Douglas said of the decision to donate the money to CCB.
Organized in 1927, the CCB has been providing free entertainment to the community for years, and in 2002, celebrated 75 years of continuous operation.
The band will play in Tecumseh Park all summer long on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m., with a different theme each week. While the event is free to the public, freewill offerings are appreciated.
For more information on the CCB summer schedule, go to chathamconcertband.ca.