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The Calgary Concert Band Society traces its origins back to 1947, when well known Calgary band conductor W.A. Leggitt, formed the Calgary Musician’s Association Band. It adopted a cowboy uniform and during the ensuing years, the band appeared at the Calgary Stampede parade and presented numerous concerts in the parks. Norman Halling became Bandmaster in 1950 and the band assumed the name Calgary Concert Band. In 1952 they accepted an invitation to join 403 Reserve Squadron RCAF as the squadron band and functioned concurrently as a civilian band. The band was incorporated as a Society in 1956. The uniform of red jackets, black trousers, white shirts and black bow ties was adopted in 1960 and changed in 2002 to black jackets.

In 1963 Capt.F.M.(Ray) McLeod, former military band director with the PPCLI and Lord Strathcona Horse Regiment, took over as musical director. From 1989 to 1997 Stephen Franse, principal bassoonist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, assumed the role of music director. Under his baton, in 1996 the band played in the Jack Singer Concert Hall to celebrate their 40th Ruby Anniversary. Dr. Jeremy Brown, Professor of Saxophone and Music Education at the University of Calgary, then became the musical director. During this time the band was invited to play at the Jungfrau Music Festival in Interlaken, Switzerland and the Mid Europe Music Festival in Schladming, Austria in 2004.

In November 2005, the band came under the musical directorship of Earl Paddock, Music Director at William Aberhart High School. In the summer of 2007 the band participated in the Festival des Anches d’Azur, La Croix Valmer, France and also toured and performed at various locations in London and Bath, England. Dr. Jeremy Brown returned as Music/Artistic Director in 2008 and the group had rewarding encore performances in Europe in July 2011.

In the Summer of 2012, the name of the ensemble was officially changed to the “Calgary Wind Symphony” operating under the Calgary Concert Band Society as the governing body.

Current Members

* denotes Section Leader
+ denotes Associate Section Leader

Lucie Alaimo
Amanda Burgener
Michelle Byrne
Rosalyn Harms
Alisa Lan
Lisa MacLeod
Rose Schmaltz
Pam Sharma
Terri Shouldice*
Rob Birkholz +
Robin Bunker *

Eb Clarinet
Kimberly Linkert

Bb Clarinet
Judy Brock *
Elaine Cheung
Lorne Davies
Mary Hamm +
Sarah Knox
Kimberly Linkert
Elana Macauley
Mark Morin
Rose Pawlak
Chris Wigens

Bass Clarinet
Stan Climie *Bassoon
Stephanie Willatt

Tessa Baker
Allison Brown
Sherri Moynahan *
Nicole Oliver
Mireille Robinson
Colin Rothbauer +
Liz Tremblay

Chris Buchner
Jody Connors
Ernest Drake +
Sheila Greaves *
Julie Jacques
Lisa Turner
Carmen Way

Trudy Fossey +
Graham LeGeyt
Chuck Mallett
Russ Middleton
Sara Mills
Mark Paidra
Ron Platt
Richard Worton *

Lilach Gilad +
Phil Hatton
Monica Leong
Gary McPhee
Chelsea Moynahan
Gordon Vickers

David Mitchell *

Arthur Lapp *
Rob Willard +

Brian Gaas +
Patrick Moynahan
Kelly Spoering
Dylan Wiest

Julie Jacques

Liz Tremblay

Scott Hughes

Board of Directors

Artistic Director: Dr. Jeremy Brown
President: Brian Gaas
Vice President: Colin Rothbauer
Secretary: Lisa Turner
Treasurer: Tessa Baker
Concert Managers: Julie Jacques, Terri Shouldice
Librarian: Lilac Gilad
Directors at large: Kim Linkert, Rosalyn Harms

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