Nepean Concert Band
Currently under the direction of Terry Duncan, the band has a membership of approximately 60 volunteer musicians, from all walks of life. The NCB musicians enjoy playing a diverse repertoire, including marches, popular fare such as folk, Big Band and Broadway selections, classical transcriptions, and contemporary titles written expressly for wind ensemble.
Beginning in 1988, the NCB performed once (sometimes twice) a year at Ottawa’s Centrepointe Theatre. Since 2012, the band has been presenting its formal concerts at local churches, including Britannia United, City View United and Woodroffe United.
During the summer, the NCB presents a bi-weekly “Summer Sounds” series at Andrew Haydon Park (Carling & Holly Acres Road) on Wednesday evenings, from early June to mid-August. You can also catch the band at numerous civic events and at seniors’ residences.
The band has enjoyed trips to Bath, Maine (several exchanges with the Bath Municipal Band) and Dorval, Quebec (visit to the Lakeshore Concert Band). The NCB has hosted several “community band days” since the late 1980s (with participating bands from Ottawa, Quebec, and throughout the Ottawa and Seaway Valleys), and since 2007, has travelled each July to Lake George, NY to participate in the Lake George Community Band Festival.
Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre (35 Stafford Road, Ottawa, ON), and although we work hard at these sessions in order to improve our musical abilities, the emphasis is also on fun and connecting with fellow musicians. Any musician interested in joining the NCB is invited to visit the website and contact us by e-mail.
The NCB is a provincially-registered non-profit organization and depends upon membership fees, concert revenue, and sponsorship from patrons in the public and private sectors, to pay for necessities such as conductor’s honorarium, rental of rehearsal space, equipment maintenance and renewal, and in order to purchase quality repertoire.