Barrie Concert Band Celebrates 150 Years

Barrie Concert Band has a lot to celebrate. One of the city’s oldest bands marks its 150 birthday this year.

To celebrate, musical director Peter Volsey has invited former conductor back to the Barrie Concert Band to share the baton June. 1. The concert will include Rick Pauzé conducting the premiere of his composition which was specially commissioned for the 150th celebration. The concert will also feature internationally renowned tuba player Mark Tetrault.

There are 55 musicians in the band ranging in age from teenage students to seniors. They perform an average of eight concerts each year, winter and summer concerts, as well as local retirement homes.

One of those concerts this year will be on the new outdoor stage at Meridian Place June 16 at 12 noon. Admission to this one is free. It is part of Canadian Band Association weekend, June 14-16 at various locations in Barrie.

The 150th annivesary concert takes place on June at Collier Street Church, 112 Collier Street, 2-4:30 p.m.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, available through or at the door.

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