Whistler Community Band set for its first major show

Fifteen-member band will play show tunes and jazz classics at Millennium Place

Three years after its founding the Whistler Community Band is poised for its first ever performance at Millennium Place on Friday (Jan. 25).

"This is our first really big venue," said the band's percussionist and unofficial spokesperson Marilyn Crichton. "We've played at Creekbread before and Alpine Market, but we've never played a really big venue like this."

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The eclectic 15-member concert band will play a selection of show tunes, jazz and even pay tribute to the late Robert Burns at the show, in honour of Burns Supper on Jan. 25, a day traditionally celebrating the Scottish poet's life and works.

"Normally, you would eat something disgusting like haggis, but we won't be serving that," joked Crichton. "It's just a little homage to him. I think you're supposed to drink whiskey, but they won't be serving whiskey, and none of us will be wearing kilts."

The band, founded by local conductor and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra alum Alison Hunter, thrives on the diverse makeup of its members, said Crichton.

"We're a very eclectic group. There's all kinds of backgrounds; doctors, teachers, Realtors and we even have two high school students," she said. "It's really fun because music is a unifying thing."

The band, which features woodwind, brass, strings and percussion instruments, practices regularly at Whistler Secondary School and are always looking for new members of all experience levels, said Crichton.

Doors open at Millennium Place at 7 p.m. Alcohol will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and are available at the venue or online at www.artswhistler.com.

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