Scout House Seeking Band Director/Business Manager

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Preston Scout House Band Inc. is seeking expressions of interest from individuals qualified to serve in the new position of Band Director/Business Manager.

Anyone interested should submit a complete resume including qualifications, previous experience and special skills to the Scout House Board of Directors secretary at email scouthousesecretary [at] yahoo [dot] ca no later than Tuesday, January 31, 2017. A complete list of duties and responsibilities for the new position is available from the Board secretary.

Preston Scout House Band, of Cambridge, is one of Canada’s most successful and popular drum and bugle corps, performing more than 450 stage concerts, street parades and field shows since the group’s first concert at the Great Alliance of Seniors (GAS) annual reunion in Mississauga in spring 1999. Scout House alumni started rehearsing in the fall of 1998 for what was planned to be a single performance, then carried on in response to many requests for more performances. Since then, Scout House Band has performed at events across Ontario and Quebec and 10 American states: New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland and Florida.

The Band has received a City of Cambridge award for cultural achievement in music. Scout House was the winner of the inaugural award to a large non-profit group in the 1st annual Cambridge and North Dumfries Chamber of Commerce Community Awards program in 1913, the organization’s 75th anniversary year. Founding director Wilf Blum and the entire original group, known in the 1950s and 1960s as “Canada’s famous Scout House Band” have been named to the City of Cambridge Hall of Fame.

The Band has been featured in many of the best-known festivals and special events in Canada and the eastern United States, including the Barnum Festival in Bridgeport, Connecticut; 14 performances since 2002 at Drum Corps Associates (DCA) Alumni Spectacular field shows in Scranton Pennsylvania, Rochester New York and Annapolis Maryland; Music Under the Stars field shows in Hornell New York; Scout House International Invitational Tattoo field shows in Waterloo; nationally televised Kitchener/Waterloo Oktoberfest parades; Burlington Sound of Music Festival; Preston Canada Day parades on July 1, the largest event of its kind in the country.

Preston Scout House Band, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with registered charity status able to issue tax receipts to donors, incorporated under the Corporations Act of the Province of Ontario on November 29, 1956.

The multi-unit organization offers individuals of any age the opportunity to “Arrange the soundtrack of your life” in marching arts activities starting as young as age 8 and continuing throughout life. These units are:

*Preston Scout House Cadets drum and bugle corps for young men and women up to age 22, Silver Award winners at the 2016 Drumline Ontario provincial championships;

*Preston Scout House Band for those over age 18, performing concerts, parades and field shows annually across southern Ontario and neighbouring states;

*Silver Leaves brass ensemble, which rehearses in the winter for appearances at drum corps and community events throughout the year;

*Magic of Scout House competitive winter guard, established in the fall of 2014 and undefeated in its first two seasons of North East Color Guard Circuit contests;

*Heritage Drill Team, with members wearing tight black shorts, knee socks, short sleeved burgundy tunics, white gauntlets and Aussie hats as in the 1950 and ‘60s.

For more information about Preston Scout House Band Inc. activities, contact telephone (519) 653-3376, email prestonscouthouseband [dot] adm [at] sympatico [dot] ca or visit the website at:

Posted by on Wednesday, December 28th, 2016. Filed under Current News, DCA News, FrontPage Feature.