No Sleeping Sickness Here Visiting Bandmaster Learns
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From the Newmarket Era Thursday April 8, 1937
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Editor Congratulates Town On Possession Of Fine Band
A band concert was given by the Citizens's Band under Orville Ganton in the town
hall Sunday evening.
Lieut. J. Andrew Wiggins of Toronto in his brief address stated "A community without a band is certainly in need of a doctor. If left alone it will be only a short time until it will be dead as a door-nail.
"Years of experience has taught me that a town that has not the community spirit to appreciate its musicians is afflicted with community sleeping sickness which if allowed to continue will leave nothing to look forward to but creeping paralysis" he said.
Mr. Wiggins, secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Bandmasters' Association, editor of the Canadian Bandmaster, was a visitor in town on Sunday. Mr. Wiggins attended the band concert and also attended the United Church service. He has been very interested in church choirs for 35 year.
Speaking at the band concert he seemed very pleased with the band's progress. He commended both citizens and bandsmen for their aggressiveness, and also pointed out the important part played by the local paper.
The band, no double inspired by his visit, played a very fine program that featured Jack Arlitt in a cornet solo, Lustspiel overture, a selection from the opera "Faust", Bucolossi's Hunting Scene, a group of hymn tunes and other numbers that were all well received.
Mr. Geo. Walsh drew rounds of applause with his accordion solos, especially the one accompanied by the band.
Harry Lambert acted as chairman and kept the audience in excellent humor.
He congratulated the band on giving a fine series of winter concerts, and hoped they could arrange another series for next season.