Nanaimo Concert Band Welcomes Their New Music Director Mr. Dave Fullerton To Their Podium.
Mr. Fullerton will debut at our Annual Spring Concert Sunday April 14. 2019 at the Port Theatre !
After 22 years of leading the Nanaimo Concert Band on a remarkable journey, LCol (ret) Gerry Klaassen is stepping down from the podium. Gerry has been a real inspiration to the band and a real leader and we wish him well in his retirement in Victoria. He will be missed by the band and our audience who he has left such a great impression on.
Though we are sad to see Gerry go, it gives us great pleasure to announce that Nanaimo Concert Band has chosen Mr. Dave Fullerton as their new Music Director. It is an exciting time for the band.
“I wish the new conductor, Dave Fullerton, much success. His experience with other similar groups will lend itself to continue the band’s high status in and for the city and area of Nanaimo. “
Gerry Klaassen LCol (Ret)
“ I am both honored and thrilled to have been chosen to be the next Musical Director of the Nanaimo Concert Band. Since moving to the Island several years ago, I have attended all of the NCB concerts and have seen, first hand, the large and dedicated audiences that this band has captured with their music. I have come to understand well that this fine ensemble, under the Direction of Maestro Gerry Klaassen for the past 22 years, has sustained a tradition of musical excellence and public service that stems from its beginnings in 1872. As their new Director, I pledge to honor and serve this legacy. “
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What The band has to say:
We, too, are thrilled to welcome Dave into the NCB family, and are eager for him to both push our musical boundaries and help us build exciting new bridges.
Shari Barker, who has been playing clarinet in the band for 37 years, says “The energy Dave brings to the podium is contagious. Even in the short time he has been on the podium I am learning something new and see improvement in my playing. And he is making it fun”
Barker dropped hints of the concert year ahead “People should expect great things, surprises and must-attend concerts.”
The band will be playing the same type of music repertoire that our audience has come to love and expect but Mr. Fullerton brings with his vision, his passion for both traditional music and new concert band pieces.
Under Dave’s leadership, we will continue with what the band is so well known for in the last 147 years……… A program that is well played and entertains, leaving the audience wanting more!
Mr. Fullerton will debut at our Annual Spring Concert, Sunday April 14. 2019 at the Port Theatre !