Gerry Klaassen, Lieutenant-Colonel (retired)
The Nanaimo Concert Band is proud to be under the leadership of Gerry Klaassen since the mid 1990’s. Mr. Klaassen has an extensive musical background. In the military he played in the regimental bands of the Canadian Guards, the Royal Canadian Artillery and the Royal Canadian Regiment. He was also training officer at the Canadian Forces School of Music, Director and Commanding Officer of both the Naden Band, Esquimalt and the Royal Canadian Artillery Band, Montreal. He was then posted to National Defense Headquarters, Ottawa where he was Staff Officer Bands then Supervisor of Music of all Canadian Forces bands. In that position he was also advisor to the Minister of National Defense on issues regarding music in the Canadian Forces.
In his spare time while in the the military and before he became an officer, he played in night clubs, German bands, Polish weddings, community musicals and other events where music was required. During his retirement here on the island he has conducted local community bands, adjudicated music festivals and plays flute and bass in bands and small groups.