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Community Bands/Orchestras - Waterloo/Wellington, Ontario, Canada

List of local community bands & orchestras in the Waterloo/Wellington region of Ontario, Canada
See also: canadian community band & orchestra resources.

Here is a list of the community bands/orchestras that rehearse in the Guelph/Cambridge/Kitchener-Waterloo area. There are other bands which are also close by but I have limited this list to bands that are within a 30 minute drive from Guelph. Other bands which are a bit further away can be found on my community band/orchestra resources page.

Trying to find a band/orchestra that suits your playing style and schedule can be tricky sometimes. In order to help you out, I have listed what I consider to the local bands (that I know about about) along with when they rehearse. The conductors are also listed. All of this info is up to date as of March 2008 - I don't forsee any of the below information changing anytime in the near future.

Each of the below groups are different. Over the last few years I've played in most of them. Some play relatively straight-forward/easy music, others undertake more technical/challenging repertoire. Some of the groups are quite big (50+ members) and some are quite small (20ish members). Lastly, some of them are run very well, while others leave quite a bit to be desired in that department. But all in all, these is a very active music scene around Guelph that offers a lot of playing opportunities. Some of these are very good bands/orchestras. Check out the contact information provided by the below links and try them out for yourself. If you have any questions about any of these bands, and can't get a hold of them, just give me a shout and I will do my best to point you in the right direction.

List of local community bands & orchestras and what evenings they rehearse on:

Mon. Tue. Wed. Thur. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Waterloo Concert Band
[cond: Trevor Wagler]

Cambridge Concert Band
[cond: Brent Rowan] 2

Kitchener Musical Society Band
[cond: Dave Davidson]

Waterloo Regional Police Services Band
[cond: Robin Habermehl]

Galt Kiltie Band
[cond: Brian Beard]

Fergus Brass Band
[cond: Bill French]

KW Community Orchestra
[cond: Dan Warren] info

Breslau, Bloomingdale
and Maryhill Concert Band

no website info
[cond: Bryon Hagedorn]
beginner, intermediate & senior bands

New Hamburg Concert Band
no website
[cond: ??]
New Hamburg

Acton Citizen's Band Junior Band
[cond: George Elliott] info

UofG Concert Winds
no website info
[cond: John Goddard]

Caledon Concert Band
[cond: Rob Kinnear]

Ayr-Paris Band
[cond: Merry Schmidt]

Acton Citizen's Band
[cond: George Elliott] info

Stratford Concert Band
[cond:Laurence Gauci]

Waterloo Chamber Players
[cond: Ben Bolt Martin]
Waterloo (semi-pro)

UofW Orchestra
[cond: Erna Van Daele]

UofG Orchestra
[cond: Henry Janzen]

(cancelled Sept/2005)

    Wellington Wind Symphony
(formerly Wellington Winds)
[cond: Dan Warren]

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra
(formerly known as Cambridge Community Orchestra)

[cond: Sabatino Vacca]

Guelph Concert Band
[cond: Chris Cigolea]

(1) To my knowledge the following bands do some marching/parades: Stratford Concert Band, Galt Kiltie Band, Ayr-Paris Band, Cambridge Concert Band, Acton Citizen's Band..
(2) The Ayr-Paris Band also has a "beginner band" in addition to their main band, in which both adults and youth can learn to play an instrument.
(3) The Acton Citizen's Band also has a junior band that practices on a separate night. Complete beginners can join and get free music lessons.

Other Musical Groups

I have also heard about these other bands but don't know much about them. For most, I have no idea where/when they practice.

  • Salvation Army Band (Guelph), aka Guelph Citadel Band - brass band - part of the Guelph Salvation Army church, rehearsals: Thursday nights
  • Salvation Army Band (Cambridge)- brass band
  • Salvation Army Band (Kitchener) - brass band
  • Portuguese Band - Lira Do Espirito Santo (Cambridge) - brass band

Finding Contact Information

For the above bands/orchestras that do not have websites (or websites lack contact information), contact information can usually be found from:

Best of luck!


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