Parrsboro Citizens' Band



Rehearsals:   Mondays  7:00 pm   at The Hall, 44 King St., Parrsboro

Junior Band:  Tuedays   7:00 pm   at The Hall
Everyone welcome to drop in and visit, bring an instrument and play.

The Parrsboro Citizens' Band is one of the oldest, continously performing community bands in the country.    With a recorded, pardon the pun, history going back to 1877 it still performs in the community for various community events such as Canada Day and presents several concerts a year.     Down in numbers from its hey day under Bandmaster Bernie Burke, a small dedicated group of musicians travel every Monday from Amherst, Springhill, Diligent River and the community to meet at 7:00 pm for two hours of rehearsal.     Carrying on the tradition of the Parrsboro Cornet Band the current group continues to add to the cultural life of the community of Parrsboro in a vibrant way.

The band participating in the annual Spring Concert, 2013

The band is open to any and all persons who are interested in ensemble playing and anyone who wishes should drop by The Hall, 44 King St any Monday evening.
If anyone is not sure of their skills having set their instrument aside for several, or many years, they should stop in on Tuesday evenings when a mixed group of youth and adults learn, or relearn the joy of playing.
The band numbers unfortunately continue to dwindle and anyone who has played, or would like to return to playing is encouraged to come out and join in and help the band continue this 136 year old tradition.


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July 1, 2013

Band and Choir Help Celebrate at Ottawa House


The band was first to perform and entertained with some cheerful music to offset the gloom of the day

It was not the best of weather but that did not dampen the spirits of a good crowd of residents that gathered at Ottawa House for the annual Canada Day celebration.  The band had to set up on the porch to keep dry, and with an electronic keyboard it was deemed best that the choir move indoors completely until they combined with the band for a spirited rendition of "Oh Canada"

The band performed for a very appreciative audience, which was also jammed up on the porch to avoid the deluge.

Moving inside the choir filled the dining room with music

Inside the choir was warmly received as they tried out for the first time a humorous version of "My Favourite Things"
Some of the appreciative audience who took in today's festivities

It is always a pleasure to be able to support our community with music at this event, which has been being held at Ottawa House for the past 30 years.  Apparently, according to local historian Conrad Byers, this is only the third time since 1980 that rain has hindered the annual celebration of the founding of our nation.

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Band Participates in Film Festival



The Parrsboro Citizens' Band went back to their roots on October 14, 2011 when it provided a live musical accompaniment for a silent film on the opening night of the First Annual Parrsboro Film Festival.

The film "Le Voyage dans la Lune by George Metier, was recorded in 1902 and as there was, at that time, no scores provided for movies, Rob Bentley chose four pieces of music from the era (ranging from 1899 to 1903) to use to accompany the film.

The band performed these pieces,in whole or in part as dictated by the 'action' on the screen and also provided various 'sound effects', much to the delight of the audience.

The presentation of this film, with its live music, started the Film Festival off on a very positive note and the band is justifiably pleased with having been able to make a contribution to this enormously successful event.