The Westshore Community Concert Band celebrates 20 years of music

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The Westshore Community Concert Band will celebrate its 20th anniversary in September.

The orchestra brings together musicians from across the Greater Victoria area to perform at nearby community events.

Mike Dominy is the bandleader and founding member of the band. He began his musical career with the Canadian Forces in 1972 and, after a long military career, he is now a sound engineer at Royal Roads University.

“We take the community part of our name very seriously,” Dominy said.

The group has been involved in many musically supported events – Remembrance Day, fire station openings, Christmas tree lightings and more – over the years.

The band is a mixed-skills orchestra with members ranging in age from their early twenties to over 80s. Anyone is welcome with at least three years of gaming experience.

Dominy loves having recent high school graduates join his group.

“Just because you’re not in the high school band anymore doesn’t mean you have to stop playing.”

Like most of the arts, COVID-19 has affected the band’s numbers, with a current roster of 31 musicians, down from its peak of 45.

“The important thing is that we are always looking for new members, always encouraging people to come and keep playing,” he said.

Registration for the new season will take place at 7 p.m. on September 6 in the lower parking lot of Forge Church, 2612 Sooke Rd., Colwood, with rehearsals resuming the following Tuesday.

More information can be found on their website at westshoreband.org.


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