File photo (Nathan Vercauteren)

The Wallaceburg Concert Band is holding their first-ever public concert on Tuesday night, May 30.

The free show takes place in the Wallaceburg District Secondary School auditorium starting at 7 p.m.

The Wallaceburg Concert Band was a dream of long-time WDSS music teacher Dave Babbitt.

When he retired in 2015, he worked tirelessly with the Wallaceburg & District Council For The Arts and the Lambton-Kent District School Board to make his dream a reality.

Currently, the band consists of a group of 85 volunteers, ranging from the age of nine up to 78.

The group meets weekly to learn the fundamentals of music and to practice various musical scores.

Representatives from the group say their hope is to have a strong group of volunteers who will ensure youth are able to learn to read and play music for free.

With limited music programs in Wallaceburg currently, the group is focused on teaching their members, young and mature, to read music, play an instrument of their choice and preform at concerts for the Wallaceburg community to enjoy.

The program is currently offered at no cost and the group hopes to keep it that way.

The band is currently utilizing the instruments and supplies at WDSS, but the group says they will need to have their own instruments and equipment to ensure the program continues and grows.

Any support, whether donations of instruments or money, is always appreciated by the band.

If anyone is interested in donating, they can contact Babbitt at 519-627-9803.

Watch for coverage following the performance.


– Photo credit: Nathan Vercauteren