The North York Concert Band is a community-based musical ensemble of approximately 50 musicians. The individual members are from all walks of life, including students, teachers, accountants, lawyers, doctors, scientists, retirees and general community members who are all enthusiastic performers.
The band performs a wide variety of concerts for the general public – in nursing homes, hospitals, children’s centres, and veteran’s facilities, as well as at outdoor venues and community festivals, both within and beyond the boundaries of Toronto. Over the past 40 year history of the band, it has endeared itself to many countless listeners and players alike.
Over this time, the band has been honored to perform numerous distinguished concerts; these include a special performance at Canada’s first Holocaust Memorial Day in Ottawa and a joint concert with the Yorkminstrels Show Choir. The encouragement and commissioning of works for band from Canadian composers is an important focus of the group’s repertoire. Thus far, the NYCB has commissioned works from several esteemed Canadian composers and arrangers, among them Eddie Graf, Gary Martin, William Wilcox, and Johnny Cowell.