The Nanaimo Concert Band, known as the oldest continuous community band in Canada,
was established in 1872. Today the band has over 55 members, representing a wide
range of ages and walks of life.
The band is recognized in the musical community as one of the finest such groups
in the country. The Nanaimo Concert Band has won numerous awards over the years,
has been admired by other community bands with which it has shared musical appearances,
and has attracted some of the most experienced music directors in the country.
In 1997 the band was honoured by receiving a Nanaimo cultural award presented by
the City of Nanaimo for contributing to the promotion of musical excellence. The
band has played for the Empire Days celebration throughout Nanaimo's history, has
played for the opening of major public buildings, Royal visits, of course Bathtub
Race celebration performances and every Remembrance Day ceremony since World War
One, without fail.
The band continues to participate in community events, and delights Nanaimo and surrounding
areas on Vancouver Island with the timeless sounds of concert band music."