The Manotick Brass has recreated the uniforms for the Manotick Village Band which was active in the late 1800s.
The original Manotick Village Band circa 1895
In the late 1800s Manotick had an active Village Band which was a popular attraction at local events and dances. In 2009, as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations for the founding of the Village of Manotick, the Manotick Brass recreated the original band uniforms using an old black and white photograph. Our version of the original band was somewhat smaller but still added greatly to the 150th celebrations and other local events.
Rideau Canal Official Opening Ceremony Watson's Mill 150th anniversary celebrations
To add to the period atmosphere offered by this unique quintet we have searched out early Canadian compositions which would have likely been played by the original band. These special arrangements include: “Sunset on the St. Lawrence” attributed to the Canadian music publisher Frederick Harris; the Canadian march “High Park”; “Moonlight on the Rideau” composed by Dorothy Spence of Perth, ON and “Vive les Canadiens!” a medley of early Canadian folk songs.
Watson's Mill 150th anniversary celebrations
Our Ceremonial Brass Quintet has performed for the 150th anniversary celebrations for both the Village of Manotick and th historic Watson’s Mill as well as for the Rideau Canal opening ceremonies.
The Village Band entertains on Mill Opening Day
During the summer months our Ceremonial Brass can be heard on some Sunday afternoons playing in historic Dickinson Square in Manotick. This was a popular venue for the original band and during the summer of 2012 we will be working with the Rideau Historical Society to present musical Victorian teas on the lawn of Dickinson House. Dates will be posted on this web site.
The Village Band with Watson's Mill staff
The Village Band