Once again Manotick Brass delighted the audience at this year’s Manotick Musicale held May 7 at the United Church in Manotick. The ensemble’s upbeat music was complimented by their stunning costumes simulating a colourful marching band.
The theme of the 2016 Manotick Musicale was the musical “Bye Bye Birdie” which was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the US Army in 1957. In keeping with the theme of the show the first set presented by Manotick Brass was a selection of patriotic American music which included “Armed Forces Tribute”, “American Patrol” and George M. Cohan Medley.” In keeping with the music the players dressed in the patriotic US colours of red, white and blue complete with shako hats and plumes!
For their second set Manotick Brass played a selection of popular tunes from the late fifties including a medley of Elvis hits titled “All Shook Up!”
The Musicale program also included the ever popular Manotick Village Singers a group formed specifically for Manotick Musicale. Performing entirely from memory with eye catching costumes and chorography the Village Singers have become a firm favourite with the audience. Also appearing this year for the first time was the Canterbury trio, comprising young singers from Canterbury High School in Ottawa who delighted the audience with their musicality.
Manotick Musicale again was a sell out with all of the proceeds from ticket sales going to support Rural Ottawa South Support Services (ROSSS).