Burling­ton mark­ing 70 years of Teen Tour Band

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - BURLING­TON POST

A pair of events will cel­e­brate the Burling­ton Teen Tour Band’s 70th an­niver­sary this week.

The group is Canada’s old­est and largest youth march­ing band and to mark the mile­stone, the City of Burling­ton has pro­claimed July 3 to 9 Burling­ton Teen Tour Band Week.

“Burling­ton Teen Tour Band is Canada’s mu­si­cal am­bas­sador and Burling­ton’s pride,” said Mayor Rick Goldring. “Thank you to all alumni and mem­bers for be­ing such ex­cel­lent am­bas­sadors for our city over the last 70 years as you’ve trav­elled the world to share your mu­sic. This week we cel­e­brate the band’s strong and in­flu­en­tial his­tory.”

On Thurs­day, the mayor will be joined by mem­bers of the band, alumni and their fam­i­lies to of­fi­cially pro­claim the name­sake week at Burling­ton City Hall’s Civic Square, 426 Brant St.

The event starts at 11 a.m. and will in­clude a flag-rais­ing.

Lance M. Tib­bet, pres­i­dent of the Tour­na­ment of Roses, will present the city with the of­fi­cial Tour­na­ment of Roses flag since the band has been cho­sen as one of 20 march­ing bands — and the only march­ing band from Canada — to par­tic­i­pate in the Tour­na­ment of Roses Pa­rade in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 1, 2018.

A free con­cert is also planned for Sun­day to com­mem­o­rate the band’s an­niver­sary at the Burling­ton Cen­tral Park Band­shell, 2299 New St., at 7:30 p.m.

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