January 1994, I initiated a music instruction program for adults (primarily
seniors) which teaches them to perform on wind instruments in a concert
program has run for the last ten years at La Salle Secondary School (Kingston),
two hours daily, four days a week with the fifth day primarily for new
entry students. At present, the course has over forty students. Of this
number, six are original members from the first year of the course and
the rest of the band is in their second year or more. There are seven
students in their first semester as new beginners.
The band performs many concerts during the academic year and
continues each summer with rehearsals and concerts outside of the school.
The Adult Band (as it is known in the high school) frequently performs
with the teenaged high school concert band in rehearsal and concert settings.
In September of 2004, I began my PhD at McGill studying this program and completed my residency in the spring of 2005. Having successfully defended my thesis in December of 2008, I graduated with the degree Doctor of Philosophy in the spring of 2009.
La Salle Community Concert Band
Listen: Puttin' On The Ritz