Testimonial from Leanne McKerlich
I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful concert. It has been over 16 years since I retired as a secondary school band and choir director in Canada and sitting there listening to your impeccable playing I became quite emotional. Christmas music does that to me anyway, but I started to remember all the concerts, and all the wonderful music I had the privilege to share with my students. What a delight to listen to your full instrumentation and sensitive balancing of all the moving lines in your arrangements. Entries, cutoffs and dynamic range were exact yet subtle. Special kudos to your oboe player and lead trumpeter, and to the percussion section (especially keyboards) . My grandfather played in dance and concert bands in Saskatchewan and passed along his xylophone and concert bells to my mother who in turn gave them to me. I have since found them wonderful homes. Listening to your band took me down so many memory lanes from high school , to university, fellow conductors, students and my own family. You are excellent musical ambassadors and I thank you again for enabling my emotional journey down memory lane.