Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Interview with Jon Law

Jon Law
Peterborough Concert Band

The Peterborough Concert Band

Now that is some SCOOP that shows commitment to community involvement! Back to the Peterborough Concert Band. We were treated to a concert at the Riverview Park and Zoo in Peterborough. The highlight for me was a piece of music performed by the entire band that was composed by Jon Law. I wondered how he came up with such an amazing arrangement. Jon tells me, “The Otonabee March was written over ten years ago and didn’t really have a title and had never been performed. Our lead conductor Peter Sudbury was more than willing to have the band play it and it found its way into our concert folder”. I asked Jon if he had a favorite performance piece and why? He replies … “In this year’s folder it’s our big “wow” number “Malaguena” from the Adalucian suite. The arrangement we play shows everything that makes us a great band, dynamics, technical challenges, and soloists”. Jon also shares that his favorite composer is … “Hands down, Sir Arthur Sullivan, and not just for his well known works with W.S. Gilbert for the Savoy Theatre. He wrote some amazing pieces, including one for his dying brother”. As Manager of the Peterborough Concert Band, I wondered what Jon’s duties were prior to and during a production. Jon states simply … “As the manager I arrange for our gigs, negotiate fees, and make sure we have a large enough space for both band and audience. The day of the gig I make sure our truck arrives an hour ahead of the gig so we can set up and be ready to start warming up 30 minutes ahead of the gig”.
(To Be Continued)

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