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 18, 2011

Interview with Jon Law

Jon Law
Peterborough Concert Band

Band Manager Jon Law (Part 2)

Not only are “back up plans” important and “contingency plans critical”, it is also wise to have “layout reconfigurations” ready at hand. For many festivals and events, it is critical to have volunteers! I asked Mr. Law "how many volunteers do you require for your Concerts and do you have any systems in place to keep them happy”. He replies … “Our volunteers are our members. I make sure the truck is there and that our host has chairs out for us and they gladly take care of the rest”. With the exception of chairs, the band comes in a delivery truck. We also have our own sound system". I wondered if the Peterborough Concert Band Manager had any ideas about how to “keep things fresh” for the patrons and performers alike? As mentioned before, the Band can perform music from Beethoven to Glee. Jon states that … “Our folder is changed a lot during the winter months and contains enough music for about 2 completely unique shows”. I was wondering how many people were active with the Concert Band, we did mention the ages of the members, but I also wondered what the criteria was to belong to the Band. The Peterborough Concert Band … as Jon tells us is “currently have 40+ active members ranging in age from 15 to 80 and beyond. We accept anyone who can handle the level of music we play. There is a trial period for new members to make sure they fit well with the band”. We practice once a week from September to mid August”.
(Conclusion of this interview next week)

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