Signing up for our members-only email list
The Band has a private email list which we use for updates on concert cancellations, upcoming events, and rehearsal playlists. To receive these important messages you must sign up by sending an e-mail to email@example.com telling us your name and which section you’re in. (Already signed up? Click HERE to be transferred to the group login page.)
Percussion equipment moving roster
The current version of the roster for moving percussion is available here.
Loaner Instrument Policy
The current version of MCB’s policy on its loaner instruments is available here.
Maps for our shows
Click ‘view larger map’ on a particular map to go to a full-sized one where you can also get directions to the concert.
Flato Markham Theatre
Markham Village Festival (Main St Markham and Robinson)
Orillia Aqua Theatre
RAIN LOCATION for Orillia
Details in the event of rain for Orillia
Doors to the Opera House will only be open at 5:30pm for load in. Band members can enter via the elevator entrance or front door. The elevator entrance is through the double doors – with windows – toward the back of the Opera House, directly across from the Library entrance in the parking lot.
From the elevator, the stage is on the 3rd floor. From the front entrance or ground floor, the stage is on the 1st floor (meaning up the stairs and through the double doors).
Unionville Millennium Bandstand
Chartwell Woodhaven Long Term Care, 380 Church Street
Here’s a link to our Nov 25 Flyer – Please promote and help fill the house!
201811 – A Seasonal Celebration
Message from Doug – Nov 20
It’s the Holiday Season (with Yorkminstrels)
sing-along The First Nowell (with Yorkminstrels)
Button Up (euphs out front)
Toy (Gord out front)
Twas the Night
Christmas on Broadway (with Yorkminstrels)
sing-along Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (with Yorkminstrels)
Message from Yuki – Nov 18
Tribute to Milan from his wife Isobel Warren
Milan was a gentle genius — modest, self-effacing and fun-loving. He saw his greatest achievements as his two children, Paul and Annabelle and adored their amazing partners, Ida and Ximena and their children, Tor and Lou. But his own achievements, which he often downplayed, were many and major.
The only son of immigrants who arrived from Czechoslovakia in 1930, he spoke only Slovak until he started school. He understood enough of numerous mid-European languages to ensure some topsy-turvy travel experiences during our lifetime of recreational travel and two decades as travel journalists. (He could ask for a toilet in 20 languages.)
His love affair with music began with the violin when he was five, moving on to string bass and percussion. He was principal percussionist in the Markham Concert Band for a couple of decades, a master of every percussion instrument known to man but a specialist on tympani. He often appeared with the Canadian Opera Company as an extra or a dancer, lent his fine baritone to Gilbert & Sullivan at St. Anne’s, and we sang constantly at home. Recently, he tackled bagpipes and hoped to join the excellent Guelph Pipe Band.
Milan’s CBC career began straight out of Ryerson as a techie and cameraman before transfer to production where he worked with Vincent Tovell on The Lively Arts and finally as a producer on The Nature of Things. His impeccably researched and crafted science programs won numerous national and international awards. His next step was a professorship at Seneca College where he shared his vast knowledge of TV with countless classes of future broadcasters in the School of Communication Arts.
After ‘retirement’, we embarked on our travel writing vocation, producing two self-published travel guides, a couple of Fodor Travel Guides, and bazillions of articles (his photos, my words) for Canadian and U.S. publications, including The Toronto Star, The Globe, Good Times and many more. We also enjoyed two summer programs at Oxford University in England, soaking up the atmosphere and the wisdom of that holy place.
We lived in Toronto except for a three-year secondment to Montreal during Expo ’67, moved to Guelph in 2016. Wherever he lived, Milan was a friendly, helpful, creative fixer-upper who loved to putter. Essentially an artist, he worked in clay, stained glass, wood, oils and junque.
Milan leaves us with incredible memories of happy and often hilarious family times, rich musical experiences, adventurous travel, some truly peculiar culinary experiments, a collection of red plaid shirts (his Timiskaming tuxedo) and an indelible legacy of one man’s love and devotion.
At his request, reflecting his respect and support for science, Milan’s body was donated to scientific research at The University of Toronto Medical School. There will be no funeral, but the family is creating a memorial service at a later date.
Sunday March 3, Markham Theatre, 2pm
Sunday May 5, Markham Theatre, 2 pm.