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Holland College Welshmen rehearsing for first concert

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Holland College WelshmenMembers of our community band, the Holland College Welshmen, are getting their chops up to scratch for their first concert of the school year, to be held 7:30 p.m., November 24th, in the Charlottetown Centre gym.

The band, which now boasts 52 members, is led by one of our own, BISD learning manager Alan Dowling. Alan’s got an impressive list of credentials, including being an alumnus of Berklee, the prestigious college of  music in Boston.

To those not familiar with the history of the college’s Charlottetown Centre building, the name of the band may be a bit puzzling. The band was named in honour of the Prince of Wales College, which was located in the building on Weymouth Street for many years before it amalgamated  with St. Dunstan’s University to form the University of Prince Edward Island in 1968. Many Prince of Wales alumni come to the band’s performances, in part, I suspect, to enjoy the nostalgia they feel walking into the building.

Big brass

This is only the band’s second year, but the membership is increasing in leaps and bounds. In addition to staff, students, and alumni from the college, we have high school students, UPEI undergraduate and graduate students, a UPEI professor, a retired judge, a dentist, a nurse, an innkeeper, a video game developer, and a librarian.

Alan and the bandThe band gives these musicians, some of whom haven’t played an instrument in several years, an opportunity to play in a band again. The group meets once a week (usually on Tuesdays) throughout the school year to practice, and receives many requests to play at functions out in the community as well as at college events.

You can find the band on Facebook and MySpace, or, if you’re interested in joining, e-mail Alan.

See you at the concert!

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Written by Sara Underwood

November 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm

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