ministration from UBC. In addition to his role as Music Director, Curt continues to enthusiastically teach band part time at local elementary schools in Ladner, where he lives – thereby giving young children the opportunity to learn a band instrument. His own musical path started as a youngster with the piano, followed by the violin, then woodwind and brass instruments. Despite their busy schedule, Curt and his band members also find time to organize one of their favourite projects – the annual outdoor Ladner Bandfest held every June in Ladner’s Memorial Park. The Delta Chamber of Commerce recently honoured Curt with the Special Events & Tourism Award in 2011 for his work creating the Annual Ladner Bandfest – a free event that is now the largest gathering of adult musicians in Western Canada. Although he was acknowledged with the award, Curt humbly emphasizes that the event is really accomplished by a volunteer committee that works tirelessly for months behind the scenes to make it a smooth-running festival.
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Delta Music Makers play at Ladner Bandfest.
“Bands love to come to the Ladner Bandfest,” says Curt. “There’s a camaraderie aspect to the festival and it’s an opportunity for musicians to strut their best stuff. The bands know when they come to the Ladner Bandfest, the audience will be knowledgeable musicians and people who are really interested in bands. Ladner residents have embraced it. Many people spend the whole weekend, bringing their lawn chairs and picnics.” About 20 bands perform at the festival involving about 700 musicians. For 2012, bands such as the Port Moody Community Band, the Vancouver Travelling Band, the Orcas Island Community Band and many others will perform. Hundreds of spectators come to enjoy the outdoor atmosphere. Enthusiastic listeners might just be treated to an eclectic and melodious mix of popular tunes ranging from solemn marches and waltzes to lively jigs and Dixieland jazz. Previous event favourites have included Les Miserable, 76 Trombones, Phantom of the Opera, ABBA and even Elvis. It’s not uncommon to have renowned SL musician Dal Richards show up for a guest appearance.
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