GRAVENHURST — This will put a spring in your step.

The  Metropolitan Silver Band and Broadsway.

They’re the next two April and May shows in the Muskoka Concert Association season.

On April 14, at 7 p.m., the Metropolitan Silver Band members fill the stage and their sounds fill the rest of the Opera House hall.

Metropolitan Silver Band April 14, Gravenhurst Opera House, 7 p.m.

Founded in 1931, this lively Toronto band plays only brass and percussion instruments.

If that’s not enough, their repertoire includes classics, marches, selections from the great musicals, religious works, pop, and contemporary pieces.
They are led by Fran Harvey, who moved to Muskoka a couple years ago, to join the Muskoka Concert Band. Her husband, Paul Middaugh, is one of their percussionists. They commute each week to practises at the Metropolitan Church in Toronto.

Huntsillve High School saxophonist  Gabrielle White, a Grade 10 student, and one of three recipients of the 2017 Muskoka Concert Band Student Bursary, will be the introductory youth performer.

She started playihg in the sixth grade at Riverside Public School, before moving into town and joining the Huntsville Public School band.

“Since beginning my musical journey, I have collected 12 instruments and am learning to play five of them at the moment. At school, I am in three bands; the Senior Stage Band, the Intermediate Concert Band, and the Senior Concert Band. Outside school, I participate in Muskoka Concert Band, Huntsville Harmony Youth Band, and Muskoka Big Band.

“I won the Muskoka Concert Band Award and got to solo with the band in November 2017.

“My goal is to get a degree in music and hopefully be able to play in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.”


May 6, 7 p.m.

Heather Bambrick, Diane Leah and Julie Michels combine their musical experience in a show that is eclectic, funny and very musical.

Their repertoire ranges from jazz and theatre, to pop and classical… all delivered with passion, power, poignancy, and plenty of humour.

Broadsway! Funny, entertaining and enjoyable.