Non profit group recognition – The Barrhaven Community Concert Band

When I created this blog, my main goal was to celebrate the people of Barrhaven. Today’s post is special to me, because I get to celebrate 40 individuals who bring the gift of music to so many of us in the community.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of taking in a performance by the Barrhaven Community Concert Band, I strongly urge you to do so. They play a wide range of music, but I’m particularly fond of their tribute to Stevie Wonder.

Let’s extend a warm thank you to the volunteers who make this all happen.

The Barrhaven Community Concert Band
The Barrhaven Community Concert Band is now rehearsing for their fall concert series.

The Barrhaven Community Concert Band (BCCB) was established in the summer of 2011 by Lisa Hazel and Lisa Nudelman, both long time residents of Barrhaven. Now entering its 4th season, the band has grown to 40 adult and student members. Our members play the following instruments:

  • flutes
  • clarinets
  • oboes
  • saxophones
  • french horns
  • trumpets
  • trombones
  • tuba
  • percussion

We’re always looking for more players in all categories of concert band instruments and will welcome any musician who can play at a minimum of a high school level. Rehearsals for our next season will begin on Tuesday, September 16th, at John McCrae S.S. at 7pm. Please see our website ( for more information or to fill out a Registration Form if you would like to join the band. If you’re a high school student, you will also be eligible to earn volunteer hours upon participation in the BCCB’s season’s performance schedule.

Our conductor is Stephen Szabo, a music/band teacher at John McCrae Secondary School in Barrhaven. We rehearse every Tuesday evening from September to June.

As a community band, we love to perform at various functions in Barrhaven and surrounding communities. Over the past four years, we’ve performed concerts at various locations around our area, including:

  • Barrhaven Legion #641
  • Cedarview Alliance Church
  • Longfields Davison Heights SS
  • Woodroffe United Church
  • and at many Retirement Homes such as:
  • Longfields Manor
  • The Court at Barrhaven
  • Crystal View Lodge
  • Oakpark Retirement Home
  • Stillwater Creek Retirement Residence

We’ve also played the national anthem at Canadian Tire Centre for a Ottawa Skyhawks basketball game and have performed twice at the Barrhaven Canada Day festivities. We have also performed with talented vocalists such as Kelsey Hayes, and Harmonic Generation, as well as other bands such as the New Horizon’s Jazz Band.

Our goal is to improve the musical ability of our members. Each week, our conductor shares his passion for music as well as his knowledge and expertise, and challenges members with a rewarded feeling after each practice and performance. There is also a special camaraderie between members, making our experiences even more special.

The BCCB has its own executive committee and meets every 2 months to discuss, plan, and decide on ways to foster the growth of the band.

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