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Mill Creek Colliery Band

The MILL CREEK COLLIERY BAND (MCCB) seeks to promote the British brass band tradition in Western Canada, employing all the traditional instruments of that ensemble.

The name of the band pays homage to the historical connection between 19th century working class northern England, and the brass bands which flourished during that time. The name also refers to a prominent ravine area in Edmonton, itself the site of important coal mining activity in the early days.

The MCCB had its beginnings as a small brass ensemble in 1995, with the first performance broadcast on CBC, June 21, 1996. After this 'trial by fire' experience, the band remained for several years as an 11 to 15-member ad hoc group. This all changed in 2001, when the band expanded to a full 25-member group, using the standard instrumentation of the traditional British-style brass band. The band consisted then, as now, of a mixture of professional and serious amateur players, who all share a similar enthusiasm for brass band music and fellowship.

The other significant change in 2001 was the instigation and promotion of their own season of subscription concerts. This popular format includes audience favorites at Christmas, as well as a seasons finale, 'the last night of the proms'. During each subsequent season, the MCCB has continued to broaden its audience base, with invitational appearances at festivals and other community events.

Most concerts are held in Edmonton with occasional visits to other towns and cities in north-central Alberta, such as successful concerts in the communities of St. Albert, Spruce Grove, Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan and Bonnyville.

In 2005, the band traveled to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to participate in the annual Prairie Brass Band Festival. This annual event draws bands from across western Canada, with the MCCB hosting this festival in Edmonton in 2004.

One recent highlight was being invited to perform before HRH The Queen, during the Alberta Centennial Celebrations in May 2005. The band participated in an event at the Commonwealth Stadium, with an estimated audience of over 30,000 people.

The MCCB has been honored to be associated with a number of fine conductors. The internationally renown Canadian composer, MALCOLM FORSYTH, was the resident conductor of the band for two seasons, 2002 - 2004. Local conductor and violinist, AARON AU took over the baton at the start of the 2004/5 season.

As well, the band has been fortunate to work with several well-known brass band conductors who have made guest appearances with the band. These include distinguished British conductor and composer DEREK BROADBENT and Canadian conductor and band trainer, BRAM GREGSON. The band is pleased to have a special relationship with the respected brass band composer and conductor KEVIN NORBURY who serves as an advisor to the band and has been a regular guest of the MCCB at workshops and concerts. Kevin also wrote a commissioned work 'A Celebratory Overture' for the band that was premiered in 2005.

In an effort to promote brass banding the MCCB is available for performances at special events (workshops, festivals, school concerts, etc.).

It is anticipated that the MCCB will be releasing their first CD in 2007 and hopes to continue building upon the successes of previous years.

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