Brockville – The Brockville & Area Music & Performing Arts Hall of Fame committee has counted the votes and is ready to announce this year’s inductees into the hall.
Ed Bush – Pipe Major Ed Bush of the Glengarry Pipe Band led many of his extended family into the piping and drumming world. He is also an outstanding soloist bandsman. Pipe major, teacher, composer, organizer and judge, Ed began piping at the age of seven. At 16, Ed dominated the amateur competition field, winning top prizes. He became a professional piper in 1978 winning many first place prizes in both light music and piobairachal. Ed has enjoyed competitive success with a string of leading pipe bands.
Rolly Evans – Drum Corps was Rolly’s passion and he was involved with them in one capacity or another since he was 12 years old when he joined the Lamplights in Smiths Falls. When he moved to Brockville in the early 1970s, he and John Craig of the Lions Club started the Brockelles Drum & Bugle Corps – an all-girls organization. In 1996, Rolly again worked alongside members of the Brockville lions Club and helped form the Lions Steel Drum Band. Rolly was a proud volunteer with Riverfest, Ookpik and other local festivals. He worked behind the scenes to help organize, promote and raise funds to help bring musical entertainment to our community.
Alex Fleuriau Chateau – Classically trained in voice, Alex has been performing professionally and teaching voice in Brockville for the last 16 years. Alex taught voice for 10 years in the St. Lawrence College Music Theatre Performance Program as well as maintaining a thriving private voice studio. Alex embodies everything of what a great teacher should be; he volunteers his talent and time over and over again in our community and continues to inspire his students through his teaching, volunteering and performing with groups such as: Brockville Operatic Society, the Brockville Theatre Guild, the Maple Leaf Brass Band, the Brockville Concert Band, the Brockville Community Choir, Alexander’s Big Time Band and at the Palliative Telethon and Sunday in the Park. He is a passionate supporter of our youth and has most recently been instrumental in the formation and operation of Youth Opportunities in the Arts.
Reg Francis – Reg has been involved with music throughout his entire life. He plays the trumpet and has been a member of the Infidelity Band, The Black Muckdiggers and The Kerr Boys. Reg co-founded the Brockville Multicultural Festival in 1981 as a project to celebrate and promote Brockville’s ethnic diversity. Reg is also the co-founder of the Brockville Lions Steel Band which began in 1996. Reg continues to be actively involved with this organization, attending all parades and concerts.
Brenda Lewis – Brenda was born in Brockville and raised in Prescott, later moving to Guelph, Ontario. After graduating from South Grenville District High School, she discovered her true gift of singing. Over her 20 plus year music career, Brenda’s carefully crafted CDs have received radio airplay on CBC, BBC and Jazz FM 91.1 Toronto. As well, she has guested on vocals and harmonies on many other artists CDs. Recently she has performed at Merrickville’s Jazz Fest and the 1000 Islands Jazz and Blues Festival. Brenda has always stayed closely connected with her birthplace and home town’s family, friends and music fans. Her critically acclaimed CD “Jazzlike” is a best seller.
The 1000 Islands Chorus – The mandate of the Thousand Islanders Chorus is to empower women through a cappella music, friendship, education and opportunity while instilling joy in the community. They have been performing harmony in barbershop style in the Brockville area for over 46 years, performing at no cost at venues ranging from schools, long term care homes, retirement homes and numerous fundraising events. They exemplify great music and great friends – a winning combination for any group!
This group will be inducted into the Brockville & Area Music & performing Arts Hall of fame in a special ceremony Thursday April 18 th at the Brockville Arts Centre.
The Red Carpet show is at 6:30 with the inductions to follow at 7 pm. The show will be broadcast on Your TV Channel 10.