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A proud history, a commitment to excellence and a shared passion for brass bands
Now in its 96th season, The Weston Silver Band (WSB) traces its continuous history back to 1921 when it was created as the Weston Boys’ Band by George Sainsbury. Under the baton of Music Director Larry Shields, the bands membership is made up of accomplished brass players from the GTA and surrounding areas.
Based in Weston (Toronto), the WSB presents a concert series during the fall and winter season in Toronto at CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio, and maintains a busy performance schedule in venues throughout the GTA and southern Ontario.
Five time winners of the Hannaford Cup, an annual Award of Excellence at Toronto’s Festival of Brass, as well as Best Soloist awards for members Brad Norton, cornet (2011) and Robert Miller, euphonium (2013) and Matthew Ross, flugelhorn (2015), the WSB has recently gained international recognition as a performing ensemble.
Weston became the first Canadian Brass Band invited to perform at the US Open Brass Band Championships, in Chicago, Illinois with a third place podium finish in 2009 and a US Open Best Soloist win for WSB Euphonium virtuoso Robert Miller in 2010.
In 2014, the WSB returned to competition at the North American Brass Band Championships after an 18 year hiatus, and is the first and only Canadian Brass Band to win section titles at the contest, winning first place honours in the 2nd section in 2014. Moving up to First Section in 2015, the WSB repeated their top prize winning result. Following a 2nd place finish in 2016, the WSB decisively reclaimed 1st place at The Championships in March 2017.
Through excellent artistic and educational performances for musicians and communities, the WSB actively seeks to promote the brass band tradition as an important part of the cultural heritage of the Province of Ontario as well as a dynamic and unique voice for contemporary composers and arrangers.
Larry Shields began his musical training in the Salvation Army York Temple, and played bass trombone in Weston Silver Band until 1992. He is an honours graduate of Humber College in Music Performance. In addition to Weston, Larry is the Jazz Director of the National Music Camp of Canada. A busy freelance musician, he is Head of Music at Del La Salle College, an independent school in Toronto.
Robert Miller is a Besson/Buffet-Crampon Artist and Clinician, and has established himself as one of Canada’s leading euphonium soloists. Currently, he is Principal Euphonium of the Weston Silver Band and the Mississauga Temple Band; and has instructed euphonium as a member of the University of Toronto Faculty since 2007.
Brad Norton ( Principal)
Laura Van Staveren