This summer the BFDB will again be hosting our friends from the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Band. Plans are in the works for a couple concerts and showing them around different areas of our great Province. Stay tuned as more information will be posted as their arrival comes closer.
On 11 August 2011 thirty members of the band and six support staff and family members travelled to the West Yorkshire Region of England.
The Band of the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service had a busy and exciting week planned for us with concerts, a parade, and opportunity for local sight-seeing.
Over the coming weeks please stay turned for daily recaps of our exchange with the WYFRSB from both 2010 and 2011.
Thursday August 11th: Depart for England
Friday August 12th: Arrive in England
Saturday August 13th: Civic Day
Sunday August 14th: Free Day
Monday August 15th: Whitby and the North Yorkshire Moores
Tuesday August 16th: Masham
Wednesday August 17th: Leeds and Gala Concert
Thrusday August 18th: York and Curry Night
Friday August 19th: Free day and BBQ
Saturday August 20th: Depart for Nova Scotia
To view pictures of the WYFRSB visit this past August click here.
The Bridgewater Fire Department Band has been part of the cultural and civic fabric of this community for 143 years. And although we are a civilian band, we are very much a “service” band. There is no other community-based band in Nova Scotia that does what we do. Every Remembrance Day, we are there. Every Fire Prevention Week, we are there. Every Fishermen’s Memorial Service in Lunenburg, we are there. When the RCMP Musical Ride came to Bridgewater, we were there. When the Portrait of Honour comes to Bridgewater in October, we will be there. All over the province – from Yarmouth to Kentville to Chester to Halifax – we are there, representing our Fire Service, the Town, and the County. Now we have had the honour of representing our province internationally. The full band plays at formal concerts, parades, garden parties, and our smaller groups such as the Big Band, the Dixieland Band and the German Band are also busy all up and down the South Shore playing at events both small and large.
In making the Band Exchanges of 2010-2011 a reality, we have enjoyed the generous support of the Province of Nova Scotia, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, and of course, the Town of Bridgewater and Bridgewater Fire Department, and for that we are grateful. We are also grateful to our faithful concert-goers (some of whom regularly come from as far as the Annapolis Valley) for their ongoing interest and support. To all who have helped in any way, we say Thank You.
The Band now enters a period of rebuilding and recruitment as we prepare for the activities of the fall and winter: more practices, more concerts, more parades; even a dance to prepare for. It simply never stops. But then again, the band does not exist simply for the sake of having a band; more than being entertainers, we are in the pride business. So next when you see those blue fire department uniforms with the red stripes coming down the street in a parade, or hear us on the bandstand at Shipyards Landing, be proud that we have here in Bridgewater what virtually no other community in Canada has: a highly-trained, highly-professional, yet volunteer, group of musicians who collectively donate thousands of hours of year to serving their community. And, just like the Fire Department we represent, the Band, too, is EVER READY.