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  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 12:00 PM | Joseph Resendes (Administrator)

    The passing of Michael Purvis-Smith is one in which is deeply felt across the wind band community and academia.  Michael was not only a former colleague and board member of the CBA-Ontario, but he was a gifted composer, conductor, and specialist of western classical music and its history.  On behalf of the CBA-ONTARIO , we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the entire family.

    Here is a lovely tribute written about Michael...

    Purves-Smith: 'Gentle, beautiful'

    He was a Renaissance man transplanted into the 21st century.

  • Friday, April 15, 2016 12:00 PM | Joseph Resendes (Administrator)

    Canadian music has lost a true musical legend on March 30th, 2016 whose loss will be felt by many musicians, composers, ensembles, across the nation.  From a community band perspective, the name Howard Cable rings loud and clear having had contributed a large library of works written for the medium.  Titles such as Ontario PicturesNewfoundland Rhapsody, Quebec Folk Fantasy, Snake Fence Country and so many more have become standard within Canadian concert band literature, and have received numerous performances and recordings.  We at the Canadian Band Association – Ontario Chapter would like to extend our sincerest sympathies to the Cable family for their loss and recognize his memory by sharing some of the many tributes made recently in local media.


    Not only has the CBC written a lovely article on his life, but they also featured an encore presentation of the late Howard Cable hosting This Is My Music.  A lovely segment that we encourage all of you to listen to.  Please visit these links to read and listen.!/blogs/2016/3/Howard-Cable-composer-conductor-arranger-dies-at-95

    Lethbridge Herald: Canadian composer Howard Cable dead

    SlippedDisk:Death of popular Canadian maestro

    Symphony Nova Scotia:

    Canadian music legend Howard Cable dies at 95

    Canadian music legend Howard Cable dies at 95

    The Chronicle Herald (Halifax):

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