A Short History
The origin of the Concert Band of Cobourg can be traced back to 1855 when the Cobourg Brass Band made its debut.
It became associated with the military in 1862 and also became known as The Band of the 6th Northumberland Militia.
In the late 1800's, when it added woodwinds, it became known solely as the Cobourg Citizens Band. In 1898, the band was taken over by the military and renamed the 40th Battalion Artillery Band.
However, in 1905 the name The Cobourg Citizens Band was re-instituted.
In 1920, as a result of a leadership disagreement, an offshoot band was formed, The Cobourg Concert Band. A year later the disagreement was resolved and the two bands reunited under the name The Concert Band of Cobourg (Kilties), adopting the highland dress for its uniform. The Cobourg Concert Band (Kilties), eventually better known as the Cobourg Kiltie Band, was an important cultural part of Cobourg’s heritage for many years, yet by the late 1960's interest waned and the remaining members disbanded.
The kilted form of dress was abandoned with the uniform eventually evolving into that seen today.
In 1975, the band accepted the invitation to represent the Royal Marines Association of Ontario and donned the distinctive white pith helmets for parades and tattoos.
With the approval of the Town of Cobourg and the Royal Marines School of Music in the U.K., the band was honoured to add the distinction of The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Association, Ontario to its name.
Mr. White retired in 2000 with the title Director of Music Emeritus, after 30 years of dedicated service.
As a result of Mr. White’s efforts, and the ensuing leadership of Mr. Paul Storms, The Concert Band of Cobourg is one of the most sought after bands for parades and military tattoos throughout Ontario and beyond.
- The Royals and
- The Big Easy 7 (right).
The Royals are led by trombonist Bill Crawford, and play the music of the big-band swing era.
Tribute to Tom MacMillan
In December 2012, after 32 years of dedicated service, Tom MacMillan retired from active duty as Drum Major with the Concert Band of Cobourg.
This video includes clips of his contribution.