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This website is meant to give a small recounting of the history of Arthur Delamont and his world famous Vancouver Kitsilano Boys Band. A Vancouver musical institution from 1928 to 1974. It can be said that the beginning of the youth band movement in Canada was started by the fine example of this band. Through this site you can stay connected with the Kitsilano Boys Band Alumni Association. Presently their function is to hold a reunion concert every two years at the Kitsilano Showboat in Vancouver. The next reunion is tentatively scheduled for 2017. Besides this website there are two Facebook pages dedicated to the band. Click on the link Vancouver Boys Band to see more pictures on the band over the years. The Vancouver Kitsilano Boys band Alumni Facebook page is for former members of the band and for friends of the band so feel free to join if you wish.

Several books have been written and are still in print on the band as well. They are By Jove What A Band, Woodwinds, Brass & Glory, The Red Cape Boys, Denton Park, The Lost Chord and The Life & Times of the Legendary Mr. D. Click on the Book tab to see more and how to order.

Another Facebook page may be of interest as well. It is called the Canadian Band & Musical Memorabilia Museum Society. This is a virtual museum where you can see photos on bands past and present across Canada. Posts go up every few weeks so come back often. be sure to become a Friend as well.

The Kitsilano Boys band was part of the Golden Age of Vancouver Youth Bands. There were four other youth bands around Vancouver during that time that no longer exist: The British Columbia Beefeater Band, the Kerrisdale Kiwanis Band, the North Vancouver Youth band and the Royal City Boys & Girls Band.

Band programs started in the school system of Greater Vancouver in the early sixties and were directly influenced by the fine community bands mentioned above. Today there are 100 secondary schools all with band programs. As well there are about the same number of elementary schools with band programs. Volume one in our B.C. Music Educators Series came out in October 2016. It tells all about the careers of twenty-three career school music educators from Metro Vancouver and their programs over the years to today. It is called Hearts, Minds & Souls.

Outside around the province their existed some amazing music programs. Most notable Charlie Stowell’s program in Powell River, Bryan Stovell at Wellington High School in Nanaimo, Oak Bay High School’s Dave Dunnett and in Kelowna Brian Todd at Kelowna Secondary. There were others as well.

Across the border in the U.S. the biggest musical influence on youth bands at the time was the now legendary Hal Sherman and his Kent Meridian Jazz Bands from Kent, Washington. Hal was responsible for starting the college and high school jazz band movement here on the west coast.

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