1958 B.C. Centennial Tour

Vancouver College Band 1955 2

ABOVE:  Vancouver College Band

The annual Festival of Music was held on Friday May 9 at Lord Byng Auditorium. Hal Francis was again the Master of Ceremonies.

Selections included Standard of St. George by Alford, Three Scenes by Walters, The King & I by Rogers & Hammerstein, Malaguena, Mountain Majesty by Yoder, Tombrero by Cofield, Prairie Reflections arr. Warrington, Tropico, Trumpets Wild by Walters, Mozart Festival arr. by Johnson. Massed band selections included Little English Suite by Jackson, Who’s Who In The Band by Gordon, Magnolia Overture by Olivadoti and Empire State Salute by Peterson.

On February 17 Rafael Mendez came to Vancouver and performed with the Vancouver Junior Band at the Georgia Auditorium. The Master of Ceremonies was Al Pollard. Selections included Golden Eagle by Walters, Mountain Majesty by Yoder, Grandfather’s Drum by Ostling, March Lorraine by Ganne, Southern Cross by Yoder, Tropico by Cofield and A Mozart Festival arr. Johnson.

1958 included a B.C. Centennial Tour and their first Grey Cup game. This was their first one in Vancouver and was a great honour for the band.



Grey Cup 1958, B.C. Lions FC

In 1958, the second Grey Cup year, Dal still didn’t think his musicians and dancers were ready. But he produced the panorama himself, using Bellingham bands and talent as the centrepiece.

“Buckle down and play the game…”

Halftime entertainment was getting so important by 1958 that the Lions were spending $11,000 a season on it. They even appointed a director, Jack Bain, to work with Richards.



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