ABOVE: Mirrored Fanfare heralds what young musicians of BC Beefeater band hope will be another resoundingly successful year in their music-making careers. Here they are reflected in pond in Queen Elizabeth Park. Rave reviews accompanied tour they made to Britain and Europe last year.
ABOVE: MAJORETTE CORPS The jesters seek talent (Carol Grassi)
If you are an active, sports-minded girl between the ages of 12 and 16 who would like to perform at BC Lions games, parades and travel, that’s all you need to become a full-fledged member of the new BC Lions Jesters Majorette Corps. Girls joining may qualify for next summer’s cross Canada tour with the famous Beefeater Band. This new group being organized will also have the opportunity to travel to Hawaii in 1973 with the band. In 1969, the Jesters majorettes were a smash hit, appearing with the Beefeater Band at the Edinburgh tattoo. Their Scottish press notices heralded them as “these talented and vivacious young girls from Canada.” No previous experience in baton twirling is necessary. Girls are trained in marching, strutting and baton techniques. Also some basic dancing.
ABOVE: Coffee break leaves Empire Stadium field dotted with trombones, trumpets, tubas and drums after lengthy practice session Monday for BC Beefeaters band. Junior musicians are perfecting form for performance at Lions-Roughriders game in Vancouver tonight (Tuesday July 28). Bandsmen are invited to San Francisco for half-time program at football game Aug. 6. they took top musical award at Seattle Seafair on weekend.
ABOVE: Monday, July 27, 1970 Practice makes perfect for the Beefeaters
Rehearsing in the rain, the BC Beefeater Band practices Sunday for the football game Tuesday between the BC Lions and the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Empire Stadium. The Beefeaters are the official band of the Lions and play at all home games.
The band made the trip by air (Pacific Western) to San Francisco in the summer of 1970 as invited guests to perform at a half-time show on August 6. They appeared on television and were seen by 40 million people. There was lots of time for sightseeing as well in the Bay area.
The evenings halftime spectacular presented by the Beefeater band, currently on a tour of California will mark the first time that a Canadian band has provided the halftime entertainment at an American professional football game in the United States.
The band has presented concerts at three World Fairs in North America – New York, Seattle and Montreal. It has also performed at four Canadian Football League playoff bowls.
ABOVE: San Francisco Ken Grassi, Doug Adkins, Mark McEvoy