1982 Calgary Stampede

In October 1981 Stacey Henderson (photo right) who was a member of the B.C. Beefeater Band became the 1981 winner of the Joe Gagnier award at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre. This junior sportsmanship and achievement award is given annually to a teenager who takes an active role in the Mount Pleasant community. Stacey is a member of the B.C. Beefeater Band’s Jesters majorette Corps, plays clarinet and helps teach young baton students. She is lead majorette and flag twirler. Since joining the band in 1977 she has travelled with it on a B.C. tour and has performed in England and Australia.

ABOVE: Photos of the band at the 82 Calgary Stampede courtesy of Stacey Henderson


ABOVE: HMS TROPICALE: Stacey Henderson (left)

ABOVE: In Calgary for the Stampede. Thanks to Vanessa Lee-Werth for these.

1966 Garage Bands


Several members of the VJB were prominent in the Vancouver dance and club scene in the late 50s, 60s and early 70s. Dan Mattinson was a founding member of Soul Unlimited during the sixties. Other bands from the decade were the Nocturnals, Stags, Epics, Night Train Revue, Shockers and Shantelles. These bands were all managed by jaguar Enterprises a local booking agency run by Les Voit and Douglas Millar. They all played the popular Vancouver clubs the Grooveyard, Dirty Sal’s Cellar, Oil Can Harry’s and others. The members of these bands all came out of the strong community bands that were around during the Golden Age of Youth Bands: Kitsilano Boys Band, Kerrisdale Kiwanis Band, BC Beefeater Band etc. VJB members in these photos include: Dan Mattinson (sax), Stan Williamson (drums), Allen Lynch (trumpet) and Bruce Norris (trombone).


1986 Pasadena Rose Parade


ABOVE: 86 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.

Happiness is being invited to participate in the annual Rose Bowl Parade on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California, according to Gordon Olson, leader of Vancouver’s internationally known Beefeater Band. That’s what happened recently when Fred Johnson, President of the Tournament of Roses, visited Vancouver to invite the band to participate and speak to the members. The Vancouver youngsters will be watched by 145 million viewers of television around the world on January 1, 1986 – Expo year in Vancouver. What a perfect opportunity for Expo 86 to be part of the parade as well. I know that a group of Vancouverites has been pushing for the past two decades to get Expo officials interested in sending a float to the parade in Pasadena and I wonder why the brass at Expo hasn’t been turned on to the idea. What terrific exposure we would get with 145-million people watching. We have the finest float designer in the world right here in Vancouver in Frank Mansueto and his company. Frank would jump at the opportunity to design and build a float for Expo.

This is their second appearance at the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena.  Their first visit was in 1966.

ABOVE: Thanks to Stacey Henderson for the above photos.

ABOVE: Many thanks to Vanessa Lee Werth for her amazing performance photos of the Rose Bowl contest at Howell Field, Pasadena City College.

ABOVE: Disneyland photos from Vanessa Lee Werth


ABOVE: On a BC Ferry under the Lion’s Gate Bridge where they played for the first ever streaming of lights on the bridge as part of Expo 86 celebrations. Premier Bennett is back right.

ABOVE: A few  more photos of the Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade thanks to Carol Grassi and a couple from Expo 86.

ABOVE: Expo 86 Vancouver

ABOVE: These amazing photos were all taken by Vanessa Lee Werth’s mother with a telescopic lens of Charles’ and Diana’s arrival at Expo 86 and the band marching past to greet them. Note the RCMP band next to the Royals.

1983 UK Tour

ABOVE: In 1983 the Queen came to Vancouver harbor on board the RMS Britannia. She was here to promote Expo 86 coming up in three years. The Beefeater Band greeted her at Port Vancouver. Photos courtesy of Carol Grassi.

1983   Where?

“They shall have music wherever they go.”

In 1983 The Royal Tournament was pleased to welcome back one of the leading youth bands in North America. They appeared at the tournament on Saturday July 30, 1983.

1980 South Africa Tour

On May 14, 1980 the band gave a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Playhouse Theatre. The Master of Ceremonies was Bill Strafford.

PROGRAMME:   Totem Pole, Eric Osterling, I Write The Songs, Trumpets Galore, Paul Yoder, (Trumpeters: Cathy Wilson, John Molnar, Greg Hunka, Andy Edelmeier, Duncan Webster). Tuxedo Junction, Drummin’ Thro’ The Rye, Allegro Vivace, Warren Barker, Soloist: Ken Olson, Die Meistersinger, Richard Wagner, Selections from Chicago 10, Week-end Warriors, Sammy Nestico, Gospel John, Espana, Jay Bacook, Valdres, Johannes Hannssen, Rhapsody, Jim Curnow, Bunch o Bones, Richard Fote, Trombonists: Ivor Palmer, Susanne Filippelli, Brad Muirhead, Patricia Post, Copacabana, Jesters: Stacey Henderson, Christina Ceraldi, Lee Ann Peterson, Corri Kerswell, Crown Imperial, Wlliam Walton, Janta A Jag, Richard Maltby, Lord of the Rings, Leonard Rosenman, Procession of the Nobles, Rimsky-Korsakov

Personnel: Flutes: Arlene Frydenlund, Catherine Bealle, Brenda Baird, Dawn Warwick, Lisa Drab, Elizabeth Buckham, Linda Shepherd, Sandy Vaughan-Thomas   Clarinets: Mike Kenney, Michael Lee, Heather Lyne, Janet Parkinson, Teresa Spencer, Steve Smith, Naomi Redekop, Jean Hummel, Tracey Deverall  Saxophones: David Pierce, Rod Mont, Michelle Newman, Christine Morrison, John Pedosuk, Ian Campbell   Trumpets: Kenneth Olson, Cathy Wilson, Greg Hunka, John Molnar, Andy Edelmeier, Duncan Webster, Linda Cooper, Brendon Prosch, Peter McDonald, Karen Brown, Jonathan Gregory, Tammy Findlay French Horns: Jane Houlden, Heather Berkeley  Trombones: Ivor Palmer, Susanne Filippelli, Brad Muirhead, Arleigh Bell, Tom Brailsford  Majorettes: Stacey Henderson, Christina Ceraldi, Corri Kerswell, Lee Peterson  Flag Corp Coach: Carol Grassi Baritones: Patricia Post, Simon Everett, Roger Rourke, Burke Tanner Basses: Ed Baseley, Trevor Kitchen, Mike Bruce, Steve Willing, Scott Baran Percussion: Larry Olson, Dale Onions, Chris Bjelde, Louis Molnar, Lynn Horne, Peter Barone, Melody Duvenage, Joe Creegan Flags: Mary Wynne, Joldine Lee, Debra Pierce, Tania Davis, Lisa Angus, Cindy Luck, Joan Colley Lorelei Boos

The Durban Military Tattoo

The British Columbia Beefeater Band was officially invited to perform at the 1980 Durban Military Tattoo by the Mayor of Durban. The first Durban Tattoo took place the year before and was patterned after the Edinburgh Tattoo. An 8-man team came from Edinburgh to help assist in preparations the first year. 150,000 people attended the first tattoo. The Beefeater Band was the major draw card and had been recommended to Durban by the Edinburgh committee. Besides performing in Durban the band performed in other locations around South Africa. Official approval to perform at the tattoo was granted by the Canadian External Affairs Department, the British Columbia Government and the British Consul.

The band departed Vancouver on July 1st for New York City where they spent the evening at a Holiday Inn near the Holland Tunnel in Jersey. The following day they spent on a tour of New York City. They visited Times Square, “The Great White Way,” the theatre district of Broadway, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, the Stock Exchange, Rockefeller Centre, Lincoln Centre, Grants Tomb and made a stop at Battery Park to view the Statue of Liberty. They they went on to Kennedy Airport.


ABOVE:  In New York on the way to South Africa.

They departed on South African Airways Flt 204 the evening of July 2nd bound for Johannesburg. From Johannesburg they caught flight 523 for Durban.  They arrived the evening of July 3rd at Louis Botha Airport in Durban. After a leisurely night at the Four Seasons and a morning of site-seeing they departed by bus for Hluhluwe and the Hluhluwe Holiday Inn. On July 5th they were up early to visit the Hluhluwe Game Reserve as guests of the Natal Parks Board. They performed on the Hluhluwe rugby field for their hosts at 11:00 am.

ABOVE: In the countryside visiting towns. Dale Onions on the right.

At noon they departed for Empangeni. There they met the editor of the Zululand Observer. They had a late lunch and met the mayor and the Zulu King. They put on a short performance on the rugby field before the game. After the game, they were invited to a braai and disco by the City Council. They were billeted in the homes of the local members of Lions, Rotary, Round Table and City Councillors. On July 6th they returned to Durban.

TOP LEFT: The Mayor of Empangeni, councillor Phillip Steenkamp leading King Goodwill Zwelithini and escorts through the ranks of the band and the Josni Battalion.

BOTTOM LEFT: King Goodwill and his queen welcome members of the band.

BOTTOM RIGHT: The four jesters proved popular with the 800 strong audience.

July 7th through July 9th they rehearsed for the Durban Military Tattoo.

and then the TATTOO!

From July 10 through July 19 they performed every evening at the tattoo.


On July 21st they were off to Capetown on South African Airways Flight 603.

From July 24 through 29 they visited Randburg. On July 24th after meeting their hosts they departed for the SABC/TV studios to do some TV recordings. On the 35th they played at a Beerfest before an Oompah Band took over. On the 26th they lead a parade around Randburg City and then they were off to Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria. On the 27th they visited a Mine Museum at Crown Mines, Johannesburg. They spent the 28th in Pretoria. On the 29th they went to Johannesburg where they visited the Stock Exchange and the Africana Museum. After a farewell party in the Airports VIP Lounge they boarded the plane for New York. On July 30th they departed New York on Air Canada Flight 825 for Vancouver after an amazing trip to the other side of the world.

ABOVE: Great performance in Ranburg for the celebration of the towns achievement of its authority this month. And the well known Canadian Beefeaters were also there to add to the celebration. The Beefeaters, who later in the afternoon appeared at Loftus Verdfeld (before performing in Ranburg). Here a flag dance is being performed by Stacey Henderson.

ABOVE: A few more photos of South Africa thanks to Carol Grassi


ABOVE: The Olson Family in South Africa: Gordon, Larry, Louisa and Ken.


1979 Melbourne Military Tattoo


It all started out with Sunday morning band practices at Empire Stadium. It seemed to rain every Sunday which was not very good. The practices started at 11 am and not end until about 4 pm, marching all the time which was very tiring. Time flew by and it was finally the last week before we were to leave. Everyone was running around making sure their name was on everything they own, and also making sure they didn’t forget their instruments, flags or in my case batons. It wouldn’t be very good if the band arrived in Australia with only half the equipment needed.

The day finally arrived and after we said all out goodbyes we were on our way. The flight was really long and tiring, but boy was it fun. We stopped in L.A., Hawaii, Fiji and Sidney. After a short stop in Sidney we flew on to Melbourne. The sights on the way took us over mountains and we really enjoyed the Sidney Opera House from the air. It was so clear out and the sky was the most gorgeous shade of blue I had ever seen. When we arrived in Melbourne we were all taken to our houses and given the rest of the day off to rest. Practices would start the next morning.

The band was to stay in Melbourne for three weeks, the last two weeks being performances. The first week was mainly practices and site seeing. After the first week the fun really started. We were performing in the Melbourne Military Tattoo. Opening night we were a big success. All the rest of the nights were equally impressive. When the two weeks were over we all complained because we didn’t want to go home. Melbourne was very beautiful with hot temperatures, blue skies and lots of scenic areas to visit. The people we all met in Australia were very pleasant. I wrote to many for a long time afterwards. We were all feeling very down on the plane ride home until our plane got hijacked.

When we were boarding the plane in Sidney for the final leg of our journey there was an announcement that a man was holding a woman at gunpoint inside our plane. Luckily he hadn’t waited until we were all on board. We had to wait for hours for the event to resolve. During the first three hour stand-off the gunman hurt his hostage and she had to be taken to hospital but he remained on board. TV cameras and fire engines were all over the place and of course policemen. Finally , the police went in after him after waiting for six hours. There was a rumor that he had a bomb. We kids found it all very exciting. The policemen went in and shot the hijacker and he was taken to the hospital. An hour later we able to board our plane. Apparently there had been no bomb but they had to check any way to be sure. We saw a stain on the rug when we entered and they had to take out two seats.

ABOVE: Many thanks to Stacey Henderson for the photos and write-up on her memories of Melbourne.


The arena had an aura of pageantry and tradition, steeped in color and heavy with emotion and nostalgia. Against a backdrop of the Melbourne night and a replica of a castle keep, the first Melbourne military tattoo is played. And even though it has run only a couple of nights, it is already being ranked as the equal of the Edinburgh event. Troops and bands from Britain, Brunei, Canada, New Zealand and Australia drill, march and play with precision. The Brunei regiment plays a special march written for the tattoo by its musical directors. Altogether, 800 people take part in the program, which lasts nearly two hours. A spectacular fireworks display on opening night will be repeated on the final night, April 1. The display includes a mock battle, the flight of a flock of fiery doves and a star which bursts across a low trajectory above the MCC. The tattoo could rank with the Melbourne Cup and Moomba as one of the city’s great tourist attractions, its director, Mr. John Howell predicted yesterday. “With it we have the opportunity for the city to have an annual attraction that will bring in millions of tourist dollars,” he said. “This is a trial year – we are bound to make mistakes, but it is a spectacle that cannot be seen elsewhere except in Scotland.” Mr. Howell said next year it was planned to bring in 3000 Japanese tourists to Australia to see the tattoo.


ABOVE: As the performance nears its end, the troops and bands combine for a grand finale. About 800 performers from Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Brunei and Australia took part in the tattoo.