Peterborough Concert Band Calendar

Fred Huffman Bursary

Fred HuffmanStudent band members enrolling in post secondary education may apply for the ‘Fred Huffman Bursary’. This bursary is available to any student, whether or not the student is pursuing a music degree.

Our Conductor

Peter SudburySaman Shahi, Music Director

Sam Shahi is a professional conductor, composer and music educator.  A pianist by training, Sam is active in classical music, new music, Iranian traditional music, rock and electronic music. Sam's compositions, including some short film scores, have been performed in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. As a pianist and conductor, Sam has been an avid performer and advocate of new music in Toronto, and he regularly performs with a variety of ensembles and individual musicians. Sam is an affiliate Member of the Canadian League of Composers, an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre, as well as a SOCAN member. He is also one of the founders and the executive director for the Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT), a 7 year old art organization that bridges cultures through music and art. Sam is an active member of the Circle Music Band, a rock fusion group in Toronto. He had the privilege of serving as a judge at the Juno Awards 2019 in the Classical music, Large Ensemble section.

Band Directory

Band Executive - Elected:

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  • President: Kelsey Van Blarcom
  • Secretary: Keith Dalton
  • Director: Honda Ludwig
  • Director: John Beirness
  • Director: John Barrett
  • Director: Karen Acheson

Band Executive - Appointed:

  • Band Manager: Ken Abraham
  • Librarian: Stacey Fletcher
  • Treasurer: Angela VandenBroek


  • Music Director: Saman Shahi

Section Leaders:

  • Flutes: Sarah Thomson
  • Clarinets/Double Reeds: Cydney Kamping
  • Saxes:
  • Trumpets: Kaela Beauclerc
  • French Horns: Trish Murphy
  • Low Brass: Don Gordon
  • Percussion: Andrew Harris

Volunteer Positions:

Our volunteers help ease the load on the Executive. Any band member interested in joining our team of volunteers should contact one of the Chairs listed below.

  • Communications: Diana Abraham
  • Bingo Co-ordinator: Diana Abraham
  • Membership: Karen Acheson
  • Repertoire: Librarian & Music Director
  • Personnel: Elaine Orgill
  • Equipment: Ken Abraham
  • Truck:
  • Goodwill: Sheila MacRae
  • Social: Jean Johnston

Our Story

Citzens Band 1950The Peterborough Concert Band is one of the oldest, continuously operating community concert bands in all of Canada.  The original band was formed in 1858 (or slightly earlier) as the Rifle Brigade Band and became one of the finest military civilian brass bands in Ontario. Over the years it has been known as the Rifle Company Band, the Rural Band, the Peterborough Fire Brigade, the 57th Regimental Band, the Peterborough Citizen's Band, and the Peterborough Civic Concert Band (among others) before finally becoming the Peterborough Concert Band of today.  Some well known former band members include: Del Crary, Lorne Irwin, Herb Knox, Norman (Buzz) Buzzell, John Oosterbroek, Murray Mander, Bill Scott, Fred Huffman, and Charlie Ridpath, to name a few.

The Peterborough Concert Band is an award-winning wind ensemble having taken many honours at C.N.E. Band Competitions over the years.  Very early in its history, the band won the Amateur Band Championship for the Dominion of Canada!  One of the Peterborough Concert Band's predecessors provided music at the 75th Anniversary of the Lift Locks and it is most probable that it was an ancestor of today's band that played at the opening of the Peterborough Lift Locks in 1904. The band also took part in Peterborough’s 100th Anniversary celebration.

The Peterborough Concert Band continues its legacy as part of Peterborough’s arts community by performing a varied repertoire of popular contemporary music, show tunes, and classical gems at community events, retirement residences, schools, churches and parks in Peterborough and surrounding communities.  Visit our calendar on the What's Happening page for information about where and when the band will be performing this year.  Let us share our love of music with you!