The Cochrane Music Society’s Band on the Bow is treating Cochranites to some live music to enjoy this August Long Weekend with a pop-up concert on Sunday, Aug. 2.
They will perform a 30-minute concert in the Cochrane Town Square, 312 5th Ave., in front of the former location of Canadian Tire starting at 2 p.m.
The music society asks people to maintain a two-metre distance from non-family members to respect COVID-19 health protocols. The band will be wearing masks while not playing.
They also recommend bringing lawn chairs.
A wide selection of upbeat music has been prepared. There's everything.from the march "Barnum and Bailey's Favorite" to Oscar Peterson's "Hymn of Freedom" to the pop song "Shut Up and Dance."
Since COVID-19 hit, the society's musicians have largely been practicing remotely. Passionate about performing for the community, they rose to the challenge and found creative ways to prepare.
To allow the musicians to work independently, music director Adam Mailman provided each with their part, music tracks, and even a video of himself conducting the selections. Crucial, too, were the detailed rehearsal notes he provided that would normally be taken at practice.
With this advance work, the one practice they did hold went smoothly, says Jane Kaczmer, of the music society.
"The rehearsal went so well that Adam said we have to do this more and more."
"We love Adam," says Kaczmer. "He works so hard to help us get the most out of music and to enjoy performing. He understands what community music is about."
Another performance is on the horizon by the bands of the Cochrane Music Society. They'll be part of the three-day Culture Days celebration in September.