On Sunday, November 15, the National Air Force Museum of Canada was the host venue for what we hope will become an annual “Tribute to the Brave” concert. The event featured the Quinte Symphony, the 8 Wing Concert Band and the 8 Wing pipes and drums, performing a variety of music including Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Elgar’s Nimrod (from Enigma Variations), Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Festival Overture and selections of First and Second World War songs. The show concluded with a combined performance of Amazing Grace.
Over 750 guests filled the Atrium area of the Museum to overflowing, with many more visitors standing throughout the facility and on the mezzanine to enjoy the performance.
Chris Colton, Executive Director of the NAFMC stated, “The 2015 Tribute to the Brave, concert, in memory of Hugh O’Neil, was an outstanding success and the public response was overwhelming. So overwhelming in fact that every seat in the house was taken 15 minutes before the show began. Despite this tremendous challenge, more seating was brought in and almost all were seated by the orchestra’s first presentation. From all accounts everyone enjoyed the afternoon’s musical performances and talk is already underway to repeat again next year. That will give the organizers plenty of time to consider how best to accommodate crowds estimated this time of around 750. We appreciate all of the efforts of the organizing committee, museum staff, and of course the performers who made this symphony and band concert such a memorable time.”