Musicians gather at Brock to mark 1812 anniversary

The Yankees are coming, the Yankees are coming.

But 200 years after the start of the War of 1812, they’re coming to make music, not war. American and Canadian musicians will gather at Brock University from July 8 to 12 to take part in a New Horizons Band camp.

The camp, sponsored by the University of Western Ontario’s Don Wright Faculty of Music New Horizons Band, will draw about 100 musicians from New Horizons bands in Ontario and several states to play a mix of jazz, marches, pop, and 1812-era music to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the war. A final concert, open to the public, will show off these musicians’ skills on Thursday, July 12 at the David S. Howes Theatre.

“We chose the Niagara region as the site of this camp because it’s so rich in War of 1812 history,” said camp musical director Mark Enns. “And music is a great way to celebrate the long friendship that Canada and the U.S. have enjoyed for almost two centuries.”

New Horizons programs provide entry points to music making for adults, including those with no musical experience or those who were active in school music programs but have been inactive for a long time.

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