The Carnival BandBand website
At HONK! in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012.
The Carnival Band is a community music project with over ten years of history, based out of Commercial Drive’s Britannia Community Centre. Musical direction is provided by Ross Barrett and Tim Sars.
Instrumentation for the band includes all range of brass, woodwinds, drums, percussion, accordions, and of course voice. Stage shows also allow us at times to join our bass, guitar, fiddle, banjo, piano, and keyboard playing friends.
Many of our favorite tunes are originals by band members. The remainder of our monstrous repertoire includes samba, calypso, swing, afrobeat, jazz, funk, disco, and traditional music from around the globe.
We believe that in order to be effective, community music must be grounded in collaboration and empowering to each individual involved. Songs and performance are a means to creative expression and to the cohesion of our community, rather than an end in themselves.