About

The Lakeshore Concert Band was founded by Morley Calvert in 1967, and first performed at Expo '67, the Montreal World's Fair. It began as an adult education course at Lindsay Place High School in Pointe-Claire, but quickly outgrew those roots and evolved into an independent community band. In the succeeding 50 years, the band has been based in the West Island of Montreal, and today calls Dorval its home. The group regularly performs throughout the Montreal area, and beyond. During the summer months, it performs outdoor concerts and presents a series of more formal concerts in concert hall venues during the winter. Opportunities are sought to support charitable causes, resulting in concerts at schools, hospitals and fund-raising events.

In recent years, the band has participated in competitions and festivals, both locally and internationally. It has won first prizes in the Senior A division of the Festival des Harmonies du Québec at Sherbrooke on several occasions. In 1991 the band traveled to Norway to participate in the Hamar International Festival for Wind Music, and then in 1993 played in both the International Band Festival in Valencia, Spain, and the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Holland. A concert tour of England and Scotland was the highlight of the 1996 summer season.

The LCB was directed by Tom Talamantes from 1988-1998, during which time the group expanded its musical horizons considerably, performing many challenging works from the concert repertoire. Upon Mr. Talamantes' departure, the position of Music Director was assumed by Mark Dharmaratnam. Under his direction the band has continued to prosper, continually setting, and achieving new goals.