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Rideau Cadences is proud to announce that at the Ottawa Kiwanis Music Festival in April 2018, they received a very high silver rating with a mark of 87.  They have been nominated to participate in the  Provincial Competition in the community band category, which is an honour accorded to a select few.  Listen to the performance here.

Registration for Spring Extension Concert Bands (two) and Jumpin’ Jazz Band ongoing from April 7 – 17.   For these and others, see Our Bands.

Concert is on today, April 15

After having carefully considered the Ottawa weather forecast, the all-band concert today at Woodroffe United Church is going ahead at its scheduled time of 2:00 pm.  In order to end a bit earlier, we will adjust the schedule by having the appetizers available in the Banquet Hall continuously from 3:15, and cut the 10th anniversary cake at 3:50.  No food is allowed in the Sanctuary, but audience members can pop out for a treat while jazz bands are transitioning.  We can be out of the church by 6:30.


Our Spring 10th Anniversary Concert is coming up April 15 – see Upcoming Events for details.

Registration for Spring Extension Concert Bands (two) and Jumpin’ Jazz Band will open April 7.   For others, see Our Bands.

Reminders & Two Beats Ahead at the Capital Region Music Festival

No rehearsal during March Break (March 12-16).


Spring 10th Anniversary Concert April 15 – see Upcoming Events for details.


Two Beats Ahead at the Capital Region Music Festival – click here to read story.

TBA receives Gold rating at Capital Region MusicFest






Note: Two Beats Ahead winter 2018 start date

Two Beats Ahead Jazz Band will be starting on January 8, a week before the other ONHB bands, due to the school being closed on Easter Monday, April 2.

Please Note Start Time of Concert

The concert is Sunday, December 10 at 2 pm.  This is an hour earlier than previous Sunday concerts, and we don’t want you to be late!

Updates on AGM, Potsdam Band Fest, Finale Workshop and Beginner Jazz Band

New Board of Directors for 2017/2018

Congratulations and thanks go to Brian Carr, David Chaplin, Leslie Scott, and Steve Snell, acclaimed at the AGM on Oct. 15.  There will be a fifth director named shortly, selected from band leaders who wish to serve as a director.

Potsdam Band Event Nov. 4, 2017

Click here for details and updates.

Finale Workshop

Click here for details.

A Beginner Jazz Band – this very close to becoming a reality for Wednesday evenings in January!  If you missed adding your name to the list, please send your name and instrument, as well as any questions you have, to Art Stewart.


Annual General Meeting and Two New Opportunities

ONHB Annual General Meeting

Where: Sunday, October 15, 2 – 3:30, at Woodroffe United Church
What:  ONHB members will approve new bylaws that govern how the newly incorporated organization will conduct itself, approve a “public accountant” to review our financial procedures and accounts and report at next year’s AGM, and elect the first board of directors.  At the end of the meeting there will be a Q&A session so that everyone can be brought up to speed on any issue affecting ONHB.  Members will receive a package of information about the AGM by email including the draft bylaws and draft budget within the next few days.

Call for Candidates for the Board of Directors:  
You will shortly receive a draft of the bylaws with more information about the duties and responsibilities of directors, but in summary, there will be four elected directors from among band participants and one appointed director from among the band leaders.  The four elected members will decide among themselves who will serve as chair, vice-chair, treasurer and secretary.  The draft bylaws contain a more detailed description of each of these executive offices.  Please be sure to read them carefully before submitting your candidature for the board of directors.

If you are interested in serving on the new board as one of four volunteer directors, please print off the form found here and have 12 ONHB member musicians sign in support of your bid.  Completed forms are to be submitted to Cathy Wilcox by Thursday, October 12, in order for your name to appear on the ballot.  Each nominee will have 1 minute to speak to the assembled members on October 15.

Two New Opportunities:

    1. Beginner Jazz Band

ONHB is considering establishing a beginner-level jazz band for the winter 2017 session (January to April 2017). This band would be for musicians who are comfortable with their instruments and who would like to learn about playing jazz rhythms and styles, while learning to play big band-type jazz.  Details of fees and schedule are to be confirmed, but we’re tentatively looking at 6:30-8:45 PM Wednesdays at Brookfield HS.
We would like to know how many of you may be interested, as a minimum number of participants would be needed  Please Note: Musicians should be comfortable playing most of the music in the Essential Elements book 1.  Piano at a level of grade 8 conservatory is recommended for joining on piano. Electric guitar and bass guitar also should have a solid foundation on their instruments. This is your chance to swing, bop, and be cool!   If you are interested, please e-mail Art Stewart .  Please include:

  1. Your instrument
  2. To which ONHB band(s) if any you currently belong
  3. Which other ONHB bands (if any) you would concurrently join along with Beginner Jazz.  Remember that joining a second or additional band this year costs only $100.  
  1. Composer’s Version of FINALE  

    Interested in composing or arranging music? Local composer and arranger Lloyd Hiscock, who has many of his compositions played and recorded by groups such as the Maple Leaf Brass Band, is offering a two hour session in late October/early November on the full composer’s version of the computer program  FINALE.  Participants will be invited to discuss their particular backgrounds, needs and interests regarding composing and/or arranging music (concert band/jazz band/small ensemble)  Lloyd is prepared to develop a 4-6 week course to take place in March and April, 2018.   If you are interested, please email Cathy Wilcox Please include:

  1. Your instrument
  2. To which ONHB band(s) you currently belong
  3. If you are available for: morning weekday/ evening weekday /morning weekend

Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the fall session.  /

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