Prince Rupert community choir, band preparing for new season

Singers and musicians looking for a way to practice and improve are encouraged to join two Prince Rupert musical groups.

Both the Prince Rupert Rotary Community Choir and Prince Rupert Community Band will be starting their seasons in the coming weeks, with Peter Witherly, director of both the choir and band, saying anyone interested in joining is welcomed to do so.

The Prince Rupert Rotary Community Choir is holding its first rehearsal of the season today, Sept. 11, at the Prince Rupert Middle School (PRMS) band room at 7:30 p.m.

The Prince Rupert Rotary Community Choir is a soprano, alto, tenor and bass group, meaning men and women of all vocal ranges can join. The choir is always looking for more singers, particularly younger singers.

"We seem to be getting older and older. We need more young people," said Witherly, adding the group is also in need of more male vocalists.

The Prince Rupert Rotary Community Choir puts on a number of performances throughout the season, mainly indoors for better sound.

Additionally, the Prince Rupert Community Band will be holding its first rehearsal of the season in the PRMS band room on Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Last year the band consisted of 25 musicians playing brass, horn, percussion and wind instruments, playing recognizable tunes like show tunes and marches as well as holiday tunes leading up to Christmas.

While Witherly said the band does have a balanced sound, the group is in need of clarinet and percussion players. But the community band invites all musicians, as well.

"Anyone that's interested in playing with us is welcome to come," Witherly said.

There are no auditions to become part of either group, and Witherly said everyone that comes out is welcomed to join.

"Some people are really good, and other people just enjoy coming and doing the best they can," he said.

Witherly added joining either the community band or choir would also be great practice for anyone interested in becoming part of the community musical that will be put on in 2014.

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