MUSIC – Kamloops Community Band presents ‘Play Like The Dickens’

Kamloops Community Band. (Image: Jake Dogterom)

The Kamloops Community Band will present Play Like The Dickens, its annual fundraiser for the Richard Dickens Music Scholarship, on Wednesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kamloops Full Gospel Tabernacle, 1550 Tranquille Road.

Dickens, a long-time Kamloops school music teacher, founded the band in 2001 to provide a place for young people, teachers, retirees and other community members to play their instruments. He passed away in 2009, and proceeds from this event will go toward the scholarship named for him, which provides $2,000 a year for four years to a student who has shown exemplary aptitude and achievement in music and is continuing in full-time music studies at the post-secondary level.

“Dick’s establishment of this scholarship fund and the founding of our band are both reflections of his lifelong dedication to his many students, and his firm belief in the value of music in our lives,” said Cliff Noakes, the band’s music director.

“As a band, we relish the opportunity to perform this benefit concert.”

Joining the band will be the Valleyview Secondary Music Department, under the direction of Jaymi Daniels. With two concert bands, a concert choir, a music theatre program, jazz band, and guitar class there are many students involved music at VSS.

Highlights of Play Like The Dickens include a march or two (Dickens’ favourite), a newly composed work by Robert Buckley titled The Legend of Billy Miner, commissioned by KISSM in 2018 and celebrating a piece of Kamloops’ history,  and the world premiere performance of Eulogy by the band’s resident composer Ryan Noakes, dedicated to Dickens and other musical mentors who have passed on.

Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased from, or at the door.

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