The Cranbrook Bugle Band has been an East Kootenay parade favourite for many years.

The Cranbrook Bugle Band has been an East Kootenay parade favourite for many years.

Bugle Band takes 1st at Billy Barker Days

After touring around the province for seven days in July, the Cranbrook Bugle Band has returned with another win

  • Aug. 5, 2015 6:00 p.m.

Trevor Crawley

After touring around the province for seven days in July, the Cranbrook Bugle Band has returned with another win following their performance at Billy Barker Days in Quesnel.

During a parade, the group took the top spot in marching bands, then did a few shows throughout the day at opening ceremonies, an afternoon show and an evening reception.

The next day, it was off to Barkerville where they performed and spent time visiting in the historical gold rush town by taking part in a time-honoured tradition of panning for gold.

After Barkerville, the band headed up to Prince George and did a routine for a day care group, then put the instruments down and took some time off with some shopping and roller skating.

The final leg of the journey involved a trip out to Jasper where they put on a show that had audience members asking for encore performances.

The whole adventure wasn’t confined to just the vehicles, hotel rooms and performance venues as the band also got the chance to do an adventure walk out in Chase at the beginning of the trip and also took a stroll through the Columbia Icefields on the return home.

The band is always looking for new members and if anyone is interested or has questions about the organization can contact Pat Ronalds at 250-489-0086 in the evenings.