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Trumpet band seeks alumni

An iconic piece of Vernon’s History will be making an appearance at Vernon Winter Carnival in 2020.

Former staff of the Vernon Girls Trumpet Band are seeking alumni to join them for the carnival parade – happening Feb 8.

In honour of the 60th Anniversary of the carnival, former staff are attempting to recruit as many past members as possible to play or march in the parade.

The Vernon Girls Trumpet Band was established in 1947 by Robert Hodgson, who wanted to create an alternative extra-curricular activity for girls in Vernon, including his own daughters.

Originally, the band started as a cadet band, often being called the “Cadet-ettes,” and included cadet training and activities along with musical instrument training and performances, none of which had been offered to girls in Vernon before.

Over the years, the band evolved into the Vernon Girls Trumpet Band and was eventually taken over by Hodgson’s daughter, June Rigby.

The band gave girls the opportunity to travel all over the world performing with their instruments and won numerous awards and competitions. It’s estimated over 2,500 girls have been members of the band over its 62 year history.

The organization dissolved in 2009 due to increasing costs associated with travel.

From 1961 to 2009 the Vernon Girls Trumpet band become a highlight of the carnival parade, never missing a parade in that time period.

No instruments are needed to register. All members must register with the organizers no later than Oct 1.



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