Vernon Girls Trumpet Band reunion - the beat goes on

The band will play on

The Vernon Girls Trumpet Band's triumphant return to the recent Vernon Winter Carnival has been captured for posterity.

Rhythm Productions has edited together a video of the band's performances at the 60th anniversary carnival.

"Rhythm Productions created a great video!" Shaylaine Laurie posted to the Vernon & Community Forum on Facebook. The post elicited plenty of response, especially when Laurie noted band alumni are looking for a place to practise.

"The beat will go on!" she said.

Band members reunited for the carnival's milestone anniversary after an open for former members went out last summer.

The Trumpet Band was established in 1947, and it’s estimated more than 2,500 girls have been members over the years. The organization dissolved in 2009 due to increasing costs associated with travel.

The band was a highlight of the carnival parade for decades.

“We have been having so much fun. You have no idea. It's been just a blast,” said Joy Gillies, who was in the band from 1965 to 1971.

Cathy Sim organized the reunion. Her grandfather, Bob Hodgson, founded the band as a cadet corps.

“One of the ladies said it's like riding a bike,” said Sim, adding the band members had to memorize their songs. “None of us forgot. It's amazing.”

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