Newsletter Signup

Documentary featuring Burlington Teen Tour Band accepted into two film festivals

City of Burlington photo
City of Burlington photo

Media release from City of Burlington

Burlington, Ont. — March 11, 2019The documentary Band Geeks, featuring the Burlington Teen Tour Band (BTTB), has been accepted into two film festivals: The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and the Pasadena International Film Festival.

“The documentary really highlights the efforts these members put into the band. They spend many long, hard hours practising and working on their music. The bonds they form over their time with the band, they really do become family and proud of the name ‘Band Geeks’. I’m glad to see the documentary being able to reach people across the continent and being recognized.” — Rob Bennett, Burlington Teen Tour Band Managing Director

The Pasadena Film Festival is listed in the top 100 film festivals with more than 5000 films submitted. The documentary, produced by former bandmate Morgan Elliott, was released in October 2018. It is still available to watch online on YouTube or the CBC Docs website.

About the Burlington Teen Tour Band

The BTTB started in 1947 in a room on top of a store on Brant Street with 75 young and eager musicians. Since that time the BTTB has grown into Canada’s Premier youth marching band, performing 60 to 80 times per year.

Performing in parades, field shows, concerts, special events, TV and movie shoots, this group of Burlington youth is nicknamed “the Redcoats” and has become “Canada’s Music Ambassador.”

Join the Band

To become a member, bandmates must be 13-21 years of age. New members can join anytime throughout the year. No experience is required, and all playing levels are accepted. Don’t play an instrument? Not to worry. The band provides unique opportunities for individual growth through increased responsibilities, discipline, and teamwork. It improves musical abilities, provides physical activity through marching and is a recreational outlet for teens. Travel also provides a valuable educational experience.

For more information on the band, visit teentourband.org.

MY TAKE:

The Burlington Teen Tour Band has always done a fantastic job representing the city all over the world. The documentary shows just a small fraction of the dedication these musicians put into their band. I wish the film the best of luck at the film festivals.

1 thought on “Documentary featuring Burlington Teen Tour Band accepted into two film festivals”

What's your take?

Here are guidelines before you comment, and our expectations before we will post:

  • Be civil. Would you speak this way to a good friend? If not, rewrite.
  • Focus on the issues. Build your argument and make your case in support of your opinion from facts, research or other sources. That way we can all learn. “I disagree with so-and-so because…” is fine; “So-and-so is naïve/stupid  for thinking the way he/she does and here’s why…” is not acceptable.
  • Don’t make personal attacks. Don’t assume motives of those you disagree with, make unfounded allegations, spread rumours, or engage in any other behaviours that would discourage you from participating if someone said this to, or about, you. The Golden Rule applies: Do unto others as you would have done to you. We will edit or not post comments with this type of content.
  • Say it once: When comments from the same individual or individuals become repetitive, going over ground already stated, we reserve the right to close commenting.
  • Use your full, and real, name. If wish to make a comment in public, we expect you will publicly stand behind it with your name. If you don’t want to publicly reveal your name, that’s fine; you are always welcome to share your thoughts with me privately via my email below. I welcome and consider all feedback in making decisions for the community.
  • Have fun, consider and learn. Share your views and read those of others. May we all benefit from a healthy exchange of ideas, and learn a little more about the people in our community, what you think, and what’s important to each of you. You may end up changing your mind about an issue; even if you don’t, we hope everyone will gain a greater understanding of why people have different perspectives.

Newsletter Sign Up

Phone: 905-335-7607
Email:  mayor@burlington.ca

Constituent Assistant: Annemarie Cumber
annemarie.cumber@burlington.ca
905-335-7600, ext. 7689