Media release from City of Burlington
Burlington, Ont. — March 11, 2019 — The 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.
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.