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THE FORGE CHURCH
The Westshore Community Concert Band rehearses at the Forge church, 2612 Sooke Road, Colwood. Parking is available between the church and the pool business next door, as well as to the right of the church down a short ramp. Limited parking is available directly in front of the building.
This is also the usual venue for our annual "Café Suite" fund-raising concert.
BEACON HILL PARK
The band usually plays at the band shell in the park in August. A dop-off point for percussionists carrying a lot of equipment is available on an internal road near the band shell. Parking is wherever one can find it; angled parking exists on the outside of the park on Douglas Street, from where the walk in is fairly short.
EAGLE RIDGE COMMUNITY CENTRE — CITY CENTRE PARK
The community centre is at 1089 Langford Parkway. This is an indoor event before Christmas, so the usual "formal" uniform is to be worn. There are other activities going on in the arena while the band plays. Children are particularly welcome.
FORT RODD HILL
The band plays here annually as part of the Canada Day celebrations on July 1. Members should tell the parking attendant they are "with the band", so they can be directed to the performers' parking area. If you park on the grass on the slope PLEASE be considerate and do not block access for those who may arrive after you do. Chairs are provided and an awning provides some shelter from the sun, but sunscreen, sunglasses and hats are recommended in warm weather.
The Gardens form part of the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific at 505 Quayle Road. An awning and chairs are provided, but the weather for this gig is usually hot, so dress accordingly and bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Red summer tshirts and black bottoms are appropriate uniform. Free parking for performers is provided in a field off the east portion of Viaduct Avenue, which gives easier access to the playing site than entering by the front gate on Quayle Road.
HERMANN'S JAZZ CLUB
Due to the confined space of the club stage, a reduced ensemble from the Band performs here. Take a look at the pictures in our Gallery to see what we mean. Carpooling is advised; find parking wherever you can.
ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY — MOTHERS' DAY
The lawn below the terrace of Hatley Castle is the site for the annual Mothers' Day entertainment. The band usually plays late in the afternoon. Follow University Drive downhill and take direction from the parking attendants. Parking (at $5 for the day) is available on the bottom fields toward the water (from where one must scramble back uphill.) Percussion and large instruments may be unloaded at the front of the castle on College Road. The performance venue is on the lawn below the terrace at the rear of the Castle. A protective tent awning and chairs are provided. Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended.
VETERANS' MEMORIAL PARK —
REMEMBRANCE DAY; CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHT-UP
For this gig, dress appropriately for the weather – it's usually cold! A toque, scarf and gloves usually are necessary (leave the usual uniform in the closet), and maybe a cushion to separate your bottom from the chill plastic chair seat. There is always a big audience for this event, so carpool if possible and park on side streets wherever you can (on Station Avenue near the Langford Legion is usually a good place.) The park is in the area bounded by Veterans' Memorial Parkway, Goldstream Avenue and Aldwynd Road.