This performance of the Timmins High And Vocational School Band brought a smile to my face. Recorded sometime in the 80s, many of my vocalists were dedicated members of this band, conducted here by Joe Bilenki.
Those kids were so dedicated to their music. They lived the art – as instrumentalists and singers – and contributed in a huge way to the musical growth in my hometown of Timmins.
One of the instrumentalist featured here is none other than Eileen Twain – better known as Shania Twain. In this video, you see her many times playing the trumpet or rocking on to the music before she came in with the trumpet.
She, along with so many others in this video, were valued members of the Timmins Youth Singers, a group I founded and conducted for 20 plus years. Oh to turn back the hands of time!
Enjoy the video everyone! It’s a good one and gives you another glimpse into the early musical influences in Shania’s life. And the band sounds terrific! Kudos Joe! You were one of the best. R.I.P.