Okay Shania Fans: A Blast From The Past. 

 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. 

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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.

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

4 Responses to “Okay Shania Fans: A Blast From The Past. ”

  1. That’s great! The little band was pretty tight. She was the only one rocking out while waiting on her part. The music in her just had to come out I guess.

    Is this a recently discovered video or something you had in your collection?


  2. Gene – someone posted it on Facebook. We are having a reunion haha. This video kills me. Too funny. And, yes, the band was very good. Some fabulous musicians in that band.


  3. Shania – was rocking like a star even then. Like you said!!


  4. I’m sure you will enjoy the reunion. Have fun!

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