HCB Message from Dave Staples

Hi all,
With the news of John Underhill’s passing, I want to express my great appreciation and respect for the life that John led and, of course his skill, dedication and class that he brought to his music. Reading his obituary, I am struck by his many accomplishments and his unswerving dedication to his family.
I first met John when my own son was part of the Scouts and Cubs movement almost 20 years ago. He was, at that time, his son Jack’s pack leader for Cubs and I  could tell then that his “all in” approach to whatever he stepped up for was total and inspirational.
Although his untimely death has been expected, it comes as a very great loss to our Halifax Concert Band community as well as to all who knew and loved him. John served as our band president for many years and held that position with such dedication and class and we will all miss his impeccable leadership and style. Along with that, his musicianship and skill on the trumpet was such a gift for us all and he was excellent at that.
I also want to say just how impressed I was with your performance on Tuesday night at Kiwanis. Congratulations to you all and especially to Mark Cuming for his beautiful and skillful Chorale and Fugue. Thank you all!
As Becky has pointed out to me and I felt it profoundly on Wednesday, John just waited around long enough to see if we were going to get another Gold Standard. This one’s for you, John.
I will see you on Tuesday. Dave