The final segment of our blog series by Dave Davidson. Here Dave talks about the next path music in our community should take. We'd like to thank Dave for his wonderful contribution.
The Importance of Community Music, Part 4:
Where Do We Go From Here?
There are still a few "Old Horses" out there in the music world. Those that have been
involved in community music forever - or so it would seem. The Bobby Harriots, the Carol Beynons and the Bram Gregsons of our world. Those who have dedicated their lives to glorious music making and who have been around long enough to share their passion with more than one generation. Those of us who have been 'touched' by their presence and experienced their passion are blessed. For, having experienced this drug, we are bound to carry the torch and to share this joy with others.
We are the ones that need to open doors for young conductors, who need to roll up our
sleeves and walk-the-talk. We need to show even younger musicians just what fun a group of managers, sales people, plumbers, and accountants (for example) can have when making music together. It is the duty of our generation to show the way, to lead by example to those who would be our future players, conductors, managers and supporters of community music. Unlike Europe's long tradition of community music making we are still a young country and have yet to reach maturity. That isn't to say that we can't be fast learners in our search to produce and support quality music making. We are the ones that need to convince our governments, Municipal, Provincial and Federal, of the importance of community music and the need for their support. This recognition and funding is essential to not only the well-being of community music but also to the well-being of society at large.
The world of Medicine has just begun to realize the importance of music to our
prolonged health and well-being. Study after study has shown the impact of the Arts, Music in particular, upon the development and prolonged good health of our minds and bodies. Without continued opportunities and the development of skills at an early age the performance of live music is in serious jeopardy. We who would carry the torch for Music must continue to insist that governments, doctors and music practitioners begin to pool their efforts and dollars to support opportunities for everyone to experience the beauty of the Arts. In these days of fiscal restraint the Arts can't be the first to be sacrificed. We are indeed at war and this is a battle we must win.
Dave Davidson is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Kitchener Musical Society Band.