Elgin Corlett

1947–1968

Elgin Corlett was the founder and first Music Director of the Burlington Boys & Girls Band.

Elgin Corlett

Elgin Corlett was the founder and first Music Director of the Boys & Girls Band. His musical career took him on tours with various dance bands throughout Ontario, and he played with the Canadian Army Band overseas during the Second World War. In 1949, Corlett took the Band to Warren, Ohio, to perform at a football game and play a concert. By 1952, membership had climbed to more than 150 members. In 1967, the name changed to the Burlington Teen Tour Band, and the band also received a new style of uniform that is still worn today. Mr. Corlett developed a philosophy that focused on producing a better band, keeping members active year-round, and organizing annual tours. Nurturing the interest and talents of young people and giving them a sense of confidence and accomplishment is the legacy of Elgin Corlett.

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