Eric Ford began his music career on the violin at the age of 8 and changed two years later to the cornet. At 15, he was the cornet soloist at Toronto's Massey Hall. In 1941 Ford joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and flew overseas. In 1947, he joined the R.C.A.F band as a trumpet soloist and arranger. After retiring from the R.C.A.F., Mr. Ford moved his family to Burlington, where he was appointed the Music Director of the Burlington Teen Tour Band in 1968. He was well known for his great sense of humour and was a man who gave a great deal of himself to the band and its members. During the 1970s, the band's excellent musical capabilities increased, and the number of performances grew with the demand for the band's appearances throughout North America and Europe.