About the band
Encore: The Concert Band was established in 1994 to perform, preserve and enhance concert band music in the Greater London area. To accomplish this goal, Encore performs a series of 5 concerts every year. All concerts are scheduled on Sunday afternoons and take place at Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School in London.
The 60+ musicians playing in Encore come not only from London, but also from Strathroy, Grand Bend, Dorchester, Aylmer and Brights Grove. They represent all walks of life drawn from the community at large. Encore also provides a place for talented high school music students who are looking to expand their musical capabilities beyond the classroom. This enables them to play at a higher performance level than in their school and increases their confidence level in all aspects of their music education. All band musicians are volunteers and do not receive pay for their performances.
The programs contain, as often as possible, music composed by Canadian composers including London local composers and arrangers.
About our conductor
Serving as Encore: The Concert Band’s Music Director, Gwyn Beynon is a well-known and respected performer, teacher and conductor in Southwestern Ontario. Born in Ingersoll, Ontario, he studied trumpet with the late James Ford, renowned trumpet player and educator, and was one of the youngest players accepted into the National Youth Orchestra.
He holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario in music, education and administration, and is frequently called upon as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator across Ontario. Gwyn started as a teacher and eventually rose to principal with the Thames Valley District School Board where he championed music education and directed high school bands that won national and international awards. He also taught at the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Education. Gwyn continues to be an active performer, playing trumpet with Brassroots, the London Jazz Orchestra and the Prime Time Big Band.
This in Gwyn’s fifth season as Artistic director of Encore… the Concert Band where he continues to build on the legacy of musical excellence, entertainment and innovation established by Founding Director Emeritus, Phil Murphy.
Our Conductor Emeritus
As one of London’s best known musicians, Phil Murphy has made a substantial impact within the community. He is renowned for his contributions as music educator, performer, conductor and adjudicator, with versatility which finds him as comfortable with the genres of classical, theatrical, jazz or Klezmer music, working as easily with young students as with seasoned musicians. Phil has been most influential in his role of educator. Many of his former students working around the world in the field of music acknowledge Phil as a major role model in their career decisions.
Phil’s contributions to the community are extensive. He has worked with theatre for many years. His interest in the London Kiwanis Music Festival has never waned after retiring as a music educator in 1989. He has traveled across North America as an adjudicator, clinician and lecturer. In 1999 he was recognized on the Mayor’s New Year’s Honour List for outstanding contributions to the arts in the City of London. In 2007 he was elected to the London Music Hall Of Fame.
For fifteen years Phil brought this musical depth to Encore…The Concert Band, a performing group of about 60 musicians. Many have been his peers in music education or are former students. Over 400 fine musicians have played, laughed and learned with Phil during this period of time, and for that we all say a heartfelt “Thank You”.
On May 31, 2009, Phil retired as Conductor after our 15th Anniversary concert.