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 70+ musicians playing in Encore come from London and surrounding communities. 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 amd the London Jazz Orchestra.
Gwyn became the Artistic Director and Conductor of Encore…The Concert Band in 2009, 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. He is renowned for his contributions as music educator, performer, conductor and adjudicator, with versatility in genres from classical and theatrical to jazz and Klezmer.
Phil’s extensive contributions to the community have long been recognized. For example, 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. In June 2019 he was inducted into the Alumni Wall of Fame of the Don Wright Faculty of Music.
For fifteen years Phil brought this musical depth to Encore…The Concert Band. Many band members had been his peers in music education or were former students. Scores of fine musicians played, laughed and learned with Phil during this period of time.
On May 31, 2009, Phil retired as Conductor after Encore’s 15th Anniversary concert. The band was delighted to have him return on 24 February 2019 – shortly after his 90th birthday! – as guest conductor, in celebration of Encore’s 25th anniversary