Our very first project as an Optimist Club was to create an instrumental music program for the youth of our community. We developed a program where students would pay the same low flat fee to rent their own instrument for the year.
Our club purchased the instruments on a 4 year program and with the student rents and additional Optimist money we now have close to ½ million dollars in instrument inventory!! This has allowed us to expand the program from school to school in our area.Our Optimist Youth Bands have done very well in music competitions and have traveled to share their talents with others across North America and abroad. The more recent Marching Band has participated in the Santa Claus Parades of Toronto, London, Barrie and all the parades of the communities around us.
We estimated that in the first 20 years of operation this vital instrumental music program has taught over 3,000 young people the joy of music. Many have gone on to careers in music and some have returned as teachers in this program.
Each year the Optimist Club builds a float for the Christmas parade to feature one of our bands.