Fund raising target is reached - Teen Tour Band will have music to celebrate and recognize it's 75th Anniversary.

By Staff

September 8th, 2022



About a month ago Lawson Hunter came up with an idea:

The Burlington Teen Tour Band (BTTB) was approaching its 75th Anniversary and he thought having a piece of music written to celebrate that occasion was a great idea.

The Burlington Teen Tour Band has represented the city of Burlington, and its residents, throughout the world over the years – Expo ‘67, Japan, D-Day ceremonies in France, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbour, and even the Tournament of Roses (Rose Bowl Parade). Hunter feels it’s time to give something back to the Band.

The Burlington Teen Tour Bank performing on the Naval Promenade in Spencer Smith Park.

Lawson Hunter, a long time Burlington resident, is proud about a lot of things that make his city a great place to live, work, and enjoy life. One of the things that fosters that pride is the Burlington Teen Tour Band (BTTB), now celebrating its 75th Anniversary.

In discussions with BTTB Managing Director, Rob Bennett, Hunter learned that the Band had no official piece of music to commemorate the anniversary. Bennett explained that years ago, to celebrate an earlier anniversary, a special piece of band music was commissioned to mark the occasion. Why not have one for the 75th Hunter thought.

Ryan Meeboer will be composing the music that will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Teen Tour Band

As circumstance would have it, Hunter had a conversation with fellow Burlington resident Ryan Meeboer, a musical educator and a professional composer of music. Meeboer’s compositions are used by concert bands of all different levels of skill and band sizes (small jazz groups, ensembles, big bands). In fact, Meeboer has even worked with the Burlington Teen Tour Band.

The idea struck Hunter that Ryan Meeboer, who publishes his compositions through Eighth Note Publications, could write a piece to commemorate the BTTB’s 75th anniversary. The challenge is the cost of commissioning a complex score (with dozens of different instruments), royalties, fees, publishing and printing of charts.

Lawson Hunter: Burlington Resident wants to give Burlington Teen Tour Band a Musical Gift

He set out to raise funds – needed $3000.

“I thought the solution would be to initiate a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds,” Hunter states. has raised money for thousands of campaigns to help ‘kickstart’ artistic projects. Potential donors register, post a donation, but only pay if the campaign reaches it’s target goal. “It’s an all-or-nothing style of raising funds for a good cause,” explains Hunter.

How good is it?

THANK YOU, THANK YOU. The campaign is a success. The Burlington Teen Tour Band will have a song composed for the group to celebrate its 75th Anniversary. The hope is that the music will be written and rehearsals will begin by the end of the year. BTTB will perform a beautiful piece of music for years to come – all thanks to you.

Lawson Hunter has no affiliation with the Burlington Teen Tour Band, his involvement is purely as a resident of Burlington.

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