you’ve ever thought music concerts are boring,
you’ve never seen the Tomato Soup Band perform!
Based in London, Ontario, Canada, the Tomato Soup Band was
formed in 1992 by a few members of London’s Dutch-Canadian Society.
The Band's unique style and happy and spirited repertoire have contributed to the band’s growth from five members to now include more than twenty enthusiastic musicians.
In their distinctively painted bus ("The Soup Can"), the Tomato Soup Band travels throughout Ontario to play in parades, fairs and festivals. They have entertained seniors in Nursing and Retirement Homes, young patients in the Children's Hospital, and veterans in Legion Halls. They have appeared in other provinces, in the United States, and in Europe. The bus may be temporarily gone, but this hasn't slowed down the band!
Tomato Soup Band members enjoy themselves thoroughly. Their smiles, enthusiasm and spontaneity are contagious.
The Tomato Soup Band welcomes new members. The background and
ages of our members are quite diverse.
Potential members may find it useful to know the following: Instrumentation includes people that play clarinet, saxophone, trumpet/cornet, flugelhorn, baritone, trombone, tuba/sousaphone, percussion and more. The band welcomes additional players on these and other instruments. Members usually provide their own instruments. Levels of musical ability and experience of our members vary from novice to advanced. Ability in sight-reading is not essential but it is helpful for members to be familiar with written music. The band rehearses for ninety minutes once per week.
The band performs about 20 times each year. Transportation to out-of-town events is provided by the Tomato Soup Band bus. While we recognize that all members will not be able to attend every rehearsal or performance, it is expected that all members will try to get to most of them.
There is no membership fee. Members are not paid for performances, but refreshments are provided.
Potential members are welcome to "sit in" on a number of rehearsals before making a decision to join. While there are no auditions, final acceptance into the band is subject to the consent of the members. If you have questions about music or membership, please contact the band president, Martin Van Der Mark at (519) 434-3595.
The Tomato Soup Band is a not-for-profit organization and
band members are not paid. To cover expenses the band typically has a modest
fee for most performances.
We would like to be part of your special event.
Contact Martin Van Der Mark (519) 434-3595 for more detailed information on cost and availability.
2023 Events to watch for the Tomato Soup Band:
Carnival at London's Moose Lodge
... and parades in Woodstock, Shedden, St. Thomas, Sarnia, Lyndon, Blenheim, Ingersoll, Tillsonburg, Strathroy
,.. and of course the Dundas Cactus Festival!
Plus many other senior's facilities and other fun events.