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4 Wing Brass Quintet makes elegant dinner truly memorable

September 25th, 2019

When Points West Living Cold Lake decided to hold a special dinner for residents, they wanted to elevate the experience to something extraordinary. So they planned for white table cloths, prime rib with all the trimmings, ‘wine’, and decorations. For entertainment, they invited the 4 Wing Brass Quintet from Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake.

A 'dining out' experience

“Our care partners had wanted to do something special for residents and wanted it to be a dining out experience,” says General Manager Peter Walsh. “They tried to make it as fancy as possible. It was special to have it in the evening, and all of our residents came down to the dinner. Care partners were there too, as guests.”

Swing and show tunes

“Our Resident Council contacted the base band, and they agreed to come out,” says Peter. “The Warrant Officer (on trombone), and fellow band members came and played a variety of music.” Their selections included songs from the 30s and 40s, up to great swing tunes from the 70s and 80s.

Some residents showed their appreciation by getting up and dancing. The quintet played two sets, about 45 minutes each, and enjoyed the prime rib dinner between the sets.

One of the most beautiful evenings ever

“I spoke with several residents who said it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening,” says Peter, “and several care partners said that, days later, residents were still saying how nice it was.”

Other residents told recreation coordinator Anoop Jose that the dinner was one of the most beautiful evenings they had ever experienced. Wow!

Photo: Members of the 4 Wing Brass Quintet (who all play in the CFB Cold Lake 4 Wing (brass & reed) Band) perform for the PWL Cold Lake prime rib dinner on September 11.

More photos at Flickr: 4 Wing Brass Quintet makes elegant dinner truly memorable

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