Other public engagements have included many fund-raising events, performances at the CNE Bandshell, Roy Thomson Hall, the NAC, Lincoln Center (New York), and several appearances, as well as a residency 1988-9, at the Imperial Room of Toronto's Royal York Hotel. Initially the band's repertoire comprised Erbe's updates of swing-era classics ('Marie,' 'Tuxedo Junction,' 'In the Mood,' 'Pennsylvania 6-5000,' 'I'll Never Smile Again', etc) but came on record to include movie and Broadway themes, and other pop material. Personnel is not listed on the band's LPs but has included musicians from Toronto's jazz and studio circles - eg, trumpeters Arnie Chycoski, John MacLeod, and Dave Woods, saxophonists Bob D'Angelis, Steve Lederer, and Jack Zaza, and trombonists Bower and Bob Livingston.
Grealis, Walt. 'Spitfire Band becomes nostalgic giant,' RPM, 16 Oct 1982
Miller, Mark. 'The Spitfire Band wings its way to musical success,' Toronto Globe and Mail, 25 Oct 1982
Miller, Jack. 'Former Spitfire air ace now time-machine hotshot,' Toronto Star, 26 Oct 1982
Links to Other Sites
A profile of Canadian jazz musician John MacLeod from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.
Listen to audio clips featuring the swinging sound of the Spitfire Band. An ARB Productions website.
Shawnadithit grew anxious waiting for her uncle, Longnon, to return to camp at the junction of Badger Brook and the Exploits River, deep in the wilds of Newfoundland...