residents have always enjoyed and
participated in musical events: witness the
Christmas concerts in one-room
schools, Search for Talent contests, trophies
won at the Lac Ste. Anne Music Festival.
It wasn't until the 1970s when Dave Thompson
began teaching at Onoway Jr. Sr.
High School that a formal instrumental music
program began. It started with Music
7, 8, and 9 (recorder and guitar) and evolved
into a full-fledged band program
Thompson (wearing his Roadrunner
jacket) about to leave on a road trip with the
Marching Band in Farmer's Day
took the Roadrunners on many band trips –
green Roadrunners jacket was a source of pride
for many Onoway students. Reinhardt
Piehl and Guiseppe Cianfione took short stints
with the music program in
1979-1980, then Les Sadler came on as a
full-time music (band) teacher in 1980.
He arranged for purchase of marching band
uniforms (second-hand, but the school
colours of green and white). Les and Dave both
taught band, then in 1985 Tom
Saumer, a recent graduate of Onoway High
School, returned as the band teacher.
That summer he took the band to EXPO 86 in
Ensemble Trophy - 1986 winners Diane Snider, Gail Stobbe, Rob Cook,
Mustangs clarinet case
Over the years the band competed
successfully locally and
nationally. The many trophies and plaques at
the museum attest to the musical
talents of students at Onoway High School. In
2016 Ellie Neufeld continues the
fine history of the OHS band program.
Visit Onoway Museum to see the
band uniforms, the bass drum, an
original clarinet, and much more.