Former staff of the Vernon Girls Trumpet Band are calling on alumni to join them at the 60th annual Winter Carnival parade. (Photo - Vernon Winter Carnival Society)

Calling all alumni: Vernon trumpet band seeks former members for Winter Carnival

It’s the return of a piece of Vernon history that was a parade highlight for nearly 50 years

Ten years after it disbanded, The Vernon Girls Trumpet Band is reviving itself to appear at the Winter Carnival.

Former staff of the band have put out a call for alumni members to play or march with them at the 60th annual Winter Carnival parade on Feb. 8, 2020.

It’s the return of a piece of Vernon history that was a parade highlight for nearly 50 years.

Read more: Vernon Winter Carnival names board

Vernon Girls Trumpet started off as a cadet band in 1947, when founder Robert Hodgson wanted to provide a new extra curricular activity for local girls.

The band was taken over by Hodgson’s daughter, June Rigby, and travelled around the world, winning numerous awards and competitions along the way.

Costs associated with travel forced the band to dissolve in 2009, but between 1961 and 2009 it never missed a Winter Carnival parade.

With 62 years of history, an estimated 2,500 girls have been a part of the Girls Trumpet Band.

No instruments are needed to register. All members must register with the organizers no later than Oct 1, 2019.

Visit VGTB Winter Carnival 2020 on Facebook to get in touch with the organizers or to register to participate.

“Some of the best years of my life as a kid, so much fun traveling around, banging on loud instruments, camping out in old halls and churches,” posted Bobbie-Jo Thompson on the event’s Facebook page.

The 60th anniversary of the Vernon Winter Carnival will continue to promote Vernon as a winter destination with 10 days of festivities.

The Vernon Winter Carnival Society coordinates and promotes about 100 events that take place in February each year, making it one of the largest events of its kind in Canada.

The parade is just one on a list of classic events that can be seen from Feb. 7 to 16, including the BC Championship Snow Sculpture and the Jopohouse Luncheon.

For more information on Vernon Winter Carnival events, sponsorship or volunteering, visit

Read More: Vernon Winter Carnival salutes the Sixties


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Downtown Vernon Association is requesting free parking on Saturdays in 2021 to boost recovery efforts of businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
Free Saturday parking in Vernon must wait for budget talks

Downtown Vernon Association request to boost shopping local amid pandemic

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Crime up 31 per cent in Vernon in 2019: Statistics Canada

Increase includes a 45 per cent rise in violent Criminal Code violations

City of Vernon councillors vote in favour of extending opportunities to activate outdoor spaces and patios until Oct. 31, 2021, in its Oct. 26, 2020, meeting of council. (City of Vernon - Contributed)
Vernon patio season extended amid COVID-19

City extends temporary measures to boost local businesses downtown

Four staff members at the Okanagan Men’s Centre have tested positive for COVID-19 since Oct. 23, 2020. (Adult and Teen Challenge OMC photo)
Four positive COVID-19 cases at Okanagan Men’s Centre

Those affected are staff and have been in isolation since Oct. 23

Three Okanagan College Mechanical Engineering students manufactured 3D printed Trick-or-Treat Bowls to aid in a physically-distanced Halloween experience amid COVID-19. (3D Okanagan Facebook)
Trick-or-treating made safer thanks to Okanagan College students’ project

3D-printed Trick-or-Treat Bowls available for sale ahead of Halloween

A woman wears a face mask and plastic gloves while browsing books as a sticker on the floor indicates a one-way direction of travel between shelves of books at the Vancouver Public Library’s central branch, after it and four other branches reopened with limited services, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
B.C. reports 234 new COVID cases, 1 death of senior who had attended small birthday party

Roughly 5,700 people are isolating due to being exposed to a confirmed case

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Superintendent of the Kelowna RCMP, Kara Triance. (Capital News file)
Non-violent crime, small population contributes to Kelowna’s crime rate spike, says RCMP

Kelowna RCMP is assuring the public the city is a safe place

A Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020 apartment fire in Penticton killed two and displaced dozens more. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Fatal Penticton apartment fire deemed accidental

The blaze gutted an apartment building on Tuesday morning, killing two people and displacing dozens

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Interior Health reports seven more COVID-19 cases

Eighty-nine cases remain active, none of whom are currently hospitalized

Burnaby RCMP responded to a dine-and-dash suspect who fell through a ceiling in March 2020. (RCMP handout)
VIDEO: Suspected dine-and-dasher falls through ceiling of Burnaby restaurant

A woman believed to be dashing on her restaurant bill fell through the kitchen ceiling

This Photoshopped version of the crosswalks near the entrance to the Salmon Arm Arts Centre on Hudson Avenue show what is proposed to help create safety for and show inclusivity to the LGBTQ2S+ community. (Salmon Arm Arts Centre image)
Tri-rainbow crosswalk and Progress flag requested to help make Salmon Arm safe

Council will consider budget requests to help make city inclusive to LBGTQ2S+ community

A can of Canada Dry Ginger Ale is shown in Toronto on Thursday Oct. 29, 2020. The maker of Canada Dry Ginger Ale has agreed to pay over $200,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit launched by a B.C. man who alleged he was misled by marketing suggesting the soda had medicinal benefits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Joseph O’Connal
B.C. man’s lawsuit over marketing of Canada Dry ginger ale settled for $200K

Soda’s maker, Canada Dry Mott’s Inc., denied the allegations and any liability

Animal care manager Tracy Reynolds confirmed the lynx is the same wildcat that was spotted wandering North Kamloops in broad daylight on Sunday, Oct. 25. BC Wildlife Park.
Lynx found wandering Kamloops taken to BC Wildlife Park

While the lynx’s outward appearance was deemed normal, it actually had an abdominal infection

Most Read