Date: January 27, 2008; Location: Meadowlands Corps, Hamilton, Ontario. Featuring the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band (Russ Weil); Paul Stevenson (Trumpet); and Meadowlands Corp Band. The "Young Artists" this year were the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band, made up of university, college and high school students, aged 16 to 25. They provided a performance beyond their years and clearly enjoyed themselves. Directed by Dr.Russ Weil, who has been described as Hamilton's "Mr. Holland" (Mr. Hollands Opus), they included outstanding performances of "Cottontail", "Cheek to Cheek", "In The Mood", and "Sing, Sing, Sing". Trumpet soloist Paul Stevenson was nothing less than amazing. Paul played in no less than nine of the items, being accompanied by both bands and joining the HAJB in the final item Sing, Sing, Sing. Before that he had been heard to great effect on both trumpet and flugel horn in "Love Lifted Me", "Feels So Good", "The Look of Love", "Tico Tico", "Gospel John", a sublime "Someone to Watch Over Me", and "Tiger of San Pedro". MCB were not to be outdone and their opening item Wilfred Heaton's "Le Tricot Rouge" got the evening off to a fine start. The only "traditional" band piece of the evening was Dean Goffin's Prelude & Fugue - "Arise My Soul, Arise". Paul Stevenson took up the baton to direct the MCB in Alan Fernie's arrangement of "Penny Lane", an item that Bandmaster Ron Heintzman suggested would not be heard during a Sunday morning worship service! Later, Russ Weil also led MCB in Bill Broughton's Ellington style arrangement of "Deep River". Also included was a toe tapping performance of Barrie Gott's "Daniel" with a fine guest contribution on the drum kit by a young member of the corps. Dick Krommenhoek's "Celebration and Praise" has not been used very much and was a great choice as the MCB were joined by Paul in the formidable trumpet solo (no doubt the main reason the piece isn't heard very much). This was an outstanding evening of music and it's great to see this event still on the calendar after so many years. It was a ground breaking concept born long before such events became more widespread and the MCB is to be congratulated.