Strike up the band

Strike up the band

Strike up the band

After funding his education by playing in bands, GTA-based mortgage agent Kevin Such put his saxophone in a closet and forgot about it – until 10 years ago, when a friend who already played in the Top Hat Marching Orchestra told Such he should join. “I’d seen them playing the Santa Claus parade,” Such recalls. “It looked like so much fun.” 

Such characterizes the Top Hat Marching Orchestra as a “sauntering band. We don’t really march; we stroll, run and dance, and in between songs, we high-five the crowds. We have a good reputation of being great entertainers; we get asked to play all over North America.” 

But perhaps the best part for Such is getting to play alongside his autistic son, who himself has benefited from the camaraderie of the musicians. “He has amazing rhythm, and he’s very social,” Such says. “The band has just embraced him.”