Tupper Concert Band marks 40 years of sharing holiday tunes with patients

Volunteers Mark McTaggart and Shuyue Cao at the Tupper Concert Band performance.
Volunteers Mark McTaggart and Shuyue Cao at the Tupper Concert Band performance.

Dr. Bernie Badley and the Tupper Concert Band have been bringing holiday cheer to patients at the Victoria General (VG) site of the QEII for the past 40 years. 

Dr. Badley, who used to be CEO of the VG Hospital when it existed as an independent entity, has led the band since its beginning in 1979. It is currently made up of faculty and staff of the Dalhousie Medical School, NSHA staff and community members.

The band has partnered for many years with volunteer services to bring patients from the VG and the Nova Scotia Rehab Centre to the Scotia Room cafeteria to be entertained with some of their favourite holiday songs.  

Playing a selection of holiday tunes, including It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas, the Holly and the Ivy, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Silent Night and many more, Dr. Badley and the Band entertained more than 50 patients on the evening of Dec. 11. 

At the end of the concert, one particularly appreciative patient called out, “On behalf of the audience I’d like to thank you very much!”

We echo that thanks to Dr. Badley, the Tupper Concert band, volunteer services and nutrition and food services, who helped bring this festive event to life.