There were well over a dozen people in the production -- pictured here above and to the right -- one most noteably, Sue Lumsden, who would go on to a very successful career in radio and TV in various Southern Ontario locations.  The band consisted of four horn players and a five-piece rhythm section:  Vuk Kovinich, lead guitar;  Bruce Wilson, rhythm guitar;  Dave Goodrow, bass guitar;  Dave Balan, drums;  Cliff Hunt, trumpet;  Bill Magee, trumpet;  Darrell Nameth, saxophone;  Paul Goodrow, trombone;  and Mike Lansbury on lead vocals. Their Hulse’s Heroes show was a huge success.  The Aldershot High students loved the band and wanted to book them for their next big Aldershot High School dance.  And so began the band that would become known as the Brass Union.
The 1960’s were an intense and turbulent time.  Society was changing in ways that would change it forever and by 1966, things were not well in most parts of the world.  France withdrew from NATO and Indira Ghandi took power amid India’s worst famine in 20 years.  In Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson was ramping up the conflict to nearly a half million troops and by year’s end, Hanoi and Haiphong were being bombed.  In North America, the National Organization for Women was formed, beginning the women’s liberation movement.  Racial unrest was spreading through the US and Canada with activism, marches and death.  Civil rights activist James Meredith was shot while trying to march across Mississippi. A few weeks later Martin Luther King was hit by a rock thrown by an angry white mob on his march through Chicago.  It was little wonder that the year saw the formation of the Black Panthers, a militant black organization, and the following summer (1967) would be called the 'summer of love', as youth tried to fight back against the escalating violence. And nowhere were these changes more visible than in North American popular culture and the music that came from it.  Fashion was now coming from London's Carnaby Street as youth made their own protests with mini-skirts, bell-bottoms, flowers and outrageously-colourful patterns.  Bob Dylan echoed the sentiments of the era with the release of his “Blonde on Blonde” album – one of the first significant ‘double albums’.  Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Sounds of Silence’ debuted in 1966, the title track written by Paul Simon in 1964, following the assassination of J.F. Kennedy.  The Rolling Stones released the single, “Black is Black”, which probably sums up best, many of the feelings circulating in late 1966.  And the Number One single from the Billboard Charts in 1966 (listed to the right) was, appropriately, Sgt. Barry Sadler’s, “Ballad of the Green Berets”. 1966 was also the year that coloured television sets became popular in North America.  On the tube, the first Batman, Star Trek, Monkees and Mission Impossible episodes were aired.  Hogan’s Heroes, first aired in the fall of 1965, continued to be one of the more popular shows of the year.  And from this television program came the first ideas for a band that would eventually become known as the Brass Union.
Top 10 Singles of 1966  01. The Ballad Of The Green Berets -          Sgt. Barry Sadler 02. Cherish - Association 03. (You're My) Soul And Inspiration          Righteous Brothers 04. Reach Out I'll Be There - Four Tops 05. 96 Tears - ? & The Mysterians 06. Last Train To Clarksville - Monkees 07. Monday, Monday - Mama's & The         Papa's 08. You Can't Hurry Love - Supremes 09. Poor Side Of Town - Johnny Rivers 10. California Dreamin' - Mama's & The         Papa's    Top 10 Albums of 1966  01. Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys 02. Revolver - The Beatles 03. Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan 04. Aftermath - The Rolling Stones 05. Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton -          John Mayall 06. Freak Out! - The Mothers of Invention 07. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme           Simon and Garfunkel 08. Face to Face - The Kinks 09. Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis          Redding Dictionary of Soul - Otis          Redding 10. Fifth Dimension - The Byrds
Aldershot High School, the alma mater of Canada's own Jim Carrey, is located half-way between Burlington and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  In the fall of 1966, the school boasted very creative music and arts departments – as so many schools did back then.  The music teacher, Glenn Mallory, was an excellent teacher who I would later have myself in my own high school in Hamilton.  Early in the school year, he had his students working on a number of Gilbert and Sullivan songs and some of the students wrote a skit, complete with acting, music and reworked lyric lines, spoofing the TV series Hogan’s Heroes.  They called their production, Hulse’s Heroes, named after one of the show’s creators, Steve Hulse, and performed their show for a Christmas concert in the high school in the fall of 1966.
Aldershot High School -- from the 1966 Yearbook
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