What Happened to John Liddle?

What Happened to John Liddle?



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Photo- Encore Band— Marching Saints- Carleton Place

Top Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum 1970s

According to Tom Edwards  used to live beside Barkers Funeral Home on MacArthur Ave. in Carleton Place. The photo above was taken at a Marching Saints practise. Robert Brown said that John Played first soprano with Paul Simpson and myself . I think this picture was taken in 1977-1978.



Carleton Place home-Photo- Encore Band

So what happened to John? According to Jonathan Tyson on the Tales of Carleton Place he now is the Encore Symphonic Band’s conductor in Toronto, and has been called the heart and soul of the band.

John E. Liddle has been a prolific Trumpet player: jazz bands (with leaders Steve Garrick, Paul Grosney, and Eddy Graff), classical groups (North York Symphony, Etobicoke Symphony), and 12 years with the 7th Toronto Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery. John has also had many solo appearances with The Chinese Symphony, The Etobicoke Philharmonic, and the Counterpoint Orchestra, to name a few.



John Edward Liddle is one of the most experienced and talented individuals on the podium today. He loves to have fun with both the music and the musicians and it is his great honour to conduct the Encore Symphonic Concert Band.

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Photo- Encore Band

A photo video biography below.



arranged by Johnny Cowell, trumpet soloist – John E. Liddle


Robert Brown John Played first soprano with Paul Simpson and myself . I think this picture was taken in 1977-1978


John T Sidney Marched with John in 76 in Kingston Grenadier’s also with Chris Pye and Johnny Corneal. Rick Cole organized a van for us from Smiths Falls. Brent Hill from Almonte was also part of the group. I think we were around 14 travelling from Smiths Falls.

In 75 they had tried to form a senior corps in Ottawa. We went all winter but folded in the spring and someone (I’m sure it was Rick Cole) said since we got back in shape we should play with somebody. Some of the names escape me but it was fun Rick had an apartment in Kingston so that solved the overnight stays.

Bill Brown Was called The Renaissance

Wendy Tilley John Corneil That’s definitely John Liddle, but it’s not a Marching Saints practice. We used valve, rotor G bugles, and not three valve trumpets.

 Agreed – was thinking the same thing – may have been a high school band practice



Just so you do not forget.. and this has been sent to Jennifer Fenwick Irwin of the museum and Joanne Henderson of the arena.. we have more hockey fame in Carleton Place–Thanks to Rick Schnaufer​ here is today’s quiz.

Did you know this Canadian Hockey Hall of Famer comes from Carleton Place? I know I had no idea. It’s James Cooper Smeaton (July 22, 1890 – October 3, 1978) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player, referee and head coach. He served as the National Hockey League (NHL)’s referee-in-chief from 1917 until 1937. Smeaton served as a Stanley Cup trustee from 1946 until his death in 1978. Smeaton was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961.Smeaton was born in Carleton Place, Ontario. read more –Click here—https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooper_Smeaton


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Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.


Christopher Gower — The Baryshnikov of Carleton Place

The Fred Astaire of Carleton Place — John Stanzel

Donald Cram — Nobel Prize for Chemistry

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

4 responses »

  1. I wonder if Joe and Lawrence and Reg new just how far the influence of this little OYB band would extend back in 1959 I think it was. I was a very young member then. One of the four little guys you see in the early pictures.


  2. Dear Linda, I can’t thank you enough for the flood of memories that your blog gave me. All of the great friends and adventures of my youth in Carleton Place are precious. Road hockey on McArthur Ave , playing in the Marching Saints Drum And Bugle Corps, soccer with Reverend Hill, being one of the first instrumental music students with David Ennis and my time at CPHS , I had forgotten many of the stories of my youth. Your website is an inspiration.
    John Liddle


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