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

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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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