Captain Wendell Eisener, B.Mus., M.A., Th.D. first joined the BFD Band in 1983. He went on to study music at Acadia University before pursuing theological studies in Waterloo, Ontario. After his return to Nova Scotia in 1995, he operated E & E Music, was the founder and conductor of the Lighthouse Chamber Orchestra, and has been the organist for a number of churches on the South Shore. He was appointed Music Director of the BFD Band in June 2003.
Since then he has led the band to national and international recognition, including a successful tour of the UK in 2011, sending members to participate in Remembrance Day ceremonies at Belgium’s Menin Gate two times, and receiving Vice-Regal patronage for the Band in 2013. In addition to his duties with the Band, he teaches part-time at Saint Mary’s University, and is the training officer of the Italy Cross-Middlewood & District Fire Department. In November 2017 he was awarded the Senate Sesquicentennial Medal at a ceremony on Ottawa in recognition of his work with the fire service, including the BFD Band. In November 2018 he, along with twelve other long-serving members of the Band, was invested with the Sovereigns' Medal for Volunteers. In 2021 he received the Exemplary Service Medal for 20 years as an active member of the Fire Service.
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