Honorary Patron - Mike Race


The Kiwanis Club of Grand Falls-Windsor is pleased to announce that the Honorary Patron (posthumous) of this year's Central Newfoundland Music Festival is Mike Race. 

Mike was a long-standing contributor to the music scene in Central NL for many years.  He passed away on October 17, 2021. He taught music in the Bishop’s Falls school system until his retirement in 2012, leaving his many students with fond memories and experiences.

In 1984, Mike co-founded the Exploits Jazz Band and was proud to say that the group has remained together ever since. He also conducted the Grand Falls-Windsor Concert Band for more than 30 years. The longevity of both these community groups is a testament to Mike’s musical leadership.

On a community level, Mike was involved with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, a member of CNVAS, and a former member of the Cathedral Choir.

He was artistic, kind, loved to joke around and make people smile. He had a heart of gold.