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Established in 1983, the Saskatchewan Band Association is a non-profit, charitable organization.

We are open to any individual, group or organization interested in furthering the development of bands in Saskatchewan.

The Association represents community bands, school bands, the Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association, band directors, music educators, parent associations, students, education institutions, community organizations, and other music associations.


Membership

Membership in the Saskatchewan Band Association provides a variety of benefits, including a diverse range of programs and services which enhance and support the future of instrumental music in Saskatchewan. Together we present a strong, collective voice, both provincially and nationally, on issues affecting Saskatchewan bands and the Saskatchewan community. Please click here for the membership page


SBA eNews

The eNewsletter of the Saskatchewan Band Association is sent out to subscribers each Tuesday during the school year. It contains news items and events of interest to band directors, musicians, parents, and all those interested in band and instrumental music. Please feel free to submit news items to the SBA office here. Please submit items by noon each Monday to be included in the Tuesday mail-out.

Click here for the SBA eNews archive


Awards

The Saskatchewan Band Association Awards program offers scholarships to students, recognizes distinguished band directors and volunteers. Click here for the awards page


Curriculum Support

The SBA works with other organizations and Saskatchewan Education to provide input into curriculum and support documents for Band. Click here for the Curriculum Support Page


Provincial Junior and Intermediate Bands

The SBA and SMEA partner to put on the Saskatchewan Junior and Intermediate Honour Bands in both the South and North. It is designed to create an enriched musical experience for talented young musicians in our province. These students should be keen and looking for an amazing musical experience.

The South Saskatchewan Junior and Intermediate Honour Band weekend will be taking place on Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at Emerald Ridge Elementary School in White City (15 Motherwell Drive).

Click here for South Information and forms

The North Saskatchewan Junior and Intermediate Honour Band will be taking place on Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th in Lloydminster at St. Thomas Elementary School (5216 – 44th Street, Lloydminster).

Click here for the North Information and forms


 

Summer Band Camps

The Saskatchewan Band Association has established this program to provide a summer band camp opportunity for students at a reasonable cost. Day camps are offered in Regina, Saskatoon, and Yorkton. The Kenosee Junior Camp is a full residential camp offered at Clearview Camp in beautiful Kenosee Lake Provincial Park.

Each camp offers comprehensive instruction for woodwind, brass and percussion students who have one or more years of playing experience. The camps are designed to assist in the improvement of performance skills that relate directly to the positive experiences of playing in a large ensemble. The camp provides an excellent way for students to learn new musical and technical skills, make new friends, have fun, and improve sound and technique. Students will be assigned to a band on the first morning of camp, according to their musical experience and performance ability.

The camps include full band, private lessons, sectional instruction, small ensembles, master classes, theory, ear training, rhythm training, sight-reading, staff performances, recreation and social activities, and a final student’s public concert. Junior Camps: Students who have completed one year of playing up to and including grade 9. Advanced junior students wishing to attend Senior camp should contact the SBA office or the coordinator of your camp. Senior Camps: Grades 9 and up. Students who have graduated from grade 12 are welcome to attend.

Click here for Summer Band Camp Information


Member Funding

The Saskatchewan Band Association’s Member Funding Program provides financial assistance to Saskatchewan Band Festivals, Saskatchewan Community Bands, the Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association, and other Special Projects relating to instrumental music in Saskatchewan. Click here for the Member Funding page


 

Saskatchewan Music Conference

"Music for all... Live it, Love it, Learn it!" 

November 13-15 - Saskatoon Inn

The Saskatchewan Music Conference is an exciting annual event that brings the province’s music community together to network and develop their skills. This year’s conference will take place at the Saskatoon Inn and will feature over 40 sessions in band, choral, classroom, music festival, technology and orchestral streams. The conference starts Thursday evening with the Band and Choir rehearsals followed by a social for all delegates.

The Saskatchewan Music Conference is an initiative of the five provincial music organizations: the Saskatchewan Band Association, Saskatchewan Choral Federation, Saskatchewan Music Educators Association, Saskatchewan Music Festivals Association, and the Saskatchewan Orchestral Association. Click here for the SMC website


 

Mentorship

As a service to new band teachers, the SBA offers a free mentorship program for SBA members who are recent instrumental music education graduates or are new to teaching band. Click here for the Mentorship page