Established in 1983, the Saskatchewan Band Association is a registered charity dedicated to the development and promotion of Band music throughout the province. 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, band parent associations, students, and education institutions.
Membership in the SBA demonstrates your support of band and the value it adds to the cultural fabric of our communities. Together we present a strong, collective voice, both provincially and nationally, on issues affecting Saskatchewan bands and the Saskatchewan community.
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Join us on April 13th for Percussion Masterclasses with Darcy Gingras and Helen Barclay!
Darcy Gingras: Darcy began his musical career at the age of 12 as a percussionist in his grade six band at W.F. Ready School in Regina, Saskatchewan. Quickly discovering his passion for all things percussion, he began playing in numerous concert bands and jazz groups before enrolling at the University of Regina. Upon completion of his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2003, he began teaching full time as an elementary band instructor in White City, Pilot Butte and McLean. He continued in that role until 2008 when he chose to resign and become an at-home parent and freelance musician. Darcy has been a member of the Regina Symphony Orchestra since 2001 and currently holds the title of Principal Percussion. He has been a private percussion instructor at the Conservatory of Performing Arts in Regina since 2007 and provides sectionals and clinics for elementary and high schools throughout southern Saskatchewan.
Helen Barclay: Helen Barclay began percussion studies at the University of Regina and earned her Bachelor of Music Performance degree with high distinction in percussion from McGill University. In Montreal she played in many ensembles including L’Ensemble Percussion de McGill under Pierre Beluse, the Group of the Electronic Music Studio (G.E.M.S.) and Harmonie 5 Steel Band. She has recorded for CBC Radio and Radio Canada. Helen spent 2 semesters as artist in residence in the Winter Cycle Program of the Banff Centre of Fine Arts, studying with Keiko Abe, Jean Paul Drouet, David Friedman and John Wyre.
Colin Traquair / Nick Fanner
Brass Master Classes
April 20th @ 4pm
Join us on April 20th for Brass Master Classes with Colin Traquair and Nick Fanner!
Colin Traquair: Born in Melfort and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Colin Traquair has held the position of Second Trombone with the National Arts Centre Orchestra [NACO] since 1989. He also played four seasons with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, and was Principal Trombone with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra 1995-2002. Studying with legendary teachers and performers Frank Crisafulli and Arnold Jacobs of the Chicago Symphony, he received his Masters Degree from Northwestern University in 1988, and first receiving his Bachelors Degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1985, studying with Buddy Baker.
Nick Fanner: Having retired after 31 years of teaching elementary and secondary band with the Saskatoon Public School Division, Nick currently directs the Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra as well as an adult Beginner Jazz Band and Intermediate Concert Band with the Saskatoon Community Bands program. Mr. Fanner has directed the 2019 Regina Catholic Schools Jr. Band (while adjudicating at Band Days), as well as the 2019 Regina Public Schools Jr. Band. Mr. Fanner has conducted the Sask. Band Association South Sask. Intermediate Band (2018) & South Sask. Jr. Band (2014). He continues to be a member of the staff at the Prairielands Jazz Camp in Regina, having done so since 2002.
Cameron Church / Allison Miller / Miranda Hulshof
Woodwind Master Classes
April 27th @ 4pm
Join us on April 27th for Woodwind Master Classes with Cameron Church, Allison Miller and Miranda Hulshof!
Cameron Church: Cameron is a graduate of the University of Regina (B.Mus.Ed) and the University of North Texas (M.M. Jazz Studies). He has studied saxophone with Karen Finnsson, Jim Riggs, and Brad Leali and during that time period also became a member of the music honours society Phi Kappa Lambda. Cam has had a wide variety of performance opportunities with Carnival Cruise Lines, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Regina Jazz Orchestra, Regina Saxophone Quartet, Bob Moyer Big Band, Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra and as a pit orchestra member in many musicals. Cameron has also been on faculty with the SBA Regina Summer Band Camp and is one of the Coordinators of the SBA’s Prairielands Jazz Camp. He currently works as a band director, saxophonist and clinician based out of Moose Jaw, SK.
Allison Miller: Allison Miller, Saskatoon born flutist, is thrilled to have recently joined the SSO in 2019. Allison completed a Diploma of Music at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, studying with Richard Volet. She went on to complete both a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music specializing in Music Performance at the University of Ottawa, studying with Camille Churchfield. Allison has appeared numerous times as both a Flutist and Piccoloist with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Allison is a three time NYO Canada alum and has participated in international tours to Portugal, Germany and Scotland as well as the Canadian Edges of Canada coast to coast tour. Allison spent three summers studying with William Bennet (WIBB) and Lorna McGhee at the PIFR international festival off the coast of Vancouver. She has also attended the Domaine Forget International Music Academy and the Orford Music Academy.
Miranda Hulshof: Miranda Hulshof holds a degree in clarinet performance and a degree in education from the University of Regina. She began playing the clarinet in school band and soon realized her passion for music and the instrument. Miranda studied with Pauline Minevich, and has performed with the Regina Winds, University of Regina ensembles, National Youth Band of Canada, the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra, and various other groups and solo performances. She currently teaches the school band program in Lumsden and area.
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Whether you are considering a full virtual concert like our virtual Holiday Concert or a audio only version of your band playing one favorite tune - let us help.
Don't let technology hold you back. With the support of the SBA's great recording and production team of Matt & Eric, your band(s) can just focus on the music. There are a number of options and we are here to help you celebrate band in the way that is best for you.
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