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Kick Start Your Band This Fall!

The Downtowners Optimist Band Festival offers you an opportunity for a visiting clinician to come to your school for a 1 ½ hour clinic to help you and your band. You can tailor this clinic to your needs, that is between you and your clinician.

Details will follow but current planning is for this to happen in November. Registrations will be available by the time you return to school in September.

Following the trips to the schools during the week, there will be a play along (featuring our guest clinicians) and a social (read party!!) for the Directors in Regina on Friday evening (a little fun and some music!) and then PD clinics on Saturday!!

This is your opportunity to work with an expert on fundamentals or whatever you feel your program needs most! Make sure you take advantage of it!

After the fall program, we will hold our regular Band Festival in March ’22.

Details will be available at: Optimist Band Festival

U of S Concert Band Participation Now Open - Starting Fall 2021

The University of Saskatchewan Concert Band has a new rehearsal time and will meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in Quance Theatre. The time change will provide students more flexibility in their academic schedule and also provide an opportunity for alumni and community players to come together to make music– an example of the community outreach initiatives offered by the U of S Department of Music.

The University of Saskatchewan Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Glen Gillis is comprised of music and non-music majors plus community members. The ensemble performs a wide variety of artistic repertoire for this medium in various Saskatoon area and campus venues. The Concert Band was the first instrumental ensemble sanctioned in the Department of Music in 1961. This upcoming year will mark the 60th Anniversary of the Concert Band at the University of Saskatchewan.

There is no audition required and open to individuals who play a wind or percussion instrument. Members will receive a new folder of music for each term.

For further information please contact Dr. Glen Gillis at 

Please visit the Concert Band Website for the schedule, updates, and other details: U of S Concert Band Website

NBCK Spring Covid Concert 2021

The North Battleford City Kinsmen Band Association Inc. was able to continue rehearsing during the 2020-2021 season in part to the funding and support they have received from the Saskatchewan Band Association!

They recorded a concert this Spring and have recently released it to Facebook and YouTube. They wanted to share their concert and say thank you for your support during these difficult times for the Arts.

Click the image to watch their incredible concert!

Resonate Online 2021

Prairie Spirit School Division held the 7th annual Resonate music conference, spread across 3 days in April. Resonate represents acceptance, accessibility, engagement, environment, and community in music education.

The student conference offers students in grades 7 to 12 the opportunity to pursue music learning based on their personal interests. Due to the continued impact of the ongoing pandemic, the conference was held in an online format with the students choosing their sessions from 21 options offered by locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally recognized music industry professionals.

Resonate 2021 had 697 students register from across Canada. In addition, the teacher Professional Development day drew 69 educators from across Canada and parts of the USA.

NYB Virtual Concert Premiere 2021!

Congratulations, NYB 2021!

The Virtual National Youth Band of Canada 2021 had their NYB concert watch party - here they are performing pieces by Alex Shapiro, Pete Meechan, William Boyce, Jack Sirulnikoff, and Tom Davoren!

Use the link below to watch the full concert!

NYB Concert Link HERE

Welcome Prince Edward Island Band Association!

Welcome to the Prince Edwards Island Band Association! The PEIBA is just developing and looking forward to adding their voice at the CBA table and we couldn't be more excited.

Make sure to "like" their Facebook page and support them as they get their first events organized.

Congratulations to Alison Meadows Peters and the team in getting this off the ground - we are all very excited for what the future holds for the band scene in your province!

Check out more CBA Chapters including PEIBA on the CBA website using the link below. 

CBA Provincial Chapters

PEI Facebook Concert Band Community Forum

SJO - Play Along at Home Initiative

SJO releases music to play along with at home!

The SJO has put together a collection of charts and music to play along to, available to everyone on their website.

These are medium/advanced level charts by Saskatchewan composers.

They were inspired by their friends over at the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, who have their own collection of play along music.

Please use the link provided to access their Play Along at Home music tracks! 

Play Along At Home - SJO Website

With Selections by Matt Neufeld and Christian Overton

Canadian Jazz & Concert Band Repertoire Features will be available monthly. 

Simply click the link below to access the CBA website and you will be able to open the month of choice, read the reviews, and find links to the score and/or recordings.

CBA would like to thank Pauline Courcelles-Chabot for the translations that appear on the website. 

Canadian Repertoire Features

18th Annual High School Select Wind Orchestra 1st Virtual Recording Project

The 2021 USHSSWO involved over 60 students from 23 different high schools from around the Province last January, engaging them in an online workshop and a recording project. This year was special as the Department of Music sponsored a commission from Paul Suchan, alum of the Dept of Music. From the title of the piece, a (H)armlessly (S)ensible and (S)incere (W)alk (O)utside, Paul tailored the piece to the ensemble. Other selections included: Jenny - an arrangement by Spencer Krips (graduate from the U of S Dept of Music), Into the Blue by Cait Nishimura, and Galope España by Glen Gillis.

Below is an audio sample of all four selections from the recording project:

High School Select Wind Orchestra Compilation.m4a

National Arts Centre Music Alive Program

The National Arts Centre, through its Music Alive Program, would like to invite you to participate in its Band Intensive Online Professional Development sessions.

Since 2006, the NAC Music Alive Program has inspired and encouraged active participation in the arts to foster creativity, personal growth, and healthy communities, particularly in rural and remote regions of Canada. The NAC Music Alive Program brings Teaching Artists to schools in rural communities at little or no cost. With the advent of online learning, NAC has been at the forefront of online Arts presentations. The MAP Band Intensive is in its fourth year. Previously, MAP teaching artists would offer clinics and perform with Band students in rural schools. This year, we are offering Professional Development sessions for Rural Saskatchewan Band Teachers.

Please see and use the attached invitation letter and application form as needed. 

Band Intensive invitation letter 2021.pdf 


Canada West Performing Arts Festival

The provincial performing arts festival associations of Western Canada have partnered to present the Canada West Performing Arts Festival (CWPAF)! 

The CWPAF will be held in rotation with Saskatchewan hosting in the summer of 2022, Alberta hosting in 2023, and British Columbia hosting in 2024. 

To learn more about the Canada West Performing Arts Festival, please see the attached pdf. 

CWPAF Press Release Draft (final).pdf

2021 Sask Orchestral Assoc.International Saito Conducting Course

The 2021 Saskatchewan Orchestral Association’s International Saito Conducting workshop will be held Online from July 19 to 23.

Participants will work with an experienced instructional team led by Wayne Toews and a profession ensemble. 

Find more details here

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