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Prairielands Jazz Camp - 2022 Highlights

Special Thanks & Recognition

SBA Band Camps are successful because of the care, support and dedication of many individuals, community groups and organizations. 

Sask Lotteries, SaskCulture, NAC Music Alive Program and many others have helped to make the summer a success for Saskatchewan youth who love band. 

Thank you to the wonderful facilities that host our yearly camps.  The University of Regina, The University of Saskatchewan, and the Yorkton Regional High School in Yorkton. All first rate facilities that allow the camps to run smoothly.

Here is a list of sponsors for summer band camps, we greatly appreciate all of the support!

  • Creative Kids
  • Yorkton Band Boosters
  • Regina Catholic Band Parent Association
  • Regina Catholic School Division
  • St. Kateri school
  • St. Pius school
  • Deshaye school
  • Allie Atter
  • Julie Atter

The Prairielands Jazz Camp made for an amazing start to the 2022 Band Camp Season! We had 38 fantastic young musicians from around the province join us for an awesome week of learning and jazzing with our sensational line up of nationally acclaimed instructors! Throughout the week, the participants were able to experience the jazz style in a variety of different settings. They participated in big bands, combos, instrument masterclasses, sectionals, guided listening, and methods classes.

Our faculty combo put on two exceptional concerts on Tuesday and Thursday night and they were a sight and sound to behold. This year they also held an incredible big band concert representing all of the faculty including a couple of university students. Many of the students and their families took advantage of coming to listen to these high-caliber performances and filled up the Shu-Box both nights.

During the combo concert, all the students had the opportunity to show what they learned throughout the week in jazz methods by improvising a solo. There were a total of 5 Combo groups including a “Monster” Combo. Many of the students in this combo had little to no jazz experience prior to camp, and this was their first time improvising in front of a live audience. They played so well!

The big band concert was no less spectacular than the combo concert and capped off an excellent week at camp. 

The Orange Band, directed by Mr. Cameron Church, kicked off the show with some fun tunes and some jazz standards including Moten Swing by Bennie Moten, Blue Heron by Christian Overton, and Dinosaur Strut by Paul Clark.

From the Orange Band we have Wyatt Olsen, a trombone player, who won the Bob Mossing Youth Leadership award for his contribution to his band.

For many of the participants it was their first jazz concert in a couple years or their first concert ever! It was great to have students being bold and learning about jazz music.

The concert was brought to a sensational finale by the Red Band and their director, Mrs. Cheryl Ferguson.

They brought us on a journey through jazz history by playing Miss Missouri, recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra, Every Summer Night by Pat Metheny, That Warm Feeling by Sammy Nestico, and Oclupaca by Duke Ellington.

From the Red Band we have 2 more Bob Mossing Youth Leadership award recipients Chloe Jackson-Reynolds (left), a tenor sax player, and Archer Schick (right), percussionist. The highlight of the Red Band was an incredible solo done by Chloe on flute. It was a sight to see!

In Their Own Words... Quotes from Participants

What did you like best about camp?

" Probably the combos it's a good experience being with other people in small groups" 

" I liked the teachers and instructors at the camp because it takes a fun band to be a good band" 

" Playing music with similar skilled musicians"

" The opportunities to ask professional on my instrument some questions that have confused me" 

" The theory and combos. This helped with soloing a lot."

What's the best musical thing you learned while at camp?

“How to get better sound and articulate better”

“I learned about improvising which I never did before”

“I learned how the chords for soloing actually helps and I now understand how to use them”

“I learned more about how jazz music sound/groups operate and what it takes to make the music interesting through solos and working together”

“I learned more about chords progressions and scale degrees along with different scales."

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