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Saskatoon Band 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
  • Allie Atter
  • Julie Atter

The Saskatoon Band Camp was our last Band Camp in 2022! We had 85 incredible participants from across the province join for a great week of unique learning and playing with our sensational line up of instructors! Throughout the week, the participants got a chance to play in full band, small ensemble, sectionals, Jazz Band or Muisc Options, and private lessons!

Our faculty got to put on a concert for the participants with pieces varying from Mama Mia to stories told through the style of playing, to complete improvising, to playing a piece using pots, pans, a blender, and other various kitchen items! It was a joy for everyone listening and playing.

On Thursday we had the Band Camp Olympics with plenty of fun games for everyone to participate in, to win the ultimate prize...first in line for pizza! With everyone split into teams and a corresponding colour it was a great time playing games incluidng the Shoe Game, Whistling Crackers, Partner Water Balloon Carrying, and last but not least, a classic Water Balloon Toss, along with "tossing" them at other people. Everyone had a BLAST!

The participants got to hold a Small Ensemble Concert for their peers before their Final Concert. There were so many groups that took the opportunity to play with instuments they noramlly couldn't play with, some instruments stayed together, some big, some small; it was such a fun variety! There was also a Jazz Band that everyone got to see. There was the Green Jazz Band that played Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock, and the Blue Jazz Band that played their own arrangement of Chameleon also by Herbie Hancock. Both these Jazz Bands were led by Sarah Suchan and Gerard Weber.

First up in the Final Concert we have the Green Band directed by David Snell. They played an incredible variety of music including Glorioso by Robert W. Smith, which is a fun fanfare piece, Circle of Life arranged by Michael Sweeny, October Sky by Rob Romeyn, which is a gentle ballad styled song, Presto by Robert Sheldon, which is an enthusiastic anf fast-paced piece, Pirates of the Caribbean, Spania by David Shaffer, which is a very fun spanish fanfare, and last but not least, Funky Town arranged by Johnnie Vinson. Everyone did such an incredible job!

With the Jazz Bands in between, last comes the Blue Band, conducted by Will Martin. They got to play some very unique pieces including La Bataille, which is the third movement of Renaissance Suite by Jim Curnow, which is a fun fanfare that lets instruments trade the melody, Times Uncertain Wing by David Gillingham, which is a beautifully haunting piece, Imaginarium by Randall D. Standridge, which is a very fast-paced fanfare, and last but not least Vivo! Gallop arranged by Andrew Glover, which is a fun circus sounding fanfare and it brought an excellent close to the Saskatoon Band Camp!

We had 12 more participants win the Bob Mossing Award! 

Back Row: Dane Block, Ronan Inkster, Jasmine Adam, Amelia Spray, Nathaniel Olson and Levin Wiebe

Front Row: Miguel Trew, Senan Loy, Abigail Bowles, Daniel Karjala, Lily Karras and Alyssa Beaupre

In Their Own Words... Quotes from Participants

  • The best musical thing I learned was how to improvise for Jazz Band
  • My favourite part was getting to try new challenging pieces that are fun to play
  • The best thing I learned was how to sight read better
  • The best musical thing I learned was some new and different techniques on the snare drum

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