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Virtual Holiday Band Concert

Let's show COVID-19 who's boss!  Everyone LOVES the Holiday Season of Band Concerts - but right now getting together to practice or perform is extra challenging.  So join in this fun, province wide opportunity to be part of something BIG.

Who can participate?

Anyone who has been playing a band instrument for at least ONE year!  It does not matter if your school band program has been cancelled or does not allow you to play your instrument.  It does not matter if your Community Band is not practicing right now.  For the love of Band - simply sign up & play! 

Participation is open to anyone with at least ONE year in band & is FREE...FREE... FREE

What is a Provincial Virtual Concert?

This is a "first-ever" event, so thanks for asking.  To provide an opportunity for everyone to participate, we have set up a number of "bands".  We are welcoming individual band musicians - yes you! - to join the band(s) you think are right for you:

  • grade 7 - 9 students
  • grade 10 - 12 students
  • Intermediate Y'All Come Band - suitable for adult musicians & students with 4 years or less of playing
  • Advanced Y'All Come Band - suitable for adult musicians & students with more than 5 years in band
  • Brass Y'All Come Band - led by the Queen City and Saskatoon Brass Bands - open to all brass players 

With the help of dedicated Band Directors, the SBA has selected music suitable for the various levels & for the season.  Participants will be given access to the music and a click track as well as a simple instruction guide on how to make a good recording.  The SBA will compile all of the recordings submitted by the November 23 deadline into an online Virtual Holiday Band Concert.  All participants, as well as supporting Band Directors and Community Bands will be provided with the Concert link to share it with their families, friends, schools and regular band supporters.

What do I have to do?

First - take a look/listen to the music that has been selected for each of the various Bands.  You are welcome to sign up for a maximum of 3 different Bands (to help us maximize participation).  Once you have decided to participate and know which band(s) are right for you, sign up for FREE by following the steps below.  NOTE: students do not have to sign up based on grade, select the music level that is right for your playing ability - the key is to have fun. If you are unsure, ask your Band Director for help.

After signing up, you will be provided with access to your music... begin practicing.  Record your performance and submit it no later than November 23.  Relax and wait for the concert link!  It is that simple. 

Remember:  Participation is open to anyone with at least ONE year in band & is FREE...FREE... FREE ...

Ready to Register?  Great - Register NOW

To register, you will need to register/log in to your SBA account.  For instructions or to set up a free account, please see further down the page or click here.

Music Selections by Band

Band Options:

Music Title

(click to hear sample)

Composer

Additional Details

Grade 7, 8 & 9 Mass Band

Robert W. Smith

Featuring music celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Ramadan, “A World Holiday Celebration” is a unique medley for the concert band.

Grade 10, 11 & 12 Mass Band

Roland Barrett

A powerful arrangement that combines Barrett's bold, aggressive writing with the sounds of the holidays.

Y’All Come Band - Intermediate

Jim Curnow

This brilliant opener is an inspiring and spirited fanfare  to add flair to every holiday concert. 

 Y’All Come Band - Senior

Stan Applebaum

Enjoy the magic of New York Pops arranger Stan Applebaum with this fabulous arrangement!

Y'all Come Brass Band 

Irving Berlin  Arr. Philip Sparke

Great "Christmas" arrangement with wonderful close harmonies to get everyone in the Festive mood


How to register

If you are registering for an SBA program for the first time - welcome!  The registration process begins with having (and logging into) an SBA Membership Account. 

If you are already an SBA Member, log in before starting the registration process.

If you are not a member simply sign up for a free Band Family Account.  A Band Family Account can be used by anyone who is not a member & would like to register: youth and adults alike! Once you set up your Account, you will receive a confirmation email with your user name and a temporary password.  From there you can log in and change your password if you wish. 

There are 4 key steps to register:

  1. Create  your free Band Family Account or purchase an SBA Membership (Already have an account /SBA membership? Go to Step 2.) 
  2. Log in - when you create your account you will receive an email with log in instructions.
  3. Click on the Register button on the Event Registration page HERE 
  4. Select the Band you wish to join and follow the prompts to complete the registration process.  To join more than 1 band, simply re-do the step.
Please Note:   Your SBA Membership/Band Family Account will link all registrations directly to your account, streamlining the registration process and giving you direct access to update your contact information, view past involvement with SBA and more.

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