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ABOUT THE SBA

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.

Show your support for band, consider becoming an SBA Member today.  For more information:

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Donations Welcome

As a registered charity, SBA relies on the support of volunteers and donors to help support our work.

Thank you for considering making a donation, every contribution is appreciated.  

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Or mail in your donation at any time. 

Thank you for supporting Band!



And LOTS More Summer Programming...

SBA Launches Summer Programs 
With In-person & Online Options

As our world slowly begins to return to normal, SBA wants to help keep band enthusasts engaged!  We have a number of special opportunities throughout the summer.

Band in the Park - a FREE drop-in opportunity to just play some fun music.  For dates, locations and to RSVP to have access to music visit: Band in the Park

Online Semi-Private Lessons - lesson sets offered for July & August.  Click here for more information & to register: Semi-Private Lessons 

Online Composition - Level 1 and Level 2 Courses... for budding band composers.  Visit Composition Course - Level 1 or Composition Course - Level 2

Exciting NEW program - Intro to Pep Band ... includes playing with the Rider Pep Band at Mosaic Stadium!  For details visit:  Intro to Pep Band

Watch Our SBA Highlights Presentation!

Take a look at everything we accomplished in 2020, it was a different and strange year but that didn't deter us from providing the band community with excellent Online Band Programs, Zoom Webinars, Contests, Concerts and More!

A huge thank you to everyone who supported, played, and helped us all get through this crazy year!

Click the image below to watch our Highlights!


Upcoming Health Restriction Changes HELP Return to Band Planning

Critical Information for Band Planning

ALL Public Health Order Restrictions could be lifted as early as July 11, 2021

The Saskatchewan Band Association has received confirmation from the Government of Saskatchewan that: “The Public Health Order and its associated restrictions (inclusive of capacity and masking) will be lifted as early as July 11, provided the vaccination rate of Sask residents 12 years and over hits at least 70% by June 20.”

What does this mean for Bands?  In short, once we hit Stage 3 there will be ZERO mandated restrictions:

  • No masking requirements (while playing or otherwise)
  • No physical distancing requirements
  • No capacity limits for indoor rehearsals etc.
  • Band planning – specifically for the fall – can be based on pre-pandemic style operations

But, FIRST we need to get to Stage 3. 

To hit the July 11 date, there are essentially two benchmarks that need to be reached:

  • 70% of Sask residents 12+ need to be vaccinated, AND
  • At least 3 weeks have passed since the beginning of Step 2, which is scheduled for June 20.

Following the Public Health Orders currently in place is also key to help keep infection rates and hospitalizations declining as vaccination rates grow.

Help Make July 11 a GREAT Day for Bands.. and Saskatchewan in general

If you, or someone you know, have not yet received a vaccine, please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine. to book an appointment or find out more information.

As Public Health Orders are lifted...  

The SBA will also connect with our national and international partners to see what transitional safety measures Bands might want to consider to support musician safety and confidence in the fall.  These would be recommendations only and not government mandated restrictions.

Thank you - all the best as you begin to plan for "normal" band programming in the fall!

SBA Scholarship Award Winners!

We are pleased to announce the following SBA Scholarship recipients:






David Gelinas Memorial Jazz Scholarship

Winner:

Rochelle Wright of Vanscoy!


Bev Shore Scholarships

Winners: 

Samuel Boyd of Saskatoon,

Daly Haas of North Battleford, 

Megan Betteridge of Pilot Butte/Balgonie, 

Ella Sikora of Lloydminster, 

Ainsley Arndt of Regina!

Greg McLean Scholarship

Winners: 

Lindsay Holizki from the U of R,  

Rhett Schroeder from the U of S!


Welcome NEW Board Members!


The SBA is proud to welcome our 4 new board members! 

Tyne Hagey who attended the University of Saskatchewan between 2009 and 2012 and studied flute in the Bachelor of Music Program. In 2012, she transferred to the College of Law and completed a Juris Doctor in 2015. 

Tricia McEwan who has worked in the field of education for over 26 years as teacher, administrator and superintendent of curriculum for Pre-K-12.

Maribeth Gauthier who is an elementary school Band and Arts Education teacher with the Saskatoon Public School Division, currently working at Ecole River Heights School.

Michelle Wall who has served for the past two years on the SBA Board of Directors. While a teacher by profession, Michelle brings the Band Parent perspective to the SBA Board with 3 children who have all participated in band at the elementary and high school level.

SBA Members can log in & head over to our Members Resource page so you can learn a little bit more about these fantastic individuals.  Member Resources

THANK YOU SSCF & G. Murray & Enda Forbes Foundation!


Thanks to funding support for the G.Murray & Edna Forbes Foundation at the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, the SBA has concluded 2 sets of special winter/spring online band programming. January - March we had participants join us from around the province for our first-ever After School Online Program. April and early May we welcomed participants for our first foray into Online Semi-private and music theory lessons. A super special thanks to all of our SBA Clinician Bureau members for their instructional support in all programs and to Julie Atter and Matt Henry for their coordination and technical support of the weekly sessions!

Participant feedback speaks volumes:

      • "Loved the classes, liked the tune up Tuesdays that were applicable to my instrument. Glad this was offered so I could play my instrument (can’t at school) so this was great. Thank u"
      • "I really enjoyed the class. Great way to prep for my quint 5 band class. I thought the instructor was very good."
      • "The class was really fun and I enjoyed it a lot! My instructor was very good and I would definitely take it again."
      • "I had a lot of fun and loved my instructor."


3rd Report from Performing Arts Aerosol Study Released

The international coalition is pleased to be release the Performing Arts Aerosol Study's 3rd Report at 1pm on Friday November 13th.

New information being shared includes:

      • The latest written report (available as of November 13th)
                    • A one-page summary
                    • Aerosol Production and Mitigation Effects
                    • Efficacy of Bell Covers and Masks
                    • Keyhole Expellation of Aerosol
                    • Refined APS Data Sheets
                    • CFD Modeling of Small Ensemble Singers and Clarinets

To Access ALL of the newly released information, visit the Study's main page here:  Performing Arts Aerosol Study



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