Band in the Park
Goodbye Covid! Hello Music...In the Park!
The SBA is inviting band musicians of ALL ages to simply drop-in and join together to play some fan favorite music in the park! We have selected some fun music that will entertain musicians and anyone who might happen to be listening. This FREE event is open to band students and adult community band musicians.
To keep the event as simple as possible, participants are asked to bring their own chairs, music stands (if they have one) and instruments. Chad Huel, SBA Past-President & Honour Band Coordinator, has agreed to be our Band in the Park Coordinator and we are grateful to the support of Joel Lareaux, Mark Preece, and Stacey Mortenson Spokes as our guest Band Directors.
Summer Band Camps
The Saskatchewan Band Association’s Summer Band Camp program is a long-standing, highly successful initiative for both junior and senior band students.
Camps are hosted in Regina, Saskatoon, Yorkton and at Kenosee Lake. Each of those locations host a camp for Junior students from grades 6 – 9. Saskatoon and Regina Camps also run a camp simultaneously for Senior band students from grades 10 – 12.
*Unfortunately all Camps are CANCELLED for the summer of 2021... we hope to see everyone next year!*
Prairieland Jazz Camp
Offered over 1 very full week in the summer, Jazz Camp participants learn from outstanding national level clinicians.
Prairielands Jazz Camp is a unique opportunity where developing jazz musicians engage with some of the best jazz performers and educators in Canada for great week of intensive jazz training.
The Prairielands Jazz Camp is great for all youth with at least two years of Band instrument experience, prior jazz experience is not necessary. Camp activities are designed to help each participant feel comfortable, yet challenged.
Camp is open to youth from grade 7 to 12.
*Cancelled for summer of 2021.*
Saskatchewan Provincial Junior & Intermediate Honour Band Program
The SBA and SMEA partner to host the Saskatchewan Junior and Intermediate Honour Bands in both the South and North parts of the province to provide an enrichment experience for accomplished young musicians. Participants from grades 7 – 10 are nominated for the program by their Band Director.
The final make-up of each band takes into account Band Director recommendations, instrumentation mix and overall geographic diversity of participants to maximize program reach around the province. SBA coordinates and administers the South program and SMEA manages the North program. Each year SBA administers a South program that reaches 125 – 130 participants from over 25 communities with the event concluding each year in a concert for over 450 audience members.
Canadian Band Association National Youth Band Program
The National Youth Band of Canada (NYB) is the most comprehensive music education youth project offered by the Canadian Band Association. In 1978, 1991, and annually since 1994, the National Youth Band of Canada has provided an opportunity for the country's outstanding 16-22 year old musicians to gather for an enriching and inspiring musical and cultural experience. It is an outstanding opportunity to perform under the leadership of a renowned Canadian conductor and a Yamaha Canada Music Ltd. featured soloist. The NYB experience also provides each of these young musicians the chance to network with some of the finest instrumentalists from across Canada. The NYB is the premiere youth wind ensemble in Canada.
Every year band participants travel to a different Canadian province for one week of intense rehearsals and performances. Saskatchewan will host the event again in 2023 but planning and preparation will begin in 2021, including the hosting of the CBA fall business meeting to review logistics and plans.