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SBA Partnership with NAC

The SBA is pleased to announce a partnership with the National Arts Centre (NAC) and its Music Alive program! The NAC's Music Alive program has provided support to rural and remote band programs in Saskatchewan for a number of years. 

Both the SBA and the NAC look forward to this new partnership helping to expand the reach and support provided to band directors and developing band musicians. More highlights of the partnership will emerge over the next few months but the partnership has kicked off with the NAC's support of SBA's summer initiatives such as Band in the Park and our Online Summer Programs.

Stay tuned for ongoing updates and new initiatives made possible with this fantastic partnership. 

Casting is Now Open for Canada’s Got Talent!

Cooper Sheehan is a member of the Canada’s Got Talent Casting Team and they are looking for the extraordinary! 
Canada’s Got Talent is back and Casting is Now Open! They are looking for the best, most exciting and mind-blowing talent from across the nation! Does this sound like you?  

It’s easy, safe and simple to apply!  Via the online application CGT Citytv Website

On the website you will also find FAQ’s, Tips and Tricks that they encourage you to check out.

This is the only competition show that is open to ANY age and ANY talent who can do ANYTHING! They are calling ALL talented and entertaining Canadians, young and old, from every corner of the nation to apply for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show your amazing act!

Kick Start Your Band This Fall!

The Downtowners Optimist Band Festival offers you an opportunity for a visiting clinician to come to your school for a 1 ½ hour clinic to help you and your band. You can tailor this clinic to your needs, that is between you and your clinician.

Details will follow but current planning is for this to happen in November. Registrations will be available by the time you return to school in September.

Following the trips to the schools during the week, there will be a play along (featuring our guest clinicians) and a social (read party!!) for the Directors in Regina on Friday evening (a little fun and some music!) and then PD clinics on Saturday!!

This is your opportunity to work with an expert on fundamentals or whatever you feel your program needs most! Make sure you take advantage of it!

After the fall program, we will hold our regular Band Festival in March ’22.

Details will be available at: Optimist Band Festival

U of S Concert Band Participation Now Open - Starting Fall 2021

The University of Saskatchewan Concert Band has a new rehearsal time and will meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in Quance Theatre. The time change will provide students more flexibility in their academic schedule and also provide an opportunity for alumni and community players to come together to make music– an example of the community outreach initiatives offered by the U of S Department of Music.

The University of Saskatchewan Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Glen Gillis is comprised of music and non-music majors plus community members. The ensemble performs a wide variety of artistic repertoire for this medium in various Saskatoon area and campus venues. The Concert Band was the first instrumental ensemble sanctioned in the Department of Music in 1961. This upcoming year will mark the 60th Anniversary of the Concert Band at the University of Saskatchewan.

There is no audition required and open to individuals who play a wind or percussion instrument. Members will receive a new folder of music for each term.

For further information please contact Dr. Glen Gillis at 

Please visit the Concert Band Website for the schedule, updates, and other details: U of S Concert Band Website

SJO - Play Along at Home Initiative

SJO releases music to play along with at home!

The SJO has put together a collection of charts and music to play along to, available to everyone on their website.

These are medium/advanced level charts by Saskatchewan composers.

They were inspired by their friends over at the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, who have their own collection of play along music.

Please use the link provided to access their Play Along at Home music tracks! 

Play Along At Home - SJO Website

With Selections by Matt Neufeld and Christian Overton

Canadian Jazz & Concert Band Repertoire Features will be available monthly. 

Simply click the link below to access the CBA website and you will be able to open the month of choice, read the reviews, and find links to the score and/or recordings.

CBA would like to thank Pauline Courcelles-Chabot for the translations that appear on the website. 

Canadian Repertoire Features

National Arts Centre Music Alive Program

The National Arts Centre, through its Music Alive Program, would like to invite you to participate in its Band Intensive Online Professional Development sessions.

Since 2006, the NAC Music Alive Program has inspired and encouraged active participation in the arts to foster creativity, personal growth, and healthy communities, particularly in rural and remote regions of Canada. The NAC Music Alive Program brings Teaching Artists to schools in rural communities at little or no cost. With the advent of online learning, NAC has been at the forefront of online Arts presentations. The MAP Band Intensive is in its fourth year. Previously, MAP teaching artists would offer clinics and perform with Band students in rural schools. This year, we are offering Professional Development sessions for Rural Saskatchewan Band Teachers.

Please see and use the attached invitation letter and application form as needed. 

Band Intensive invitation letter 2021.pdf 


Canada West Performing Arts Festival

The provincial performing arts festival associations of Western Canada have partnered to present the Canada West Performing Arts Festival (CWPAF)! 

The CWPAF will be held in rotation with Saskatchewan hosting in the summer of 2022, Alberta hosting in 2023, and British Columbia hosting in 2024. 

To learn more about the Canada West Performing Arts Festival, please see the attached pdf. 

CWPAF Press Release Draft (final).pdf

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