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Tommy Banks - A Musical Tribute

The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra will be presenting within our 2019-2020 concert season a musical tribute to Canadian music icon the late Tommy Banks. This project will be in 2 parts.

Part 1: Public Talk on Tommy Banks' Life and Legacy: Long-time friend & musical collaborator (of Banks) Ray Baril (sax) will give this 45 minute talk on Friday, January 17th at 7:30 p.m. in the lecture hall in the rRemai mModern. Ray’s talk will address a number of outcomes/indicators (listed below) from our province’s Jazz 20 &30 and Music 20 & 30 curricula (for those of you who teach school-based music). There will be no charge for this (rush seating) talk presentation.

Part 2: Concert: The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra will present a concert entitled Tommy Banks: A Music Tribute at the Broadway Theatre on January 18, 2020 @ 7:30 PM. This concert will feature a number of Tommy’s compositions and arrangements plus an appearance by Tommy’s granddaughter professional vocalist Mallory Chipman. This concert will pay homage to Tommy’s musical contributions for large jazz ensemble specifically, showcasing repertoire from his extensive musical catalogue.

2020 National Youth Band of Canada

 Recall Audition

The 2020 National Youth Band of Canada is recalling auditions for the following positions:  Clarinet Trumpet Trombone String Bass

Recall Audition Deadline is January 22, 2020 (Midnight PST)

Brass/Woodwinds/Double Bass Scales: Full Chromatic on instrument (Full range of instrument) Concert F and Ab Major ending with arpeggio (Both full range of instrument)  Solos: Two contrasting short solos or etudes recorded within the last 6 months

Audition Music:  All music must be scanned and included with your audition as pdf or jpeg formats ~ Clearly indicate what passages were performed.
Auditions are judged anonymously ~ Please do not state your name on audition audio file submission or digitally alter or splice a recording during a scale, arpeggio, solo or etude.  Only mp3 is accepted

Audition Fee: $40 ~ Fees are reduced to $20 if the student or teacher is a CBA member ~ Applicants must be between 16-22 years of age by April 26, 2020.                                              Fees and auditions are made online at

Saskatchewan Orchestral Association’s International Saito Conducting Workshop

Saskatoon from July 18 to 25 ,2020

Participants will work with an experienced instructional team led by Wayne Toews and a professional ensemble.  Details are posted at

Over the past 15 years the workshops have attracted participants from around the world and created a broad community of professional support. Prof. Saito’s method resulted from his analysis of conducting gestures. Through the development of skills and exposure to Saito’s remarkable concepts, participants are empowered to express musical ideas at the highest level.  

Two spots with generous bursaries have been reserved for Saskatchewan musicians. Because spots are limited those who are interested should register as soon as possible. The workshop serves conductors working in schools, community groups, professional ensembles and universities. 

Looking for more information?  Send requests and inquiries to Wayne Toews:


Know a Keen High School Musician? Or a Teacher who wants to Boost their Inventory by $5000?

Yamaha has launched the #MyOCanada contest, where one (or two) high school students can record themselves playing our national anthem in a distinctive Canadian location.  They’ll pick the best performance and give the student $5000 worth of Yamaha music products for themselves, and another $5000 towards instruments for their school.  It really is that easy! 




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Musical Gift from the University of Saskatchewan

A few years ago the University of Saskatchewan commissioned a multi-movement work from Dept. of Music B.Mus. graduate Paul Suchan. Paul was asked write a piece of music commemorating Canada’s sesquicentennial which aligned with Saskatchewan 110th anniversary as a province. 

The resultant 3 moment work includes repertoire for (mov. 1) wind ensemble (mov. 2) concert choir, and (mov. 3) large jazz ensemble. The project did not stop there however. After the UofS Wind Orchestra, Greystone Singers and Jazz Ensemble premiered the university level repertoire, Paul Suchan then re-orchestrated all three movements so that they could be performed by high school level bands, choirs, and jazz ensembles. These revised pieces are our university’s musical offerings to the community; these pieces are now being shared with high school music programs across the country so that younger students too can also enjoy this wonderful music, created by a home grown Saskatchewan composer.

About the pieceScenes of a Prairie Peoples is a piece commissioned by the University of Saskatchewan in 2017 to commemorate Canada’s sesquicentennial, and the 110th Anniversary of the University of Saskatchewan. This 3-movement piece is a celebration of the land, and, of the different peoples that have inhabited it.  

The first movement, The Hunters Where Lillies Grow for Wind Orchestra, offers a glimpse of the land ten thousand years ago, when hunters chased their prey among the tiger lilies. The second movement, The Horsemen Where Rivers Join for Choir, is a retelling of a famous horse race between the Cree and Blackfoot at the forks of the North Saskatchewan and Battle rivers over one hundred years ago.  

The third and final movement, The Fiddlers Where Greystones Stand for Jazz Orchestra, brings us to present day, the greystones representing the University of Saskatchewan, a place where the multi-faceted history of this land can be explored and shared. 

This piece was premiered by the UofS Wind OrchestraGreystone Singers and Jazz Ensemble.

The composer, Paul Suchan, was born in 1983 in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, graduated with a B. Mus/B.Mus Ed (2007) from the University of Saskatchewan and M.Mus in Composition (2012) at the Université de Montréal where he studied with composer Alan Belkin. He is currently based in Saskatoon with his wife Naomi.  

Mr. Suchan’s compositions has been performed across Canada, the United States and Europe by leading university ensembles, symphony orchestras, community groups, choirs, small ensembles and soloists. Highlights include performances at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and the performance of his opera The Beast in the Jungle in Montreal.  His piece for band The Colors and Contrasts of Grief has received over 100 performances throughout North America and has been professionally recorded three times.  Mr. Suchan has also been the winner of numerous composition awards including winning the 2014 Canadian Band Association Composition Competition for his band piece Swiftriver Passage.

Mr. Suchan is a strong advocate for fellow composers and in 2011 he co-founded the Strata Festival of New Music, an annual 3 day festival dedicated to high quality performances of Saskatchewan and Prairie composers.  

To download a free copy of this music (PDFs and example audio files) please visit any of the following web sites:

Dean McNeill
Professor of Brass & Jazz
Department of Music
University of Saskatchewan
28 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7N 0X1
Work: 306-966-6169
Cell: 306-260-8543
For more information visit

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