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Reflecting Reconciliation & Diversity in Band

In conjunction with the first annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - Sept. 30 - the SBA launched a new section of our website as well as some exciting new recourses and opportunities to supporrt our collective path toward Reconciliation and greater inclusiong and diversity in Band.

As part of this initiative we are pleased to launch a NEW Band composition: Where the Prairies Meet the Pines, created by Saskatchewan Composer Tyrone McKenzie reflecting the diversity, history and Indigenous people of the wonderful Treaty 6 Territory and Prince Albert area.  The SBA is proud to hve provided financial & other support for this valuable composition.  Information, support resources, recording audio & more is available below.

We are also offering a FREE 3-part online series of presentations.  For more information and to register, please read further.

Special Tune Up Series on Reconcilliation & Diversity

October 19, 2021

3:45 - 4:45pm

Composer Ty McKenzie and key composition collaborator Artist Kevin Peeace.

Ty and Kevin will deliver a presentation on the process, the lessons learned and the rewards of crafting an original, culturally sensitive Band piece. 

As an artist Kevin, a member of the Yellowquill First Nation and Peter Chapman First Nation, uses a collaborative approach to creating class murals in Saskatchewan schools.

Together, Ty and Kevin will address the original commission, initial research, ongoing consultation with artists and knowledge keepers  and the importance of the land and culture in creating the Where the Pairie Meets the Pines.

October 22, 2021

Authentic Engagement - A Panel Discussion hosted by PSSD

This SBA Funded Session will offer an interactive panel discussion exploring First Nations culture & perspectives within western European traditional instrumental classroom music (Band).

The interactive session will provide attendees with a wider knowledge base and strategies to approach teaching Indigenous culture within the band setting, in particular linking to the new SK Curriculum. 

Pannelists include:

 Cristin Dorgan Lee - Principal of St. Michael Community School and the M├ętis School of Excellence.

Jessica McMann – A Cree (Cowessess, SK) musician, composer, contemporary dancer and choreographer.

November 2, 2021

3:45 - 4:45pm

University of Regina Director of Bands Brent Ghiglione

Join Brent as he shares some key learnings from his research locating Indegenous and Reconciliation focused band music. 

As a key contributor to the new Band 10, 20, 30 Curriculum, Brent will also share insights on techniques for incorporating Indigenous learning into school programs.

New Composition:  Where the Prairie Meets the Pines

About the Music

Title:  Where the Prairies Meet the Pines

For: Grade 7-9 Bands

Length:  3 minutes  (recording link below)

The composition attempts to honour the gathering of not only two major rivers, but also those who have met there for centuries. 

Where the Prairies Meet the Pines is more than just a Junior High band composition. It is a labour of love inspired by the knowledge keepers, geography, peoples, culture and history of this region teeming with rivers, wildlife, forests and rolling hills.


Where the Prairies Meet the Pines.mp3

Resources & Supports

Special thanks to Ty for providing the added teacher and student resources located below.

Also a special thank you to Brent Ghiglione and the University of Regina Wind Ensemble for preparing a recording of the composition.

Where the Prairies Meet the Pines.mp3

Access the Score & Parts HERE

Inspiration and Background - Where the Prairies Meet the Pines.pdf

Study Guide - Where the Prairies Meet the Pines.pdf

Composer's Statement - Where the Prairies Meet the Pines.pdf

Tyrone McKenzie

About the Composer

Ty received a Bachelor of Sacred Music degree from Canadian Bible College (now Ambrose University) in vocal performance. He also completed the Composition and Keyboard Performance programs at Grant MacEwan Community College (now MacEwan University), where he studied composition and arranging as well as jazz keyboard.

Ty and his wife Karen live in Saskatoon where Karen McKenzie is a director of bands for the SPSD.  

Ty loves to tell stories through music. Canadian stories. Prairie stories. Stories that highlight history and culture. Ty has a desire to make these stories accessible and fun while engaging students in the learning experience.

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