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SBA Summer Online Band

 Band enthusiasts told us there was a need for people in the community to still be able to connect with other musicians across the province, as well as develop their skills over the summer!  SBA is pleased to launch 3 online courses suitable for BOTH youth and adults. 

Each course will run over 4 weeks with one 60-75 minute online session per week. Delivered by professionals in their field, each course will provide the best possible virtual experience for all participants at an incredibly low price!

To register for these courses, you will need to register/log in to an account.  To find out how, please see further down the page or click here.

Performance Program

Remote Recording & Production Course


Composition Course 

Missed playing your instrument with others?

This program is for those who want to PLAY & develop more on their instrument while learning new pieces of music.  Participants will receive both Masterclass and Sectional style instruction.  Clinicians from the SBA video series as well as others will offer expert instruction. 

ADDED BONUS:  simple instruction in quality recording will be provided. Participants will record their playing for inclusion in a "virtual concert". 

The course will be help on WEDNESDAYs between 11:00am and 1:30pm (depending on your instrument) beginning Wednesday, July 15th.

Key Course Concepts:

  • Understand how small ensembles can help keep band interesting, improve skill development and provide community entertainment more easily during times of social isolation
  • Receive both Masterclass and Sectional support to develop their overall skillset and to enhance performance of new music prior to recording 
  • Gain experience in recording their own performance as part of an overall compilation. 

Did you like making or watching the I LOVE Band videos?  Do you wonder how a virtual concert is put together from various pieces?

Participants in this course will work with professional audio/video editors Eric Heidbreder and Mathew James to learn the basics of audio and video editing to produce quality band recordings, from small ensembles to full band pieces, and an introduction to the steps of production/final editing required to turn individual recordings into performances for remote viewing.

The course will be held on THURSDAYs from 4:00pm-5:00pm beginning Thursday, July 16th.

Key Course Concepts:

  • Participants will understand the basics of how to layer and edit audio using the software programs Adobe Audition and Reaper. 
  • Understand the nuances that make quality recordings, including the best way to record and how to successfully edit audio recordings. 
  • Understand what to listen for in rough mixes and basic editing techniques to help improve rough mixes. 

Developing Composers Unite! 

Saskatoon Band Camp participants will no doubt recognize professional Saskatchewan Composer Paul Suchan.  

For this online course, Paul will work with participants to investigate how to use melody, harmony, form, accompaniment, texture, and orchestration to create a composition for small wind ensemble.

The course will be held on TUESDAYs from 4:00pm-5:00pm beginning Tuesday, July 14th.

Key Course Concepts:

  • Participants will apply knowledge of chord tones and non-chord tones to create melodies over basic chord progressions.
  • Understand how form is used to create structure and contrast in a composition.
  • Gain experience using bass lines and background lines to establish style while also applying knowledge of range, timbre, and percussive colours to create variety and interest in music.
Registration is now closed for this program.
Registration is now closed for this program.

Registration is now closed for this program.

Minimum Technology requirements: In order to participate in the performance program and recording course to the full extent, here is the list of minimum technology requirements you will need. Performance course participants only need to meet the requirements for the first section, but the recording/production participants need the requirements for all three sections. Participant Minimum Tech Requirements.pdf

Note to All Participants - Added Bonus! In addition to all of the courses, there will be a Online Game session on 2 different days throughout the weeks!

How to register

If you are registering for the first time - welcome!  The registration process begins with having (and logging into) an SBA Membership Account. 

If you are already an SBA Member, log in before starting the registration process.

If you are not a member simply sign up for a free Band Camp Family Account.  A Band Camp Family Account can be used by anyone who is not a member & would like to register: youth and adults alike! Once you set up your Account, you will receive a confirmation email with your user name and a temporary password.  From there you can log in and change your password if you wish. 

There are 3 key steps to register for Summer Online Band:

  1. Create  your free Band Camp Family Account or purchase an SBA Membership (Already have an account from last year or an SBA membership? Go to Step 2.) 
  2. Log in - when you create you account you will receive an email with log in instructions
  3. Select the Course you wish to attend and follow the prompts to complete the registration process.

Please Note:   Your SBA Membership/Band Camp Family Account will link all registrations directly to your account, streamlining the registration process and giving you direct access to update your contact information, view past payments and more.

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Prairie Music Residency

  • Four days of Masterclasses, Performances, Live Discussion and more for Brass, Woodwind and Percussion.
  • Not sure you can join each day? Not a problem! All content available on demand for registrants until August 30th.
  • Open to musicians of all ages and abilities.

For more information: 

Prairie Music Residency Details

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