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Saskatoon Band Camp - 2023 Highlights

Special Thanks & Recognition

SBA Band Camps are successful because of the care, support and dedication of many individuals, community groups and organizations. 

Sask Lotteries, SaskCulture, NAC and many others have helped to make the summer a success for Saskatchewan youth who love band. 

Thank you to the wonderful facilities that host our yearly camps.  The University of Regina, The University of Saskatchewan, and the Yorkdale Central School in Yorkton. All first rate facilities that allow the camps to run smoothly.

Here is a list of sponsors for summer band camps, we greatly appreciate all of the support!

The Saskatoon Band Camp was our last Band Camp in 2023! We had 135 incredible participants from across the province join for a great week of unique learning and playing with our sensational line up of instructors! Throughout the week, the participants got a chance to play in full band, small ensemble, sectionals, Jazz Band or Music Options, and private lessons!

On Thursday we had the Band Camp Olympics with plenty of fun and games for everyone to participate in with a goal of winning the ultimate prize...first in line for pizza! With everyone split into teams it was a great time playing games including the Shoe Game, Frog jump, and human wheelbarrow... Everyone had a BLAST!

Our faculty got to put on a concert for the participants with pieces varying from famous Disney tunes to stories told through the style of playing, to complete improvising, to playing a piece that sounds like a chicken!

It was a joy for everyone listening and playing.

During the week participants got lots of time to meet new friends and even had a pizza night and dance!

First up in the Final Concert we have the Orange Band directed by Shelbi Myrfield. They played an incredible variety of music featuring pieces like Frogs by Randall Standridge, a fun fanfare piece with a playful feel, to Crazy Train arranged by Johnnie Vinson!

Second came the Purple Band, conducted by Danielle Strong. They got to play some very unique pieces including Blue Ridge Reel by Brian Balmages, an homage to the Blue Ridge mountains , and Aladdin, an excellent medley including songs from the film soundtrack!

This band also premiered and recorded the intermediate level of Follow the First Wind  a composition written by Paul Suchan with input from youth musicians across the province in honour of the SBA's 40th Anniversary.

Some of Our Bob Mossing Leadership Award Recipients

In Their Own Words... Quotes from Participants

  • The best musical thing I learned was how to improvise for Jazz Band
  • My favourite part was getting to try new challenging pieces that are fun to play
  • The best thing I learned was how to sight read better
  • The best musical thing I learned was some new and different techniques on the snare drum

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