Junior & Intermediate Honour Bands - South
The SBA is pleased to be holding the Junior & Intermediate Honour Bands on March 2 & 3, 2018 at Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School in Regina. Teachers from around southern Saskatchewan should have already received communications regarding the event as well as forms for the event. All forms are also posted below for your ease of access.
Please note the application deadline has been extended slightly but is still approaching quickly. All forms with payment must be post-marked no later than January 17, 2018.
Forms for the South program are posted below and available for download if needed. For information on the North Junior & Intermediate Honour Bands, please contact the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association. SBA is pleased to deliver these programs in partnership with SMEA again this year.
Questions regarding the Junior & Intermediate Honour Bands can be directed to our Program Coordinator, Dave Sandison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 306-551-2263.
Community Bands - Contributing to Saskatchewan Communities
Yorkton Canada 150 Concert
On Sunday December 10, 2017 the Saskatchewan Band Association was honoured to attend the Canada 150 Concert at the Yorkton Regional High School. Admission for the concert was collected in support of the Anne Portnuff Theatre Revitalization project at the Yorkton Regional High School. The funds raised will be used to replace seats, stage curtons, lighting and audio.
Under the shared directorship of Larry Pearen and Kelsey Kuz, an appreciative audience enjoyed performances by the Yorkton Community Adult Band, The Yorkton Community Choir, Yorkton Regional High School Band and the YRHS Choir. The highlight of the evening was a re-performance of Band Finale 2001, featuring the mass bands along with the Diamond Willow Singers and First Nations Powwow Dancers, Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Cathay Wagantall,M.P. for Yorkton and Melville, and Greg Ottenbreit, MLA for Yorkton, were both in attendance for this fabulous evening of diverse entertainment and music celebration. Ms. Wagantall and Mr.Ottenbreit are pictured below with Larry Pearen, Yorkton Band Director, and Mrs. Leone Ottenbreit.
Queen City Brass Band - Spread the Warmth Concert
On December 8, 2017 the Queen City Brass Band hosted its Christmas Concert with a special community service twist. Following its successful 2016 "Stockings for Christmas" concert, the Band invited Regina residents to enjoy an evening of music with a donation of hats and mittens for the homeless as the admission "fee". The request was extremely well received - the bags in the image above were all filled with kind donations of hats and mitts!
In addition to the great musical performances of the QCBB, audience members were also treated to performances by the Sheldon-Williams Collegiate Senior Concert Band. The Sheldon-Williams band is comprised of grade 11 and 12 students led by musical director Samantha Taylor. The QCBB regularly invites school bands to participate in their concerts as a way to showcase the next generation of Saskatchewan's band musicians. The evening concluded with a spectacular massed band performance of A Christmas Festival. A perfect conclusion for the concert and a wonderful start to the holiday season.