By the numbers: The 37th Annual Optimist Band Festival
4 Fun Filled Days
9 Top Adjudicators
68 Provincial Band Directors
125 Provincial Bands
5932 Musicians took the stage
37 Volunteers spent 2024 hours climbing 120,000 stairs
It all adds up to a great success
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Another Great Success: Junior & Intermediate Honour Bands - South
The SBA was pleased to offer the Junior & Intermediate Honour Bands on March 2 & 3, 2018 at Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School in Regina. Teachers from around southern Saskatchewan were extremely supportive in recommending students for this annual event.
Under the leadership of Mr. Nick Fanner (Intermediate Group) and Mr. Aaron Sikora (Junior Group) the day and a half event was very well received. The new music that both directors selected was challenging and rewarding.
Thank you to Chad Huel and the wonderful staff at the Leboldus for opening up their school.
The final concert on Saturday night, to a packed audience, was proof that kids from all across Southern Saskatchewan love to come together for a chance to play with an excellent band.
We look forward to next year already as the Saskatchewan Band Association is proud to support such a beneficial event.
Some of the student's comments:
How did you feel about being recommended?
Excited, nervous, happy, special, got to play with great people, privileged, music is my talent, I felt like the director liked me, pretty darn cool, didn’t know this existed, felt like I was the best, great.
What was the best part of participating?
Meeting new people, Mr. Fanner, A large band, everything, practice, playing with dedicated student, the music selected, a big band, a band of good players, the food, A band that sounds good, new music, cool and challenging music, making friends, I learned a lot of new skills, A group of dedicated players, the intensity of the music, listening to other great players, it was advanced and I improved, learning more about my instrument, people who share my passion for band, meeting my friends from last year, very professional, we were all at the same level of playing .
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.