2017 Sask Music Conference Huge Success
From early response the sessions provided great return for all in attendance.
Before the conference was even officially underway, SBA and SMEA coordinated a pre-conference Breathing Gym event with Pat Sheridan. Thanks to Vanessa Strykiwsky and the staff at Martin Collegiate for being such great hosts. Also a special thank you to Mark Preece of Long and McQuade Music, Jupiter Canada and KHS America for sponsoring Pat's contributions to our event. For more information and to view photos from the Breathing Gym sessions click: Workshops
SMC formally began with Dr. Bruce Pearson leading Wind Band participants through a great selection of new music. Thank you to Brent Ghiglione and the University of Regina for the generous use of their percussion equipment. Also thank you to KJOS Publishing and Long and McQuade for the music.
Bruce then presented the Keynote address "Why Music is Basic". His insightful perspective left everyone in attendance feeling inspired. Following the Keynote was a completely revamped Awards Ceremony. SBA was pleased to present awards to:
Special recognition and a small token of SBA's appreciation was given to Chris Jacklin for 26 years of leadership as the Regina Band Camp Coordinator. The SBA awards were wrapped up with a very exciting announcement - a very generous donation by the Fraser Pipe Band of $65,000! All together this made for a very exciting evening that was capped off perfectly by a reception hosted by St. Johns Music! What a night!!!
Day two was filled with more sessions from Pat Sheridan and Bruce Pearson, a full trade show and our SBA Annual General Meeting. Thanks to all those who attended. Also thank you goes to the outgoing board members and outgoing Board Chairman Pete Meechan. Your hard work and dedication to bands in the province of Saskatchewan is appreciated.
Board Of Directors
Welcome to the new (and returning) SBA Board members! Joining Sarah Suchan and Mitchell Bonokoski, who both have another year remaining in their Board term, are returning Board Members Jan Michael Bourgeois & Kayleigh Skomorowski as well as two new Board members - Anthony Giglio and John Styles.
SBA members will recall that both Kayleigh and Jan Michael have served for the past 2 years on the SBA Board of Directors. We are pleased to have them each step forward for another two year term as part of the Board. If you would like learn a more about Anthony or John please read their bios: Anthony Giglio Bio.pdf John Styles Bio.pdf
The SBA Board thanks our Nominations Committee chairperson Christa McBride and fellow committee members Chris Jacklin and Tiess Mckenzie for their work.