Let's show COVID-19 who's boss! Everyone LOVES the Holiday Season of Band Concerts - but right now getting together to practice or perform is extra challenging. So join in this fun, province wide opportunity to be part of something BIG.
Who can participate?
Anyone who has been playing a band instrument for at least ONE year! It does not matter if your school band program has been cancelled or does not allow you to play your instrument. It does not matter if your Community Band is not practicing right now. For the love of Band - simply sign up & play!
Participation is open to anyone with at least ONE year in band & is FREE...FREE... FREE
What is a Provincial Virtual Concert?
This is a "first-ever" event, so thanks for asking. To provide an opportunity for everyone to participate, we have set up a number of "bands". We are welcoming individual band musicians - yes you! - to join the band(s) you think are right for you:
With the help of dedicated Band Directors, the SBA has selected music suitable for the various levels & for the season. Participants will be given access to the music and a click track as well as a simple instruction guide on how to make a good recording. The SBA will compile all of the recordings submitted by the November 23 deadline into an online Virtual Holiday Band Concert. All participants, as well as supporting Band Directors and Community Bands will be provided with the Concert link to share it with their families, friends, schools and regular band supporters.
What do I have to do?
First - take a look/listen to the music that has been selected for each of the various Bands. You are welcome to sign up for a maximum of 3 different Bands (to help us maximize participation). Once you have decided to participate and know which band(s) are right for you, sign up for FREE by following the steps below. NOTE: students do not have to sign up based on grade, select the music level that is right for your playing ability - the key is to have fun. If you are unsure, ask your Band Director for help.
After signing up, you will be provided with access to your music... begin practicing. Record your performance and submit it no later than November 23. Relax and wait for the concert link! It is that simple.
Remember: Participation is open to anyone with at least ONE year in band & is FREE...FREE... FREE ...
(click to hear sample)
Grade 7, 8 & 9 Mass Band
Robert W. Smith
Featuring music celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Ramadan, “A World Holiday Celebration” is a unique medley for the concert band.
Grade 10, 11 & 12 Mass Band
A powerful arrangement that combines Barrett's bold, aggressive writing with the sounds of the holidays.
Y’All Come Band - Intermediate
This brilliant opener is an inspiring and spirited fanfare to add flair to every holiday concert.
Y’All Come Band - Senior
Enjoy the magic of New York Pops arranger Stan Applebaum with this fabulous arrangement!
Y'all Come Brass Band
Irving Berlin Arr. Philip Sparke
Great "Christmas" arrangement with wonderful close harmonies to get everyone in the Festive mood