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Learn to play a band instrument! Join our beginner band program!

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HAVE YOU PLAYED A CONCERT BAND
INSTRUMENT BEFORE?

IF NOT, DO YOU WANT TO LEARN?

HERE IS YOUR SECOND CHANCE!
The Second Chances Community Band is always looking for new players from our community to join our ensembles. We accept both amateur players with various levels of ability as well as absolute beginners.
For more information, contact

Chris D. Ward, B.Mus, B.MusEd
Second Chances Community Band Program of NS
Executive Director, Conductor and Instructor

Website:
http://www.secondchancesband-ns.com
Facebook:
www.facebook.com/secondchancesbandns
Twitter:
@SecondChancesNS
E-mail:
eloboesolo@gmail.com
Mobile Phone:
(902) 293-6848

2016 Outdoor Rehearsals

Second Chances Community Band Program of Nova Scotia
2016 Summer Season, Informal Outdoor Rehearsals

Second Chances Concert Band
July 20th, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
RAIN DATE: August 10th, 2016
Scott Manor House, 15 Fort Sackville Road, Bedford, NS

Second Chances Jazz Band
August 25th, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
NO RAIN DATE SCHEDULED
Scott Manor House, 15 Fort Sackville Road, Bedford, NS

  • ALL ARE WELCOME
  • donations for the program will gladly be accepted
  • an opportunity for the players in the Second Chances Concert Band and Jazz Band to highlight some of the music they have been working on during the 2016 Summer season
  • the Second Chances Jazz Band is conducted by Stephanie McKeown
  • the Second Chances Concert Band is conducted by Chris Ward
  • come on out, bring a lawnchair, a hat and some sunglasses, meet some new friends, enjoy a fun evening of making music

2016 UNB TubaFest

 2016-05 UNB Tuba Fest
TubaFest 2016 is the 12th edition of the annual Fredericton International TubaFest, founded by Richard Riding. Richard passed away on August 1, 2011. He was a dedicated tuba and euphonium enthusiast who loved playing and promoting the sound and versatility of these low brass instruments. Through the support of the UNB Centre for Musical Arts, volunteers, and sponsors, TubaFest continues as an annual event. TubaFest provides a unique opportunity to obtain coaching from recognized musicians and to play with other low brass musicians. This year will again feature music written specifically for tubas and euphonia as well as some arrangements of old classics. Enjoy another great workshop in 2016.
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Registration will be open shortly and can be done online or by calling the UNB Centre for Musical Arts at 506-453-4697.
May 6-8 2016

Memorial Hall, University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, NB, Canada

Clinicians:
Jobey Wilson (University of Southern Maine School of Music)
Dr. Greg Irvine (UPEI Music Department)

Experience an intensive weekend workshop for Tuba and Euphonium including small ensembles and massed band coaching.

Registration before April 7th: $115 adults / $65 students
Registration after April 7th: $140 adults / $75 students

The Fredericton International Tubafest, founded by the late Richard Riding, is held every May at the University of New Brunswick’s Centre for Musical Arts. Tubafest provides a unique opportunity for musicians of all levels to obtain coaching from recognized clinicians and to play with other low brass enthusiasts in a variety of large and small size ensembles with music arranged and composed specifically for Tuba and Euphonium.

Details and Registration online: go.unb.ca/celtubafest2016

Sarah Beth Shiplett
Administrator Centre for Musical Arts
T 506 453-4697
University of New Brunswick
UNB.ca/cel/music

 

2017 Annapolis Community BandFest July 21st – 23rd, 2017

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Annapolis Basin Community Band Festival
Hosted by: Annapolis Basin Community Band, Annapolis Royal NS
When: July 21-23, 2017
Where: Annapolis Royal Fire Hall (5 St. Anthony St, Annapolis Royal, NS)

2017 Brochure:
– coming soon –

2017 Guest Conductors:
– coming soon –

2017 Band Levels
Band Fest 2016 will feature two bands! The Champlain Band for intermediate-advanced players and the MacKay Band for beginning-intermediate players.

Pre registration is very helpful to us for assembling the music folders ahead of time. Register by July 1, 2017 to receive early bird discount! Looking forward to seeing everyone!

2017 Venue
Annapolis Royal Fire Hall
5 Anthony Street, Annapolis Royal

2017 Final Concert
Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 2:00pm
Fort Anne National Historic Site

2017 Cost:
The registration fee is $75 per participant, $55 for each additional family musician. Full time students pay a reduced fee of $40. This price includes coffee breaks and a Saturday evening dinner and dance.

2017 Accommodation:
For a list of accommodation options and prices, please visit www.annapolisroyal.com

Website
https://annapolisbasincommunityband.wordpress.com/bandfest/

2018 Halifax Community Band Festival May 25 to 27, 2018


WHAT IS A COMMUNITY BAND FESTIVAL?

The Second Chances Community Band of Nova Scotia is only one of the many community-based musical ensembles in the Atlantic provinces. Together, these many ensembles create a musical network and supportive family that helps promote musical learning and ensemble playing for everyone at any stage of life. The community band festivals, hosted in different communities throughout Nova Scotia each year, are an opportunity for the many members of this Atlantic Canadian musical family to come together, learn from each others experience, celebrate each others successes, build lasting friendships, and make memorable music together.

We are hosting the 5th Annual Halifax Community Band Festival during the weekend of May 25th through 27th, 2018 and we hope you will consider joining us! The Band Fest committee has begun the process of organizing and raising the necessary funds to make this valuable community band weekend a success!  There is much work to do in preparation for what could potentially become the largest community band festival in Atlantic Canada!

2016 PROMOTIONAL VIDEO

THE HALIFAX COMMUNITY BAND FESTIVAL – AN OVERVIEW

2017 PROMOTIONAL VIDEO

THE MACKAY “MUSIC FOR LIFE” LEARNING BAND

2018 PROMOTIONAL VIDEO

THE HARGREAVES ADVANCED BAND

– coming soon –

 


Again this year, the Halifax Community Band Festival will offer two levels of playing ensemble:
1.   A Beginner Ensemble, called the Ron MacKay band – for players with 1-2 years of experience. Who is Ron MacKay, you ask? Find out here: Ron MacKay Bio
2.   An Advanced Ensemble, called the James H. Hargreaves band – for players with more than 2 years of experience. Who is James Hargreaves, you ask? Find out here: James H. Hargreaves Bio (coming soon)

Our hope is that both ensembles will be made up of players from many different community bands and orchestras from all over Atlantic Canada.  Please consider wearing your ensemble’s performance attire in the final concert to reflect the number of groups represented at the festival.

Please take some time to explore the Halifax Community Band Festival related web pages located under the Hfx Band Fest 2018 drop down menu above.

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Are you even the slightest bit interested in:
1.  Meeting many other community band players from all over the Atlantic Canada?
2.  Playing under the baton of talented, respected and professional conductors/educators?
3.  Experiencing the excitement of playing in ensembles with full instrumentation?
4.  Having a fantastic weekend of musical fellowship and music making with friends?

If so, then I encourage you to REGISTER FOR BAND FEST NOW! Decisions regarding what Second Chances can afford to include as activities during the weekend event are dependent upon the number of participants. Registering now is not a firm commitment to attend, but simply an indication of interest in being there.

Register Here:
Band Fest Registration

Band Fest 2018 Brochure:
Brochure 2018 – coming soon

Past Halifax Band Fest Brochures:
Brochure – 2014.pdf
Brochure – 2015.pdf
Brochure – 2016.pdf
Brochure – 2017.pdf

Halifax Band Fest in the News:
The Chronicle Herald
Cyndi Sweeney’s 2014 article “Don’t Stop the Music: Strike a Chord for Community”

The Halifax Community Band Festivals are proudly hosted by: cropped-facebook-background-text-jpg-1500x630.jpg