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




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

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
Scott Manor House, 15 Fort Sackville Road, Bedford, NS

  • 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

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:

Sarah Beth Shiplett
Administrator Centre for Musical Arts
T 506 453-4697
University of New Brunswick


2018 Annapolis Community BandFest July 20th – 22nd, 2018

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Annapolis Basin Community Band Festival
Hosted by: Annapolis Basin Community Band, Annapolis Royal NS
When: July 20-22, 2018
Where: Annapolis Royal Fire Hall (5 St. Anthony St, Annapolis Royal, NS)

2018 Poster:

2018 Guest Conductors:
Mark Cuming
Richard Bennett

2018 Band Levels
Band Fest 2018 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!

2018 Venue
Annapolis Royal Fire Hall
5 Anthony Street, Annapolis Royal

2018 Final Concert
Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 2:00pm
Fort Anne National Historic Site

2018 Cost:
The registration fee is $100 per participant ($90 if paid before July 1st), $70 for each additional family musician. Full time students pay a reduced fee of $50. This price includes instruction time, coffee breaks and a Saturday evening dinner and dance.

2018 Accommodation:
For a list of accommodation options and prices, please visit