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Alberta Band Association |  Musicom Newsletter  

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September 2011

Alberta Band Association


2012 Syllabus
now available

2012 Syllabus

The Alberta Band Association would like to know what is going on in the band communities of our province. Through “Zone Reports” members will be able to let us know what events and accomplishments are happening in their areas.

To further promote our partnership with the Alberta Choral Federation, we are now aligning our zone areas with the ACF zones. We are looking for members to be the “Zone Representatives” for their area. A zone representative would be the contact person for each area who would then forward the information on to the ABA for publication.
View zones PDF.

If you are interested in being a zone rep please contact the ABA.

Member Profiles
Who are the faces of the Alberta Band Association? Do you know (or are you) a band director in our province who would like to have their work featured on the ABA website? Share your story with other band directors in the province. It doesn't matter if your program is large or small, urban or rural, traditional or something new. Email your story to Nicola Quigley.

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Are you a member of the ABA Facebook group? It's an easy way to stay connected with other band directors in the province. Share ideas and network with your fellow band colleagues. Join us here »

Alberta Arts Curriculum
Changes to the Alberta Fine Arts Curriculum have been slowed in recent months. Keep up to date or voice you opinions and concerns here ».

If there is an ABA member that you know of that deserves recognition, email us and we will feature that person in an upcoming Musicom.

If you have events happening in your area let us know and we will make mention of the music activities that you have happening.

Alberta Honour Band
The 2010 Alberta Honor Band was a great success for all involved. The band was under the baton of Dr. Robert Taylor from the University of British Columbia and featured a very talented group of students from throughout the province.

Please share the photos that can be found on the ABA Facebook page with your students and encourage all of your students to take part in future Honor Bands.


In this issue ...

President's Message

Ken Rogers | President, ABA
Ken Rogers
President, ABA
  Doesn’t that clock seem to tick faster toward the end of August? It would be nice if summer would last forever, but it is exciting to prepare for another year making music with our ensembles.

I know that after dealing with the logistics of fall start-up, I look forward mostly to that first rehearsal with each band. I hope your summer was restful and rewarding and I wish you the best as we all head into a new season of band activities.  

This is the time of year to mark your calendars (iPads/Blackberries, etc.) with important ABA event dates. The Alberta Band Association is committed to working with other provincial music organizations to bring you the best music conference experience possible each fall. Please join us November 3 – 5, 2011 in Red Deer for Music Conference Alberta. Our conference has been growing steadily in numbers and energy over the last few years and this fall we are pleased to have such esteemed presenters as Paula Crider, Thomas McCauley and Senator Tommy Banks.   

Teachers of beginner band in the Calgary area will want to check out one of our newest initiatives, the ABA Headstart Band Clinic. We had a very successful inaugural clinic last September and are pleased to present this program once again. Download registration form PDF.

With the tight budgets I’m sure many of us are facing this fall, you may want to peruse the ABA Bruce Marsh Memorial Lending Library. We have a huge selection of quality titles to choose from at every level. Every provincial syllabus title from the last 20 years is there as well as titles from many years of honour bands and workshop bands — repertoire favourites chosen by some of the finest conductors from across North America.

Finally, watch your in-box for coming information on application deadlines for our very popular spring 2012 semester programs:

  • Southern Alberta Junior Honour Band
    February 15 – 17, 2012 | Calgary
  • Northern Alberta Junior Honour Band
    February 29 – March 2, 2012 | Edmonton
  • Alberta Band Association Festival of Bands
    May 14 – 25, 2012 | Red Deer

We look forward to serving and supporting you and your students in providing positive and rewarding experiences in the coming year.   

Yours in music,
Ken Rogers


The Alberta Band Association annually presents three awards, two of which are awarded to recipients who are nominated by our membership. The awards are presented at Music Conference Alberta each year.

The Keith Mann Award is presented annually to an outstanding new band director with fewer than 6 years teaching experience in the province of Alberta. Created to honour the memory of Keith Mann, the recipient will demonstrate Keith's enthusiasm and dedication to band music.

Created in memory of Vondis Miller, the Vondis Miller Legacy Award is a long-service award recognizing an individual who has devoted many years to sharing the joys of music making with young people.

Both nominations should be accompanied by letters of support and/or documentation.

Music Conference Alberta  

November 3 – 5, 2011

Red Deer, AB

Music Conference Alberta is Alberta's premier conference for music educators. The conference is held in Red Deer from November 3 – 5, 2011. The conference includes sessions designed for elementary music teachers, choral conductors, band directors, and studio instructors. Since its inception in 2007, Music Conference Alberta has been a proud collaboration between the Alberta Band Association, Alberta Choral Federation, Alberta Music Education Foundation, Alberta Kodály Association and Alberta Guild of English Handbell Ringers.

Music Conference Alberta provides an opportunity for musicians and music educators from across the province to attend workshop sessions, concerts, master classes, and social events. The conference is host to a large trade fair which includes more than 40 exhibitors annually.

Some of this year’s sessions include a special Elementary Stream for Elementary Music Educators and Children’s Choir conductors, world music sessions with acclaimed conductor Brian Tate, choral reading sessions & concerts, and a Gala Concert featuring the Alberta Youth Choir & Alberta Honour Band. Annual general meetings and awards presentations will also he held for the Alberta Band Association and the Alberta Choral Federation.

Registration: Early Bird registration is available before October 7, 2011. Register here ».


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