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Alberta Band Association |  Musicom Newsletter  

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Issue 2
Fall 2013

Alberta Band Association


Zone Representatives are responsible for gathering information from people in their area and forwarding it on to Musicom.

If you are interested in being a Zone Rep please contact the ABA.

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.


In this issue:

Musicom in Detail

The Alberta Band Association’s official newsletter is continuing its online format. We are looking forward to continue the programming that helps Alberta Music Teachers in their profession.

If you would like to submit a short story, share your music trip pictures, or suggest that we highlight a musical event that takes place in your area, please feel free to drop a line to the ABA office [T: 1-877-687-4239].

The best way to stay connected with the ABA is to continue visiting our website or through our growing Facebook page. We are always looking for new ways to support our membership, so feel free to contact the ABA with ideas and feedback.

Currently we are compiling a list of community bands across Alberta with their Directors’ contact information to share with our membership to promote our music community at all age levels. Know of a local community band that would like to share a website or contact details? Contact the ABA Board of Directors.


President’s Message   Fall 2013

Ken Rogers | President, ABA
Ken Rogers
President, ABA


Welcome back everyone to another year of concerts, festivals, tours, retreats, and searching for new repertoire! I hope you’ve had a chance to settle in with your newly formed bands this month and are looking forward to a great year of music making, whether you lead community, school, or post-secondary bands. I hope each of you had a restful and rewarding summer and wish you the best as you head into a new season of band activities.

We look forward to seeing you November 1 & 2, 2013 at Music Conference Alberta in Red Deer. The Alberta Band Association is committed to working with other provincial music organizations to bring you the best music conference experience possible each fall. We are excited to offer keynote speaker Rhonda Draper as well as sessions by Dr. Shelley Jagow, Dr. Tom Dust, Dr. Jerry Luckhardt (Alberta Honour Band conductor), and many others.

MCA is the perfect opportunity to meet and share with colleagues at all levels from across the province, and to shop and discover new products at the trade fair. Please visit our website for more information.

Our website is also your source throughout the year for information on our programs available to all members including Junior Honour Band North in Edmonton (February), Junior Honour Band South in Calgary (February), Festival of Bands in Red Deer (May) and our music lending library.

The ABA and Canadian Band Association are excited to co-host National Youth Band 2014 in May in Alberta. More information regarding auditions and concerts for this ensemble aged 16 – 21 will be coming this fall.

As many of you know, developments are expected on Alberta Education’s second draft of a new Arts Curriculum Draft Framework. The ABA, along with other agents and organizations supporting music education, is active in following and influencing proposed changes to arts education in Alberta. We intend to keep you informed and involved in changes to band curriculum.

The Alberta Band Association looks forward to serving and supporting you and your students in providing positive and rewarding experiences in the coming year.

Music Conference Alberta | Nov 1 & 2, 2013

November 1 & 2, 2013

Sheraton Red Deer Hotel
Red Deer, Alberta

Take advantage of the Full Conference Early Bird registration fee:

  • On or before Oct. 4, 2013: $295
  • After Oct. 4, 2013: $345

Other Registration Fees:

  • Friday only | includes Gala Concert | $185
  • Saturday only | includes Banquet | $185
  • Student | $60

Brochure & Registration Form PDF | Register online
Schedule at a Glance PDF

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Calgary “Head Start” news

The ABA Head Start program is now celebrating its fourth year. The program began in Calgary four years ago to help band directors in smaller schools or programs to access clinicians to help start their beginners.

Last year the program added an additional night, which allowed schools from outside Calgary to bus their children in for the evening clinics. This year a new location was added in south Calgary to facilitate those schools located in the south.

We hope to see over 400 students from over 25 Alberta schools access our clinics this year.

Thank you to:

  • All the band directors who supported this program
  • The clinicians who shared their wisdom
  • Long & McQuade for donating pencils and music folders

A special thank you to:

  • Scott Campbell & MidSun Jr. High
  • Michelle Marina Armstrong & Sir John A. MacDonald Jr. High
  • Tara English & St Helena Jr. High
  • Brian Thorlasius for putting in the time to making these workshops a success

Forever Young Music Teachers Facebook page  

Forever Young Music Teachers

Teaching band in a school where you are the only one who speaks ‘music’ is a challenge for many band teachers who are starting out. Even after you get settled and feel like you’ve got a handle on things, there’s always another twist that finds you.

Using her contacts online, Lindsey Coulter (band teacher at Queen Elizabeth High School and Major General Griesbach Jr. High) recently started a Facebook page Forever Young Music Teachers. The ideal purpose of this page is to ‘talk shop.’ Since it began in September of this year, there have been several questions asked, replies given, and fresh online dialogue has begun. Maybe it will spawn into meeting up in person, or simply sharing ideas at our computers.

We teach our students that being a part of a band is about being a team and working together, and we band teachers should be working as a team in order to learn from each other and succeed.–Lindsey Coulter

There are many ways for music teachers to get in contact with each other; whether in your own division, the ABA Facebook page, or those that graduated with you. It would be great for more educators to join the conversation at Forever Young Music Teachers to collaborate and share ideas about what is going on in the band room, tips and tricks, repertoire for different grade levels, clinicians, concert ideas, collaboration projects, etc.

The sky is the limit. Hopefully this gets more band teachers talking. That’s what it’s all about, right?

Visit the Forever Young Music Teachers Facebook page »

Alberta Band Association Facebook page  

Connect with the ABA through Facebook

In Memoriam

It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the recent passing of dear friend and colleague Tom Saumer. Tom taught band at Onoway Junior/Senior High School for many years, producing a consistently highly lauded music program, and inspiring his students and his colleagues alike. He will be truly missed.

Following is his obituary as it appeared in the Edmonton Journal:

SAUMER, Thomas Eric
It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Thomas Eric Saumer who we lost due to suicide on September 23, 2013 at the age of 50 years.

Tom is survived by his loving wife Carolyne, his mother Joyce and brothers, Douglas, Howard and Robin along with their spouses and families.

Donations gratefully accepted to the:
Joe Saumer Memorial Scholarship Fund
c/o Onoway High School
Box 340
Onoway, AB  T0E 1V0

Published in the Edmonton Journal on September 26, 2013

The memorial service was held on Saturday, September 28 at Onoway High School.


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