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Alberta Band Association |  Musicom Newsletter  
Volume 3
Issue 4

Spring 2014

Alberta Band Association


Do you know a distinguished band director who needs to be recognized for their efforts and achievements? The ABA presents 3 awards annually to band directors that have made a difference.

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.

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

The Elkhorn Award recipient is chosen by former Elkhorn winners.

Nominations are accepted annually and should be accompanied by supporting documentation.

All three Awards are presented at the MCA Awards Banquet.
ABA members may download the Award Nomination Form.

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

2014 CNYB Concert | Friday, May 9, 2014

The National Youth Band of Canada is the flagship project of the Canadian Band Association. This Concert is a very special event as the band only comes through Alberta once every eight to nine years. This concert will showcase Canada’s finest wind band musicians from high schools and universities across the country.

With the St. Albert Community Band & guest chamber ensembles from the Royal Canadian Artillery Band
Friday, May 9, 2014 | 7:30 PM | $10 Available at door
Convocation Hall | University of Alberta

Alberta Honour Band

Audition deadline has been extended to Wed., June 18, 2014.

Auditions are still open for the 2014 Alberta Honour Band. The group will perform at Music Conference Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta October 24 and 25, 2014.

Jonathan Dagenais

We are excited to have Jonathan Dagenais direct the band this year, last year’s National Youth Band director.

ABA members may view audition materials online.

Festival of Bands 2014

With your Festival of Bands date fast approaching, please take the time to review your 2014 Director’s Package, double-check your schedule times, and take advantage of the band photos deal offered by Images Unlimited. View all FoB details »

We look forward to seeing and hearing your ensembles perform!

Northern Alberta Junior Honour Band 2014

Under the direction of Paul Stelter, the ABA Northern Junior Honour Band worked hard and played an exciting program at their concert on February 28, 2014 in Edmonton.

What a great ensemble, sharing their love for music!

 2014 Northern Alberta Junior Honour Band
2014 Northern Alberta Junior Honour Band

Calling all Community Bands!

The ABA is currently working to compile a list of active community bands in Alberta. We are very interested in learning how the ABA can partner and support your efforts in these programs.

If you have, or know of a Community Band in your area, please send a quick e-mail with contact information to board member Bob Bailey at bbailey@brsd.ab.ca. We look forward to establishing a closer working relationship with the vibrant Community Band movement in our province!

Community Band Directors Wanted

Collecting Pictures Across Alberta

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.

This year our Board of Directors are seeking the support of the bands across Alberta who are taking pictures of your Bands throughout the season. We are asking for FOIP’ed photos of your bands on trips, in concerts, or just enjoying rehearsals. These photos will be collected for an upcoming project that will support all Alberta Bands in the future; however, we will need your pictures.

Please post your FOIP’d photos on Facebook, email them, or Tweet them to @AlbertaBandFeed.

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 contact us.

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