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Alberta Band Association |  Musicom Newsletter  
Volume 4
Issue 8

Summer 2015

Alberta Band Association


Did You Know?...

ABA Membership allows you to:
• Register for Festival of Bands
• Recommend your junior high students for the Junior High Honour Bands across the province
• Allow your high school student to audition for Alberta Honour Band
• Nominate your colleagues for ABA awards
• Access the ABA Lending Library

Continuing our "Collecting Pictures Across Alberta"

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

This year our Board of Directors is seeking the support of the bands across Alberta who are taking pictures of your Bands throughout the season. We are asking for FOIP’d 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 drop us a line.

Calling for
Awards Nominations

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:

Mr. Frank Dunnigan named Honourary Lifetime Member

Frank Dunnigan was honoured at the Edmonton Catholic Schools Senior All-City Band’s final concert on June 9, 2015 at Festival Place in Sherwood Park. Honours bestowed to Frank include:

  • Being named an Honourary Lifetime Member of the Alberta Band Association
  • Being declared Conductor Emeritus
  • The establishment of a bursary to MusiCamp Alberta in his name
  • The performance of a piece named Legacy, conducted and written by a former member of the ACB
  • The presentation of a letter from the Canadian Band Association
  • A gift of a handmade rose with individual petals signed by members of the band
  • A remembrance book

A commendation by the City of Edmonton will be presented by Mayor Iveson at a future city council ceremony.

Congratulations to Frank Dunnigan and the members of the Edmonton Catholic Schools Senior All-City Band.

Thank you to the many alumni, teachers, family and friends who attended.

View Mr. Dunnigan’s biography »

Reading Sessions and Workshops across the province

There are store-sponsored Reading Sessions offered across the province. Get out, listen to new and old materials, and connect with your peers!

For dates and times, connect with our Facebook page for details! They will be posted throughout the summer.

Also, if you hear of one that hasn’t been mentioned, feel free to post the event!

What are you playing?

The ABA and the CBA are curious to know what Alberta Band Directors are playing at concerts, Festivals and on the road! It’s simple; all you have to do is take a photo of your concert program and post it on our Facebook page or tweet it to @AlbertaBandFeed.

It would be great to see what your colleagues are playing and perhaps generate some ideas for your own band!

Include a picture of your Band too if you like! Call it the ‘Alberta Repertoire Research.’

Namao School Band
Namao School Band
View their Spring 2015 concert program PDF

Volunteers needed to help run the registration table at MCA

Would you like to help out at Music Conference Alberta by assisting the Registration Table at the start of conference?

Simply drop us an email or direct a message to Neil Corlett or Kyle Swenson through social media. We would appreciate seeing some old friends and new faces come out to help the MCA registration.

Meet Board Member Lindsey Coulter

Lindsey Coulter became a Board member of the Alberta Band Association in 2014. In her seven-year career she has taught band, choir and jazz band at the high school and junior high levels in the communities of North Edmonton, where she has been for the past six years.

Her program in Queen Elizabeth High School and Major General Griesbach School currently consists of approximately 90 musicians ranging from Concert Band, Choir, and Jazz Band. She also is involved in the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia and is a regular saxophone clinician for beginner musicians.

Since Lindsey has joined the Alberta Band Association Board of Directors, she has been active in the ABA by running or assisting with the Junior High Honour Band, High School Honour Band and Jump Start program.

Outside of music, Lindsey enjoys playing and walking her two dogs, Brinkley and Dakota. She is getting married this summer to her fiance, Randy, who is an engineer. Lindsey enjoys snowboarding during the winter and just being outdoors in the summer.

She is very excited to be a member of the ABA and to help support Band Education in Alberta! The ABA is pleased to have Lindsey and her enthusiasm help run the board. She, along with all board members, would like to wish you a relaxing summer and strong start to your local band programs in the upcoming school year.

Stay Connected

The best ways to stay connected with the ABA are:


Alberta Band Association


Continue visiting our website


Alberta Band Association Facebook page


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Follow us on our Twitter feed:
AlbertaBandAssoc. @AlbertaBandFeed


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