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SBA eNewsletter

The eNewsletter of the Saskatchewan Band Association is sent out to subscribers each Tuesday during the school year. It contains news items and events of interest to band directors, musicians, parents, and all those interested in band and instrumental music. Please feel free to submit news items to the SBA office. Please submit items by noon each Monday to be included in the Tuesday mailout.

Awards

The Saskatchewan Band Association Awards program offers scholarships to students, recognizes distinguished band directors and volunteers.

Curriculum Support

The SBA works with other organizations and Saskatchewan Education to provide input into curriculum and support documents for Band.

Mentorship

As a service to new band teachers, the SBA offers a free mentorship program for SBA members who are recent instrumental music education graduates or are new to teaching band.

Summer Band Camps

The Saskatchewan Band Association has established this program to provide a summer band camp opportunity for students at a reasonable cost. Day camps are offered in Regina, Saskatoon, and Yorkton. The Kenosee Junior Camp is a full residential camp offered at Clearview Camp in beautiful Kenosee Lake Provincial Park. Each camp offers comprehensive instruction for woodwind, brass and percussion students who have one or more years of playing experience. The camps are designed to assist in the improvement of performance skills that relate directly to the positive experiences of playing in a large ensemble. The camp provides an excellent way for students to learn new musical and technical skills, make new friends, have fun, and improve sound and technique. Students will be assigned to a band on the first morning of camp, according to their musical experience and performance ability. The camps include full band, private lessons, sectional instruction, small ensembles, master classes, theory, ear training, rhythm training, sight-reading, staff performances, recreation and social activities, and a final student’s public concert. Junior Camps: Students who have completed one year of playing up to and including grade 9. Advanced junior students wishing to attend Senior camp should contact the SBA office or the coordinator of your camp.Senior Camps: Grades 9 - 12 (students who have graduated from grade 12 in 2014 are welcome to attend)

Membership

Membership in the Saskatchewan Band Association provides a variety of benefits, including a diverse range of programs and services which enhance and support the future of instrumental music in Saskatchewan. Together we present a strong, collective voice, both provincially and nationally, on issues affecting Saskatchewan bands and the Saskatchewan community.

Provincial Junior and Intermediate Bands

The SBA and SMEA partner to put on the Saskatchewan Junior Band programs in both the South and North. It is designed to create an enriched musical experience for talented young musicians in our province.

Member Funding

The Saskatchewan Band Association’s "MEMBER FUNDING PROGRAM" provides financial assistance to Saskatchewan Band Festivals, Saskatchewan Community Bands, the Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association, and other Special Projects relating to instrumental music in Saskatchewan.