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Clinician Registry

A list of clinicians, selected by the NSBA Executive  will be posted.  Access to the these outstanding musicians and mentors will be available for NSBA members to contact and bring into their programs.

Individual Instrumental Clinicians


Planning and Rehearsal Techniques




Video – Hfx Band Fest Promo2

4th Annual Halifax Community Band Festival
Mount St. Vincent University     May 26 – 28, 2017
hosted by: Second Chances Community Band Program of Nova Scotia

PROMO VIDEO #2 – The MacKay “Music for Life” Learning Band

This video was created during the 2016 Halifax Community Band Festival weekend

Annapolis Community BandFest July 21-23, 2017

Annapolis Royal Band Fest LOGO w-border

Annapolis Basin Community Band Festival
Hosted by: Annapolis Basin Community Band, Annapolis Royal NS
When: July 21-23, 2017
Where: Annapolis Royal Fire Hall (5 St. Anthony St, Annapolis Royal, NS)


2017 Guest Conductors:
–  TBA –

There will be two levels of bands – band members who are novice players with more than 1-2 years experience to come and play in the MacKay Band and for those who consider themselves “seasoned musicians”, we have the more advanced band called the Champlain Band.  Experience these wonderful musicians and conductors and have lots of fun making music with like minded community band members from around the Maritimes.

2017 Guest Clinicians
Flute – TBA
Oboe – TBA
Saxophone – TBA
Trumpet – TBA
Euphonium – TBA
Tuba – TBA
Percussion – TBA

Pre-registration is very helpful to us for assembling the music folders ahead of time. Register by July 1, 2017 to receive early bird discount! Looking forward to seeing everyone!


2017 Venue
Annapolis Royal Fire Hall
5 Anthony Street, Annapolis Royal

2017 Final Concert
Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 2:00pm
Fort Anne


Halifax Community Band Festival May 26-28, 2017


The Second Chances Community Band of Nova Scotia is only one of the many community-based musical ensembles in the Atlantic provinces. Together, these many ensembles create a musical network and supportive family that helps promote musical learning and ensemble playing for everyone at any stage of life. The community band festivals, hosted in different communities throughout Nova Scotia each year, are an opportunity for the many members of this Atlantic Canadian musical family to come together, learn from each others experience, celebrate each others successes, build lasting friendships, and make memorable music together.

We are hosting the 3rd Annual Halifax Community Band Festival during the weekend of May 26th through 28th, 2017 and we hope you will consider joining us! The Band Fest committee has begun the process of organizing and raising the necessary funds to make this valuable community band weekend a success!  There is much work to do in preparation for what could potentially become the largest community band festival in Atlantic Canada!






Again this year, the Halifax Community Band Festival will offer two levels of playing ensemble:
1.   A Beginner Ensemble, called the Ron MacKay band – for players with 1-2 years of experience. Who is Ron MacKay, you ask? Find out here: Ron MacKay Bio (coming soon)
2.   An Advanced Ensemble, called the James H. Hargreaves band – for players with more than 2 years of experience. Who is James Hargreaves, you ask? Find out here: James H. Hargreaves Bio (coming soon)

Our hope is that both ensembles will be made up of players from many different community bands and orchestras from all over Atlantic Canada.  Please consider wearing your ensemble’s performance attire in the final concert to reflect the number of groups represented at the festival.

Please take some time to explore the Halifax Community Band Festival related web pages located under the Hfx Band Fest 2017 drop down menu above.

– – – – – – PLEASE REGISTER FOR BAND FEST NOW !!! – – – – – –

Are you even the slightest bit interested in:
1.  Meeting many other community band players from all over the Atlantic Canada?
2.  Playing under the baton of talented, respected and professional conductors/educators?
3.  Experiencing the excitement of playing in ensembles with full instrumentation?
4.  Having a fantastic weekend of musical fellowship and music making with friends?

If so, then I encourage you to REGISTER FOR BAND FEST NOW! Decisions regarding what Second Chances can afford to include as activities during the weekend event are dependent upon the number of participants. Registering now is not a firm commitment to attend, but simply an indication of interest in being there.

Register Here:
Band Fest Registration

Band Fest 2016 Brochure:
Brochure – 2017.pdf

Past Halifax Band Fest Brochures:
Brochure – 2014.pdf
Brochure – 2015.pdf
Brochure – 2016.pdf

Halifax Band Fest in the News:
The Chronicle Herald
Cyndi Sweeney’s 2014 article “Don’t Stop the Music: Strike a Chord for Community”

The Halifax Community Band Festivals are proudly hosted by: cropped-facebook-background-text-jpg-1500x630.jpg