I am writing today in my role as President of the Nova Scotia Band Association to invite you to join the NSBA. If you are already a member of the NSBA, you know the benefits of membership in this organization. If you have not been a member before or have let your membership lapse, I encourage you to reconsider membership for the following reasons.
First and foremost, the NSBA is a community of like-minded individuals. The mission statement of the organization says it best:
NSBA’s mission is to support and promote the development of bands throughout the province of Nova Scotia through communication, coordination, program development, advocacy and lobbying at the provincial level.
Along with advocacy for music and the arts, the NSBA seeks to support bands across the province. There is a page dedicated to listing all of the community bands in Nova Scotia, making this the one-stop location for contacting other groups and networking. Members share repertoire ideas and resources, and often visit and attend each other’s concerts. Membership in the NSBA includes affiliated membership in the Canadian Band Association. One new development is the creation of a wind band Events Calendar on the website, where you can list your concerts and see what is happening in school, community, and university bands across the province. And, the NSBA is currently planning some special programs for players and conductors in the near future.
NSBA members also receive Canadian Winds, the bi-annual journal of wind band music in Canada. Each issue contains a wealth of information ranging from discussions about repertoire (concert band and jazz band) from beginner to advanced levels, reviews of books and recordings that support great teaching, interviews with prominent Canadian wind musicians, and articles about how to approach teaching certain instruments. In short, this is the best source for learning more about the wind band community in Canada. Community Bands are featured in every issue of Canadian Winds. It is a great way to stay in touch with bands across Canada!
If you or your institution wishes to join, membership dues can be paid on the homepage of the NSBA website (http://novascotiabandassociation.com).
I hope you will consider membership in this exciting organization, and join us as we all perform band music in Nova Scotia.
President, Nova Scotia Band Association