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Cape Breton Fall Bandfest September 22-24, 2017


Cape Breton Community Band Fall Festival
Hosted by: Second Wind Community Band, Sydney NS
When: September 22-24, 2017
Where: Victoria Park Armories (Esplanade St, Sydney, NS)

Cape Breton Community Band Fall Fest - logo

2017 Guest Conductors:
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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 DesBarres 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 Brochure:
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Brochures from Past Years:
2016 Fall Band Fest Brochure
2015 Fall Band Fest Brochure
2014 Sydney Band Fest Flyer

2017 Venue
Victoria Park Armories (Esplanade near the corner of Nepean Street)

To Register
Contact Elizabeth Buffett by e-mail:

2017 Host Hotel
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NBBA Band Blast 2015 – October 16-18, 2015

The New Brunswick chapter of the Canadian Band Association will be hosting their annual Band Blast event for community band players interested in a weekend of fun and learning.

New Brunswick Band Association
Band Blast 2015
Bathurst, New Brunswick
October 16-18, 2015
Guest Conductor: Ron Murphy

For the weekend schedule: click here

Preferred Hotel:
Lakeview Inns & Suites
777 St. Peter Ave, Bathurst, NB, E2A 2Y9
** Ask for “Band Blast” room rate when booking **
($87.00 + tax  per night if booked by deadline of September 30th)

For those interested in attending you can register: click here

NBBA Band Blast Poster2

2018 Online Registration Form

nsba_logo JPEG (small) Nova Scotia Band Association Online Registration Form This secure, online registration form is for anyone interested in joining or renewing their membership with the Nova Scotia Band Association. All information submitted using this form is kept strictly confidential and will not be shared with any business or agency other than the Nova Scotia Band Association and the Canadian Band Association. If you are uncomfortable submitting an online registration form, you can use this .pdf version: NSBA_RegistrationForm and mail it directly to us at: Nova Scotia Band Association, 108 Grindstone Drive, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3R 0A6 or to our NSBA Treasurer whose address is at the bottom of the form.

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Why Join the NSBA?

Dear Colleagues:

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 (

I hope you will consider membership in this exciting organization, and join us as we all perform band music in Nova Scotia.


Mark Hopkins
President, Nova Scotia Band Association