Community Band Fest


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Nova Scotia Community Band Festivals

There are many fantastic community-based musical ensembles currently operating throughout Atlantic Canada. As an organization, the Nova Scotia Band Association tries to support these fine groups in creating and sharing band music in their home communities. Together, these many ensembles create a musical network and supportive family that help to promote musical learning and ensemble playing for everyone at any stage of life.

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The community band festivals, hosted in different communities throughout Nova Scotia each year, are an opportunity for the many members of our Atlantic Canadian musical family to come together, learn from each others experience, celebrate each others successes, build lasting friendships, and make memorable music together.

Delegates from different amateur and semi-professional community ensembles converge in one location for a weekend, form a large playing ensemble based on their level of ability, and rehearse new music under the baton of talented and respected conductors and music educators. The weekend ends with a public performance.

Depending on which festival you attend, and what has been planned for that particular year, a typical weekend might include such things as: instrumental clinics/workshops, lectures on band related topics, display booths from musical businesses, opportunities to try new instruments, work under talented guest conductors, complimentary instrument repairs or consultations, performances in a large ensemble with full instrumentation, organized social events, and guest performances.

Annual Community Band Festivals in Nova Scotia



May 26th-28th, 2017
2017 Halifax Community Band Festival

Hosted By: The Second Chances Community Band of Nova Scotia
Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax NS
Halifax Band Fest Brochure (coming soon)
Secure Online Registration Form: here

Guest Conductors Dr. Dale Lonis (MMI Achieve)
Ardith Haley (MMI Achieve)
Guest Performance TBA

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July 21st-23rd, 2017
Annapolis Royal Community Band Festival
Hosted By: Annapolis Basin Community Band
Annapolis Royal Fire Hall, 5 St. Anthony Street, Annapolis Royal NS
Annapolis Royal Band Fest Brochure (coming soon)

Guest Conductors TBA
Guest Performers TBA

YouTube Video of Concert: Annapolis Royal Band Fest 2014

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2017 Dates TBA
Cape Breton Community Band Festival

Hosted By: Second Wind Community Band
New Dawn Centre of Social Innovation, Sydney NS


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Annual Community Band Festivals in New Brunswick

NBBA - Band Blast 2015

2017 Dates TBA
New Brunswick Band Blast
Hosted By: Bathurst Community Concert Band
Bathurst High School, Bathurst, New Brunswick

Guest Conductor TBA
Accomodation TBA

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