About NSBA


Nova Scotia Band Association

The Nova Scotia Band Association has been supporting bands in Atlantic Canada since the early 90’s. Over the years, the organization has been led by an ever changing group of talented music educators, players, business leaders and conductors from around the province.  ______________________________________________________________________

Our Mission

The Nova Scotia Band Associations 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.


NSBA Executive Committee

NSBA President

Steve Hartlen studied trombone at Acadia University graduating with a Bachelors degree in Music Education in 1990 and a Masters degree in Curriculum Studies (Music Education Focus) in 2014. He has also studied at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. Steve has been teaching in the Nova Scotia public school system for the past 27 years directing bands at Parrsboro Regional High, Hants East Rural High, New Glasgow Junior High and is currently teaching Grade 6-8 Music and Band at New Glasgow Academy. Steve also works with the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble as a clinician and assistant director and has been a long time member of the Acadia University Summer Music Faculty. As a trombonist and a vocalist Steve has performed with a variety of ensembles including the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Halifax Camerata Singers and Incantatus. He currently performs with the Nova Brass Quintet. He lives in Truro with his wife Holly and their three children; Noah, Claire and Owen.


NSBA Past President

Dr. Mark Hopkins

Acadia University



NSBA Vice President

Diane Clarke

Musquodoboit Rural High School



NSBA Treasurer

Christina Muise

Ridgecliffe Middle School



NSBA Executive Director &  Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble Representative

Hope Gendron

Georges P. Vanier Junior High

French Horn


NSBA Joint Secretaries

                                         Dina Burtt

Lockview High School


                                        David Burtt

Halifax West High School



Nova Scotia Junior Wind Ensemble Representative

Katelyn Gillis

Citadel High School



Nova Scotia Honour Jazz Representative

                                      Nick Fisher

Truro Junior High School


Members at Large

Serena Godmaire

Music Teacher



                                       Paul Hutton

Central Kings Rural High School

Acadia University Youth Band


Past NSBA Presidents

2013 – 2016      Dr. Mark Hopkins
2009 – 2013      Barb Stetter
2008 – 2009     Dr. Mark Hopkins
2005 – 2007     Ken Henderson
2001 – 2005     Andrew Alcorn
1999 – 2001    Jim Forde
1997 – 1999    Cyril Campbell
1996 – 1997    Gary Adams
1993 – 1996    Ardith Haley
1991 – 1993    Ronald MacKay

NSBA Lifetime Members

Paul Barrett
Bernie Burke *
Jim Forde
Terry Hill
Don Hughes *
Marlene Jackson
Brian Johnston
Shelagh LeBlanc
Ron MacKay *
Jean MacKenzie*
Brian March *
George Morrison
Dr. Fred Prince *
Frank Ridgeway*
Jim Williams

* Deceased

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