Congratulations to Sarah MacDonald

NSBA 2023 Distinguished Band Director

NSBA Life Members

Ron Murphy and Michael Morrissey

NSBA President Dina Burtt made the presentation at the 2023 NSMEA Conference.

Register today for AFM 2024

Your ensemble will have a fantastic experience at Atlantic Canada’s premier music festival!

The largest band and choral festival on the East Coast is once again accepting registrations! We can’t wait to welcome you and your ensemble to the beautiful Mount Saint Vincent University campus in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The festival runs from April 24 to 26, 2024.

An incredible learning opportunity

Atlantic Festival of Music features internationally renowned adjudicators and clinicians. You’ll perform on a first-class concert stage and receive invaluable feedback to help your ensemble learn and grow. Your musicians will also find inspiration in spectacular concerts by our featured professional artists!

We’ve started unveiling our adjudicator lineup for 2024.

Remember, Atlantic Festival of Music has categories for everyone: Band, Orchestra, Choral, Jazz, and Drumming.


The Nova Scotia Band Association is excited to officially announce that Atlantic Festivals of Music will be owned and operated by the NSBA starting in 2024!

After many years of dedicated service Ron Murphy and Mike Morrissey have passed ownership of the festival to the NSBA. A huge thank-you to Ron and Mike for their service and for trusting the NSBA to continue their work.

The NSBA will strive to ensure that Atlantic Festivals of Music continues to be the high quality, rewarding and enriching experience that it has been for the past 30 years.

The James H. Hargreaves Memorial Scholarship 2023

Dante Kierstead, Citadel High School

Dante & Dina Burtt, NSBA president

Nova Scotia Honours Jazz Funk Unit

The Jean McKenzie Memorial Band Volunteer Award

Marlene Blezy, Chester Brass Ensemble
Cornet and Librarian
Presented at the Chester Brass Concert
on June 30, 2023.

Nova Scotia Band Association
Board Members 2023

Executive Members

President – Dina Burtt
1st Vice President – Diane Clarke
2nd Vice President – Alison Meadows Peters
Treasurer – Jackie Crowell
Secretary – Dave Burtt
Past President – Steve Hartlen
Managing Director – Hope Gendron
Provincial Ensemble Representatives

NSYWE – Hope Gendron
NSJWE  – Holly Hartlen
NSHJ/NSMEA  – John McLeod

Members at Large
Melissa Ashley
Christine Blanchard
Ian Grant
Serena Godmaire
Holly Hartlen
Mark Hopkins
Holly Leader
Sarah MacDonald
Amanda Taylor
Community Band Representative (open)

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