Saskatchewan Junior / Intermediate Bands

Welcome to the Saskatchewan Provincial Junior Band (North), 2020 and Saskatchewan Provincial Intermediate Band (North), 2020 page.

Dear Band Teachers, (North)

This year’s SBA/SMEA Junior and Intermediate Band North will be held on Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th, 2020 at Tommy Douglas Collegiate (Junior) and Bethlehem Catholic High School (Intermediate) in Saskatoon. The Junior and Intermediate Band program is designed to provide an enrichment experience for accomplished young musicians in our province. Students recommended for this program should be motivated and looking to achieve a new level of musical excellence. The north bands include students from the northern half of the province (all school divisions north of Davidson).

For each band please reference the specific details below.

Recommendation criteria for 2019-2020

  • Each band program area may recommend up to five (5) students for participation.
  • Each band program area may recommend a maximum of one (1) student per instrument.
  • Although the planning committee will make every effort to accommodate all students recommended,
    due to space constraints and in consideration for balanced instrumentation, all students recommended
    may not be selected to participate.
  • A recall will be issued if additional participants on certain instruments are required.
  • Each band program area may recommend up to five (5) students for participation.
  • Please recommend students from a variety of instrument sections.
  • Although the planning committee will make every effort to accommodate all students recommended,
    due to space constraints and in consideration for balanced instrumentation, all students recommended
    may not be selected to participate.
  • A recall will be issued if additional participants on certain instruments are required.

Band Teacher Instructions

  1. Please distribute the attached parent/guardian letter and direct the parent/guardian to the registration form on the SMEA website – www.saskmea.ca and click on the programs. *It is advisable that online registrations are completed before Christmas break.
  2. If you have students who may not be able to participate due to financial considerations and you do not have access to scholarship funds through your school or division, please contact Val Kuemper or Jennifer Jungwirth at the SMEA office to inquire about scholarship possibilities (smea@sasktel.net)
  3. Registration will close on January 17, 2020. Please be sure your registrations are submitted by this date. Late applications will not be considered unless there is a need for a second call to fill any needed instrumentation.

 

Please feel free to contact Lee Adams (adamsl@spsd.sk.ca or 306-222-0441) should you have any further questions or concerns about registrations. We look forward to receiving your student recommendations and having your students participate in the Saskatchewan Junior and Intermediate Band North program.

Sincerely,

The Saskatchewan Junior and Intermediate Band North Planning Committee

Parent Information

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Congratulations on having an accomplished young musician in your family. Receiving this letter means your band teacher is very pleased with the progress your child is making. Thank you for all the support and encouragement you have given your child to develop their musical abilities.

The Saskatchewan Junior and Intermediate Band North Program provides an enrichment experience for exceptional band students from across Northern Saskatchewan. It is offered as a joint project between the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association and the Saskatchewan Band Association.

We warmly welcome your child’s involvement in the Saskatchewan Junior and Intermediate Band North Program. If you are interested in having your child participate, please complete the online application form by January 17th, 2020. If your child has been selected to participate, they will be notified through your band teacher in the beginning of February, once the student selection process is complete.

 

When: 

Friday, March 13th – 12pm – 6pm

Saturday, March 14th – 9:00am – 5:30pm (Public Concert in the afternoon)

Format:     During the two days, students will experience sectionals and full band rehearsals. The weekend will conclude with a public concert at Tommy Douglas Collegiate on Saturday at 4:30pm.

Cost:     A $65 registration fee will include a t-shirt, access to digital recordings of the concert, and meals (Friday snack, Saturday lunch, Saturday snack). Admission to the concert will be by silver collection. Payment must be included with the online application form in order to be considered. If your student is not selected to participate, your payment will be returned to you. Students are responsible for their own transportation, additional meals, and accommodations.

Commitment:     Students will receive their music by mid-February, and are expected to practice their music ahead of time to ensure a basic grasp of the notes and rhythms.

Selection Process:     Once all applications are received, students from each area of Northern Saskatchewan will be selected to participate in the Saskatchewan Junior Band. The organizers will be striving for a 60-piece band with balanced instrumentation.

This may mean that not all students who apply will be selected to participate.

Accommodations:     Families will be responsible for their own accommodations and transportation during the weekend. Please note that students will be supervised during all scheduled activities.

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities:

  1. The online registration can be found at www.saskmea.ca and click on programs.  There you will find the Junior/Intermediate band link. Be sure to include the $65 registration fee. If selected, the fee is not refundable; if not selected, the payment will be mailed back to you. Registrations without payment attached will not be accepted.
  2. Please ensure your child is able to attend all scheduled activities. Cancellations or missed rehearsals mean that the opportunity to play in this band is taken away from another deserving student.
  3. Please ensure your child has transportation to and from the venue. The itinerary will be emailed with the music in mid-February and will provide exact times.
  4. If required, please ensure your child has accommodations on March 13th and 14th.