March 1-2, 2024
Join us Friday evening and all-day Saturday for full concert band rehearsals followed by a concert Saturday late afternoon.
Canmore Collegiate High School
Vivace: Grade 4.5 – 5
Dolce: Grade 3 – 4
Thank you to Long & McQuade for your generous support of The Mike!
Early Bird $70 until February 15
$80 as of February 16
The sixteenth annual Mike Sakatch Concert Band Workshop is hosted by the Valley Winds Music Association (Canmore) and Cochrane Music Society (Cochrane). The entire concert band workshop, Friday evening and all-day Saturday, will be held in full ensemble under the direction of our guest conductors, Dr. Brian Sand (Banff Community High School) and Dr. LaToya Webb.
“This was my first time and I THOROUGHLY enjoyed myself! Will definitely be back next year! The music selection was superb and made for one of the most enjoyable workshops/concerts I’ve ever attended.”
After the Friday evening sight reading session, everyone is invited to a party featuring our own jazz jam at the Canmore Miners Union Hall. Our rhythm section will lay down the beat and all are welcome to join in or simply listen and socialize with friends. Bar service provided by Pine Tree Players – nice arts collaboration!
On Saturday, after a full day of rehearsals, the workshop will close with an informal (no dress code) concert offered to the public.
Mike Sakatch’s wonderful talent, dedication, and infectious good humour enriched the lives of thousands of musicians and we participants of “The Mike” count ourselves among them. The workshop has had continued success because of the driving force of Mike. He knew the importance of enhancing adult music programming by offering exciting learning opportunities with excellent guest directors in an atmosphere of fun and camaraderie.
Through the years the workshop grew into a two-band format with participants from Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Some guest directors, when contacted said, “I have heard about this wonderful workshop and wanted to come someday. I am so glad you have invited me!” We have become “known”!
While we miss our wonderful friend and mentor, we honour him and keep his memory by continuing the “Mike Sakatch Band Workshop” – affectionately known as “The Mike”.
Dr. Brian Sand has performed trumpet with many of Canada’s leading symphonic ensembles as well as in several musicals, jazz ensembles, pit orchestras, operas, ballets, chamber ensembles, bands, wind ensembles, rock bands, choirs, summer festivals and has been featured as soloist throughout Canada and the U.S.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Dr. LaToya A. Webb serves as Assistant Professor of Music, Director of the Wind Orchestra, and Coordinator of Winds, Brass, and Percussion at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Before joining the Laurier Faculty of Music, she served as Assistant Professor of Practice in Conducting and Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Texas at Austin. She was also an Instructor of Wind Conducting at Auburn and Grambling State University.
6:15-7:00pm Set Up – Please help!
7:00pm Welcome – In the Theatre
7:30-9:30pm Rehearsal Sight Reading
9:30pm – 12:00 Jazz Jam Social (Jazz Jam Venue To Be Confirmed)
8:30am-11:30am Rehearsal – with coffee break (yum!)
11:30am – 1:00pm Lunch (Lunch not included – a variety of local restaurants available)
1:00 – 4:00pm Rehearsal – with coffee break (more yum!)
4:00 – 4:30pm Dolce Sound Check on stage
5:00pm Concert – informal – no dress code
Go green! Bring a refillable water bottle.
Bring a seat cushion if needed. Those chairs don’t improve with age.
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A block of rooms has been reserved at Canmore Inn & Suites, 1402 – Bow Valley Trail, Canmore.
Any rooms not booked by February 9, 2024, will be released back to the hotel.
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