West Valley Winds Workshop 2011

Mark your calendars March 4 & 5, 2011 for the sixth West Valley Winds Workshop, hosted by the Valley Winds Music Association (Canmore) and Westwinds Music Society (Calgary).

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The Workshop

Geared to Grade 3.5-4.5 players, the entire workshop (Friday evening and all day Saturday) will be held in full ensemble under the direction of our guest conductor, Gareth Jones. After the Friday evening sight reading session, everyone is invited to the Communitea Café for a closed party featuring our own jazz jam. Our rhythm section will lay down the beat and all are welcome to join in or simply listen and socialize with friends. 

Saturday rehearsals will run from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Coffee breaks are provided and everyone goes out to find lunch at any of the terrific Canmore eateries. The workshop will conclude with an informal concert at 5:00pm.  

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Hotel accommodations are available at a special rate for the workshop. Simply indicate on the registration form that hotel accommodations are needed and you will be emailed the phone number and reservation code.   

If you can’t attend the full workshop, drop in to the free concert to join in the fun and hear some great music!   

Comments About Previous Workshops

From the Guest Conductor:
“The Adult Band Workshop that I did for you was the highlight of last year’s season for me. I don’t remember when I’ve had such a satisfying and rewarding experience. The band was so responsive and fun to work with. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of such a unique and wonderful venture.” Clinton Marshall 

From Participants:
 - Great conductor. He really raised the bar for this workshop and accepted no less than your best. 
 - I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. The director was fantastic!
 - Excellent workshop – director was awesome! Thank you! 

The Guest Conductor  

Gareth Jones is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary and the director of the University’s Symphonic Band and Brass Choir. He is also Artistic Director of the Alberta Winds and Assistant Director of the Calgary Concert Band. He was Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra from 1992 to 2007.  Before that, he held the same position with the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra.   

Picture of Gareth JonesGareth studied trumpet at Northwestern University, where he won the prestigious concerto competition and a scholarship for performing excellence. He studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux Institute and Canada’s National Arts Centre and received his Master of Music in conducting from the University of Calgary.    

Gareth has studied conducting with the renowned pedagogues Jorma Panula, Gustav Meier, Michael Haithcock and Michael Jinbo.  As a conductor, Gareth founded the Calgary Honour Band and the University of Calgary Brass Choir. He was also a founding member of the chamber ensemble “Rosa Selvatica” and has been a featured soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra on several occasions.   

He can be heard playing chamber music, jazz, blues, and rhythm and blues with various groups around Calgary as well as returning to perform with the Calgary Philharmonic on occasion.   

Previous guest conductors for the workshop have been Dr. Mark Hopkins (University of Calgary), Dr. Dale J. Lonis (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra), Dr. Gillian Mackay (University of Toronto), Mr. Patrick Winters (Eastern Washington University), and Mr. Clinton Marshall (South Carolina).

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