Valley Winds Music Association

Making music in the Bow Valley of the Canadian Rockies

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COVID-19 Update May 31: The main choir spent the fall and spring doing rehearsals over Zoom. The Men of the Mountains choir also did rehearsals over Zoom. Both bands were sadly sidelined as the restrictions in place for containing the virus did not permit either band to meet. We are hoping to resume normal operations in September.


Anyone can join the main Choir, even if they do not read music or have experience singing in harmony. The Choir co-directors, Sue Chick Denton and Lee Ann Decoteau, conduct the choir with energy and enthusiasm and provide a fun experience for all.

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The Concert Band is co-directed by Shane Nizinkevich and Janelle Toews. Both Shane and Janelle have many years of experience with school and community Bands in Canmore and Banff.

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The Jazz Band plays jazz standards and pop and Latin hits under the co-direction of Mark DeJong and Carsten Rubeling. Mark and Carsten are highly respected professional jazz musicians based in Calgary. The Jazz Band puts on community dances, offers a Jazzy Christmas and takes part in the Bow Valley Blow Out.

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About Valley Winds Music

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Have you always wanted to play an instrument, sing or refresh forgotten music abilities, then the Valley Winds Music Association (VWMA) is a wonderful way to experience the joy of music and learning in our community

The VWMA has over 130 members and consists of three community musical groups – a concert band, choir and big band style jazz band. Located in the Canmore and Banff area of the Bow Valley in Alberta, Canada, the groups hold weekly rehearsals and periodic public performances throughout the fall, winter and spring.

In 2019 VWMA celebrated 25 years supporting music in the Bow Valley. We are really excited about the 2020 programs.

This year we are encouraging younger musicians to join us, so that they can, under the expert guidance of our musical directors, build on the musicianship they developed during their schooldays.

We welcome you to join us NOW for a fun, relaxed, and rewarding musical experience!

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