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Valley Winds Music Association

Making music in the Bow Valley of the Canadian Rockies

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The Valley Winds Jazz Band is playing at the Ironwood in Calgary on May 7 at 2:00pm

"Blow Out at the Park" is at the Stan Rogers Stage from noon until 5pm May 27. It will feature both Valley Winds bands and guest groups from Cochrane and Calgary. Come and join us for a free afternoon of music.

The Valley Winds Music Association s a  successful recipient of the 2023 Rota

The Valley Winds Music Association is the successful recipient of a  2023 Rotary Club Community Grant.   

The awarded grant of $5000.00 will be used to sustain the many musical initiatives of the Valley Winds choirs and bands.

We are very appreciative of the ongoing support from the Rotary Clu

January 2023 Updates

The Valley Winds Music Association is pleased to accept new members for the remainder of the 2022/2023 program year. VWMA programs are structured on an annual calendar for membership fees, rehearsals and concerts.  On a trial basis, VWMA will now accept new member registrations for the remainder of the 2023 season (January - June). New musicians should go to the Join Us link above.

Prospective new members may attend up to three rehearsals before joining a group. No auditions are required. Please check the Groups  link above for rehearsal dates. 

Choir CHORDillera and Men of the Mountains rehearsal dates, concert dates and venues have changed. See Groups or Events for updated information.

Choir CHORDillera

Men of the Mountains, an all male choir

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The Concert Band is a non-auditioned group that welcomes all musicians who play wind or percussion instruments at the Grades 3-5 levels. It is co-directed by Shane Nizinkevich and Janell Toews, both talented and experienced music educators in the Bow Valley.

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The Jazz Band plays jazz standards, 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 and its own 'Jazzy Christmas' in addition to other Valley Winds Association concerts.

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About Valley Winds Music

Registration for the 2022-23 season is open!

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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, two choirs 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. After a year of missing making music together, we are really excited about the 2022/2023 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!


The Valley Winds Music Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the AFA

The Valley Winds Music Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the Rotary Club of Canmore

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