The Big 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 Big Band puts on community dances, offers a Jazzy Christmas and takes part in the Bow Valley Blow Out.
Big Band practices will be held at Canmore Collegiate High School on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 starting September 4.
Musicians are welcome to attend the first three practices and then decide if they want to join Valley Winds. Although there are no formal auditions, places are available depending on the need for specific instruments.