This year, VWMA welcomes Shane Nizinkevich and Janell Toews to co-direct the Concert Band. Both Shane and Janelle have many years of experience with school and community Bands in Canmore and Banff.

The Concert Band plays at the Grade 4 level. There are no auditions, and everyone is welcome. Currently there is a special need for low-brass and reed-instrument players. As for the Choir and Big Band, potential members are invited to attend the first three rehearsals to see if the Concert Band is for them.

Concert Band rehearsals will be held at Canmore Collegiate High School on Thursday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30 pm.

As a relative newcomer to the valley, I've found the VWMA to be a nice place to meet and get to know people with interests similar to mine. Most people are really friendly and interested in being helpful when answering my many questions. The music is fun and challenging. The conductors of both the choir and the concert band are outstanding musicians and interesting people.

Evelyn Powell