Hello, hope you are enjoying the summer! With those of you missing summer band camps or looking for some amazing music to listen to or talks to inspire you, check out Prairie Music Residency this week. Some of the worlds best brass, percussion and woodwind artists are putting on sessions for advancing players, musicians and community members. See the information below and be well!

August 6 – 9, 2020
Online Delivery featuring:
Amazing Clinicians covering:
Brass, Percussion & Woodwind
Timely Band Topics
Incredibly Low Cost
4 Days … Over 35 Presenters … Networking & MORE
The Saskatoon Brass Band, in association with the SBA, is blasting its highly-rated Prairie Music Residency into Cyberspace for four days of performances, masterclasses, interactive discussions, daily hang outs with national and international level clinicians.

PMR Online is open to musicians and music lovers of all ages, abilities with sessions on brass/woodwind/percussion and as well as special overall band topics!  Each day includes Artist Spotlight Sessions featuring Brass, Woodwind and Percussion faculty; Centre Stage Sessions for topics of broad interest and additional content including daily hang out chats.

Cost (includes post-event access to session recordings until August 30 for all registrants): $25 for SBA Members $35 for non-membersRegister NOW
Artist Spotlight Sessions
Artist Spotlight Sessions are instrument specific sessions, featuring some of the world’s finest Brass, Woodwind and Percussion performers and educators.

The spotlight sessions include performances, masterclasses and live interactive Q and A sessions.

Check out the national and international clinicians:

Brass Faculty
Woodwind Faculty
Percussion Faculty

The SBA is pleased to support PMR each year.  For this year, we are also proud to welcome of the Woodwind Faculty below as a special feature for PMR2020:Centre Stage Sessions – SpecialPresentationTopics

 Community Music and Mental Health – Tabby Kerwin Join published writer, performance coach, mental health advocate and trainer Tabby Kerwin for a session on her research,  importance of putting good support measures into and open discussion on Mental Health in music.
 Improve your Intonation – Dr. Shelley JagowA session to help improve you and your bands intonation with acclaimed educator, Professor of Music at Wright State University School of Music and author of Tuning for Wind Instruments: A Roadmap to Successful Intonation Dr. Shelley Jagow.
 Beyond the Notes, a journey in Musicianship – Joseph ParisiProfessor at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and Director of Fountain City Brass Band takes you on an inspiring journey to become a greater musician.

Panel Discussion: Diversity in MusicHosted by President of the International Women’s Brass Conference, Joanna Ross Hersey.  The first of a two part discussion (Part two in the fall) on diversity in music.  An All Star, all female panel will discuss their backgrounds, challenges and experiences in music.
 Staying Engaged – Dean McNeillDean presents a session to help all band musicians stay engaged both mentally and physically, during times that we can’t play as an ensemble or maybe get motivated to play by ourselves at home.
 History of Brass– Tom DavorenCharting the start of the brass banding movement and phenomenon, Tom Davoren takes us through the history of Brass Banding from the industrial revolution through the 20th Century.
 Improvisation – Allan MolnarAn interactive session on improvisation for all levels and experience in improvisation. Bring your instruments and play along as Allan Molnar gives you an introduction and building blocks to further your improvisation skills.
Grooversity: Samba Rhythm 101 – Marcus SantosBring a practice pad/snare drum and sticks or hand drum (djembe/conga) and headphones, or just join in with body percussion, or your pots and pans to learn as many of the parts and rhythms all together, in a virtual samba drum and percussion ensemble! There will be something for everyone to learn to play and explore to improve your rhythmic skills or learn something new! For all ages, all levels, no experience necessary.
 “From a Distance”… Band Music Technology DiscussionAn open discussion with special guests on music technology that has worked and hasn’t. Hints, tips and links to software and resources that will help enhance your playing, practice or social distancing within ensembles. Open to all and no experience necessary!
 Building and Sustaining Community in our Ensembles 
Dr. Peter Meechan & Jeff W. BallJeff W. Ball and host Dr. Peter Meechan will guide an interactive discussion on building community within ensembles, taking a look at the huge success of the Brooklyn Wind Symphony and its subsequent ensembles. Discussion will also cover where our community ensembles might go under the current world climate and what we can do to sustain community band music.

 To view the entire PMR Schedule at a Glance visit: 


DON’T MISS OUT … An amazing, accessible and affordable opportunity!

All of the Centre Stage and Spotlight Sessions PLUS opportunities to connect and hang out with other band musicians.  Not available all 4 days?  Not a problem – remember registrants have access to ALL sessions until August 30!

Reminder: SBA Members must log in to access the member discounted pricing… 4 days of sessions, only $25 for SBA Members!

 Register NOW – Don’t Miss Out!

Written by willmartin