Going for Gold with the Manitoba Band Association

posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 

Last week, two groups of students had the opportunity to visit the Classic 107 studios for an interview about the upcoming Solo and Ensemble Music Festival, hosted by the Manitoba Band Association. Established in 1977, the Festival is the MBA’s oldest initiative, and is an adjudicated, non-competitive festival offering a performance setting for woodwind, brass, and percussion players. Nicole (Grade 10), Krystal (Grade 11), Jin (Grade 10), and Miray (Grade 10) all represented SJR in a flute quartet at the studios, while Ishika, Leo, and Yeijin ((Grade 10) formed a saxophone trio.

On Friday, January 20, 2017, 30 Senior School musicians formed nine ensembles/solos, and performed for adjudication at the Festival, which is held annually every January here in Winnipeg. Each of the groups received some immediate feedback and coaching to help them take their musicianship to even greater levels of sophistication! Additionally, they received written notes based on their performance, and a rating of either Participated, Bronze, Silver, or Gold for superior performance. Every one of the groups, featuring every musician from the senior concert band (plus a few from the senior brass quintet) earned a rating of Gold from the adjudicators – the highest possible award!