Annapolis Big Band
The Annapolis Big Band is comprised of 17 musicians playing arrangements written in the typical big band format of five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, and a rhythm section of piano, guitar, bass, and drums.
See the Annapolis Big Band facebook page.
Annapolis Community BandFest
Thanks to Trish for sending us the link to her YouTube BandFest 2009 playlist. Hear recordings and see the band under the direction of Maggie Helms and Richard Bennett.
The 2009 Annapolis Community Bandfest was a great success. Thanks to Jolene Bucholz and her organizing committee and our conductors for the weekend: Richard Bennett and Maggie Helms.
Bridgewater Fire Department Band
In 1952 the Bridgewater Fire Department took over sponsorship of the old Bridgewater Citizens' Band, which itself had evolved from a Volunteer Regimental Band that was formed in Bridgewater in 1868.
As musical ambassadors of the Fire Service, members of the Bridgewater Fire Department Band come from all walks of life and represent a wide variety of musical experience. The BFDB also boasts its own Dixieland, German, and Big Bands, as well as a Brass Ensemble.
Plans are well underway for the Band's 2010-2011 international exchange with the Band of the West Yorkshire (UK) Fire and Rescue Service.
The Chester Brass Band
Founded in 1873, and incorporated in 1906, the Chester Brass Band is an internationally renowned brass ensemble, based in Chester, Nova Scotia. It is a non-profit, volunteer organization funded wholly by its membership, concert series, and local patrons.
The Downtown Swing Band
The Downtown Swing Band was formed in August 2004 by a group of friends interested in keeping the music of the Glenn Miller swing era alive. We are a community big band consisting of 5-6 saxophones, 3-4 trumpets 2-3 trombones and a rhythm section of 3-4 players. We have performed as concert guests at dances, as dinner background and our own concerts at the mall or outdoors. Our repertoire consists of classic swing era tunes, modern tunes, with a little rock to shake things up. We cater our performances to the audience.
To learn more about the band (to hire us or join the group) contact Kelly Ells.
The Halifax Concert Band
The Halifax Concert Band is under the direction of Mark Cuming and rehearses on Tuesday evenings at the Quinpool Education Centre (the former St. Pat's High School).
Kings Community Concert Band
The Kings Community Concert Band (KCCB) is an adult concert and marching band based in Kentville, Kings County, Nova Scotia, in the heart of the Annapolis Valley.
Mahone Bay Legion Band
The Mahone Bay Legion Band recently switched to a big band format. Music Director Bob Warren invites new members and 'sit-ins' are welcome.
Visit the Mahone Bay Legion Band website to learn more.
The Ron MacKay "Music for Life" Horn Choir
The Ron MacKay "Music for Life" Award 2009 was awarded to Laura Mercer to develop The Ron MacKay "Music for Life" Horn Choir. Under the direction of Julie Cuming, the 12 member choir made its debut at the Second Wind Community Band's Fall Band Fest Concert on September 27, 2009 at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's, Cape Breton, NS.
The choir will next meet on Sunday, November 1 in Truro, NS. Visit The Ron MacKay "Music For Life" French Horn Choir facebook page for pictures, videos, and updates.
The Sackville Community Band
The Sackville Community Band is comprised of talented volunteers of varying ages and musical experiences. Our mission statement is to bring talented musicians together to perform quality music in support of local non‑commercial events as well as to foster music education in the community. Membership in the band is free.
Second Wind Community Band
The Second Wind Community Band was started in September 1993, by Laura Mercer who still serves as band director. Of the 45 people who showed up for that first session, most could not read music and had never played a musical instrument before. But they were keen and Laura was patient. Today the band has over forty members, and our musical level has (thankfully) improved where we're comfortable at tackling a B300 level of Band Repertoire.