Category Archives: Northern Winds Community Band

Band Director: sbrooks@prn.bc.ca

BC Winter Games

The Arts Community played its part in the 2020 BC Winter Games held in Fort St. John from February 20-23. It was a wonderful event and it was an opportunity for the Arts and Sport to work side by side for the benefit of the community. As BC Game staff member, Andrew Pitre, said after the Opening Ceremony, “I reflect on the similarities and difference between the performing arts and sport performance.  The arts has such a unique ability to be so much more inclusive, engage people, showcase dance/movement/music and just reach such a wider audience. 
Its amazing how a show like this really does bring people together. “

Enjoy these images from the Games.

Dancers of Studio 2 Stage and Alchemy Dance Collective perform Sky Full of Stars at the 2020 Winter Games Opening Ceremony.
Watt School of Irish Dance performing at the Opening Ceremony.
Dancers of Alchemy Dance Collective and Studio 2 Stage Dance Academy perform behind the BC Games torch at the Opening Ceremony
Dancers from Northern Dance Theatre Society had the North Peace Arena hopping as they led athletes in Just Dance at the Participant Special Events on Friday and Saturday evening at the BC Winter Games.
School District 60 Spirit of the Peace Dancers charmed the audience at the BC Winter Games Opening Ceremony.
Performing at the BC Winter Games Closing Ceremony: School District 60 Band students, Northern Winds Community Band, the North Peace Community Choir, Northern Lights Youth Choir, Alleluiah Children’s Choir

A Traditional Christmas

Saturday, December 14 @ 3:00 pm
Adults $15, Students & Seniors $10, Children $5

Join the North Peace Community Choir, Northern Lights Youth Choir, and the Hallelujah Children’s Choir for an afternoon of Christmas music. Includes a holiday sing-a-long as well as a bake sale, 10 Basket Raffle, and 50/50 draw.

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Spring Melodies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Lights Youth Choir
Spring Melodies
Saturday, June 3rd @ 3PM
Adults $15, Students & Seniors $10

A delightful afternoon concert that will warm your heart and get your toes tapping.  With special guests, School District 60 Band and Northern Winds Community Band.

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Join Our Community Band

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First rehearsal of 2016/2017 will be Thursday, September 8 in the band room at Bert Bowes, 7pm-8pm, and will be every Thursday after that. The cost for the year is $120, or $60/season. New members wanted and encouraged to join always and at anytime!

2017 is a huge year for the City of Fort St. John so our two main seasons will center around City events, with other events scattered in between. Performance opportunities for 2016/2017 include but are not limited to the Santa Clause Parade, CDC Talent Show, PRN Festival, and the city’s Canada Day celebrations.

The first season will be September-December, culminating in the Santa Clause Parade. The band will take a hiatus in the middle of the year December-February to support some of our musicians who are choosing to participate in Stage North’s big project, the Wizard of Oz. Since it is optional and a Stage North project, the cost Wizard of Oz is not included in the Northern Winds fees. Northern Winds will resume as its own entity end of February-July for it’s second season, which will culminate July 1 in the huge 150th anniversary of our amazing country, Canada!

Throughout the year, musicians will work on expanding their musicianship and exploring music by learning and performing a wide variety of styles. Sabrina always tries to incorporate the talents and musical interests of the band when choosing music, and much of the repertoire is driven by desires the members or community have expressed.

Members are expected to:

– Have three years playing experience, or more
– Attend 3 rehearsals per month, minimum (75% attendance)
– Practice at least once per week in addition to the weekly group rehearsal
– Pay the annual $150 membership fee ($120 for 2016/2017 only)
– Help with fundraising efforts
– Sell tickets for major concerts
– Perform in all concerts

We offer a 4 rehearsal trial period before membership dues must be paid. Members will not receive music until fees are paid. In addition, we require that you have played with us for at least 4 rehearsals before you join us in concert. Lastly, if you need to be absent, please notify the director in advance. If you must be absent, you are expected to practice an additional 2 hours (in addition to the already required outside home practice) to make up for the lost rehearsal, and contact your section leader to find out what you have missed.

Members who cannot meet this criteria will have to meet with the director to reassess their commitment to the band.

Sabrina Brooks, B.Ed., M.Ed.

Cell: 250-793-2862

 

Spring Soiree

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The North Peace Community Choir, Northern Winds Community Band and Northern Lights Youth Choir will present Spring Soirée: a celebration of music and community on May 6 at the North Peace Cultural Centre.Soirée defined as “an evening party or gathering, typically in a private house, for conversation or music.” The North Peace Cultural Centre, the touchstone of the arts, is like home to many of the artists in the North Peace region, which is why we choose to celebrate our musical season here.

Music will be diverse in theme and style. Come join us and hear Mozart, Star Trek, Ozzy Osbourne, Gustav Holst, Newfie Folk Songs, original Canadian compositions and more all in one evening, under one roof.
Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for Children/Seniors. Doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7 pm. We encourage you to come early and stay late to converse with Fort St. John’s energetic musicians and music lovers!

Northern Winds Community Band Welcomes New Members

Planning is underway for next season of Northern Winds, and we are welcoming new members for the fall. Players must be 19 or older and have a minimum of three years playing experience – however, it is okay if that experience is not recent! We start the year slow to welcome our new members and it is never too late to dust off an instrument. Please invite anyone you know who may be interested!

The rough plan for next year is to divide the year into three seasons, where we explore and showcase different styles.

Sept-Dec – Jazz (start with the basics, then combo charts, then read from chords/melody)

I am looking forward to this – I think it will be fun!
*Care Home, Company Christmas Parties, Santa Clause Parade, other Christmas events*

Jan-April – Concert Band (lyrical and programmatic written specifically for concert band)

*CDC Talent Show, Festival*

May-June – Pop (Orchestral, TV/Movies, Rock, etc. that the average listener recognizes)

*Private Company Picnics, Bright Nights in June, Canada Day*

The cost is $150/year to cover expenses, and we will continue to rehearse starting the first Thursday in September 2015 through until Canada Day 2016, 7-9 at Bert Bowes Middle School. Interested people can contact Sabrina Brooks 793-2862 or sbrooks@prn.bc.ca, or find us on Facebook: Northern Winds Community Band.