The 2013 Prairie Brass Band Festival gets started this weekend and will be held at the Third Avenue United Church on April 19 and 20. This is one concert series that is guaranteed to blow. I mean that in the best possible way.
Viennese brass band Mnozil Brass will open up the festival with a concert at the united church on Friday evening at 7:30. Afterwards there will be a “close aftershow” and open jazz jam. Hey, these are awesome.
Saturday is jam packed with jazzy activities including a pair of clinics and rehearsals with professional horn players. There’s also a masterclass in the afternoon, followed by a banquet.
The Gala Concert on Saturday night at 7:30 will feature five separate brass bands from across the prairies.
You can check out the full list of bands and the rest of the schedule below, or on the Saskatoon Brass Band’s website.
Prairie Brass Band Festival Schedule
Friday, April 19
5:30-7:30 p.m. — Brass Band Festival Registration at the Third Avenue United Church
7:30 p.m. — Mnozil Brass Concert. Get tickets here.
10:00 p.m. — Close Mnozil Aftershow social, featuring an Open Jazz Jam
Saturday April, 20
8:00 a.m. — Breakfast
9:00-11:00 a.m. — Introductions & Massed Band Rehearsal
11:00-11:15 a.m. — Break
11:15-12:15 p.m. — Band clinics/rehearsal with soloist*
12:30-1:30 p.m. — Lunch
1:45-2:45 p.m. — Band clinics/rehearsals with soloist*
3:00-4:30 p.m. — Master class (Glyn and Helen – All PBBF Participants)
5:00-6:30 p.m. — Banquet
6:30-7:00 p.m. — Dress, tune, etc.
7:00 p.m. — PBBF Band photo (on stage)
Gala Concert – Saturday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
The Gala Concert will feature five brass bands:
22:30 – Close Aftershow social at Winstons Pub (basement).
*Clinic One – Queen City Brass Band – Glyn Williams (at concert venue) Saskatoon Brass Band – Helen Williams (at alternative space)
*Clinic Two – Mission Hill Brass – Helen Williams (at concert venue) Bridge City Brass Band – Glyn Williams (at alternative space)