Program and Expectations
The Cambridge Concert Band is pleased to be offering a Youth Band this fall. We have received a grant from the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation to run a pilot project to determine if there is demand for further extra-curricular music making experiences for high school students. This program will give students the opportunity to meet and work with like-minded peers from other schools and communities. Students will work together under director Jen Mahar to perform a short program during the Cambridge Concert Band’s fall and winter concerts. Jen is a former high school music teacher; she will be assisted by John Singleton, a music education student at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Participants should be ready to work diligently at rehearsal and practice their parts at home. As the band will only be able to rehearse one time per week, it is important that the musicians work on their parts between rehearsals to make group time more productive. As it is a short pilot project, we ask students to commit to the best of their ability for the full 8-10 weeks.
Who can join the youth band?
We are happy to welcome high school students who have experience playing a concert band instrument. (Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Baritone, Tuba, Bass, Percussion/Drums)
When will this program begin?
The band will begin rehearsing in early September 2017. Exact rehearsal times are being finalized, but it will be once per week on Monday evening.
What does participation in the band cost?
This program is being offered for free, with thanks to a grant from the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation.
Can students receive volunteer hours towards their high school diploma for participating in this program?
What do I need to join?
Participants need to have access to their instrument. This means either owning your own or being able to consistently “sign out” an instrument from school. There are also rental options through Long & McQuade.
How do I sign up?
Email CambridgeYouthBand@gmail.com with your name, instrument, and an idea of how long you’ve been playing. This is an open program but registration allows us to be more prepared as we start up.
Jen is a former high school teacher. She graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Music (honours) and received her Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She is passionate about concert band music and has participated in clinics held by world renowned conductors and music educators. She plays a variety of woodwind instruments, specializing in the lower reeds (Baritone Sax, Bass Clarinet, and Bassoon). She also teaches private lessons in piano and music theory.