January 20th is the Manitoba Band Association's Solo & Ensemble Festival. Friday morning we were treated to a performance from two grade seven students from École Regent Park who'l be participating. Missed it? Watch the video here!
Vanessa Nowostawski is a member of the Manitoba Band Association. She is also the band teacher at Winnipeg's École Regent Park. She was joined by her students Baylee Cesmystruk and Grace Vallis who are performing at the festival.
The SOLO & ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL is the MBA's oldest initiative (established 1977). It's an adjudicated non-competitive festival which offers a performance setting for woodwind, brass and percussion players. Each performance slot is 10 minutes long and includes a verbal adjudication. Participants perform as a soloist or in ensembles of up to six members. Participants select the music Music is selected by the participants who then receive written comments and a certificate of participation. The annual festival is held every January in Winnipeg.
This year's festival is Friday, January 20 @ North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church (1315 Gateway Road at Springfield). Public are welcome to attend. It all gets underway just after 9 AM and runs throughout the day.