As we approach the end of another school year, there are several local band managers who want to keep the sound of music alive for the students in the band, especially after graduation.
Organizing a community band was underway even before the pandemic of the past two years and spokesman Mark Loewen said now was the right time to make it happen.
“We hear that in Steinbach there are a lot of people asking about it, who have asked about it or there are people who are interested saying, ‘Why didn’t you no community group? I would like to continue playing. ”
Loewen continues, speaking from the perspective of a teacher: “We have always thought that a good marker of success in our programs would be for students to continue to be musicians, not necessarily professional musicians but amateur musicians, after their secondary education. I have heard of many students who drop their instruments or throw their saxophone under the bed and it gathers dust for the next 10 years. Well, I don’t feel good about it. He says, “If we get people into acting after high school, I think that’s a good marker of success for what we’re doing in the first place.
The conductors who will participate in this program come from middle and high schools in southeastern Manitoba. it can’t be an individual show, it has to be a team effort.
Loewen notes, “These people are putting their talents and skills into this and we have a lot of unity and people are on board and they want to contribute to it at that level of leadership.”
Continuing excitedly, Loewen says that because they’re all talented musicians, they’ll be able to have section rehearsals for musicians who are feeling a little rusty, so one of those band managers will lead that band. “We’re going to do some teaching, we’re going to help you get back in shape. We now have plenty of resources to do that. I think we have a pretty winning combination of people who can pull this off. So that’s where the core motivation comes from.
Loewen invites people who currently play an instrument as well as people who wish to play again and have not had the opportunity. “And maybe yeah, they’re hopelessly out of shape and they’ve forgotten their fingerings and stuff, well, we want to help them get back into shape and we’ll do that because it’s part of our mandate.”
So whether you are an adult who loved playing your musical instrument in school but you put it aside or you are a student who wants to continue playing outside of your music programs or even a pupil advanced from college, Loewen says you are welcome to join them. He continues, “And then there’s the high school kid who maybe can’t fit the band into his schedule or maybe he had to drop out of the band for some reason or maybe he wants to. just play more than what is given in class, here is your chance to join the community concert band.
Loewen says there’s really no excuse not to join us, “If somebody feels like they can’t play anymore, or they think ‘I’m not very good anymore, I’m too rusty’, don’t let that be something that keeps you away. Come on anyway and give it a try.
The community orchestra will rehearse one evening per week beginning in mid-September 2022 with concerts scheduled in the future.
Besides SRSS band instructor Mark Loewen, other directors include Toban Janzen (CMS), Markus Goertzen (SMS), Keira Wychnenka (Mitchell MS) and Murray and Crystal Lawrance (local legends).
“We want to create a community of music lovers who want to play quality music together in an orchestra format.” -Mark Loewen
Click the link for more details on the Community Concert Band.