Rehearsal Times

Tuesday Evenings: 7:00 - 9:00pm ..... Community Band
Thursday Evenings: 7:30 - 9:30pm ..... Jazz Band
PK Band Room

    The SACB Calendar begins the first Tuesday after the September long weekend and runs through to our June concert. We break for Christmas, and Spring Break. We perform in a variety of venues in the Edmonton and St. Albert areas, including; the Winspear Centre, Arden Theatre, Red Deer International Band Festival, Festival Place in Sherwood Park, Yardbird Suite, the Provincial Museum and in conjunction with a variety of school music programs.

History

    St. Albert Community Band began in 1970. Band membership has grown in the past 39 years and currently stands at over 70 players. Members are from all walks of life and range in age from teens to retirees, truly reflecting the bandís motto: Music is for Life!

    Over the years, the band has served the community through performances in schools, hospitals, seniorsí homes, and parks in addition to the annual Christmas and Spring concerts.

    Full band workshops and sectional clinics with guest conductors have been a vital part of the bandís growing level of competence. The band has participated in the Alberta Band Association Music Festival, Music Fest Canada, and the Northern Alberta Music Festival. On occasion, the band has gone on tour. Destinations have included Oregon, Victoria, Banff, Jasper, and Medicine Hat.

    Recordings were made to celebrate the bandís 25th and 30th anniversaries. The bandís 35th anniversary, and Albertaís 100th anniversary, was marked with a special concert hosted by St. Albert Community Band at Winspear Centre. Centennial Celebration of Community Bands included guest bands from Edmonton, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Okotoks, and Camrose. A recording was made of the event.

    A highlight in the bandís history, and of its 35th anniversary, was performing for HRH Queen Elizabeth II on the grounds of the provincial museum.

    A variety of conductors have led the St. Albert Community Band. Dr. Angela Schroeder is the music director for the current season. †Dr. Schroeder, an accomplished trumpet player, is currently Assistant Professor of Music in the Department of Music of the University of Alberta. She is the Director of Bands, the area coordinator for the Winds and Percussion, and conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Concert Band. She also teaches courses in conducting and wind band education, and works with†Graduate students in Wind Band conducting.

    In addition to the concert band, St. Albert Community Band formed a jazz band in 1985. As well as performing at the Christmas and Spring concerts, this band has participated in Edmonton Jazz City and performed at Yardbird Suite. As with the concert band, guest clinicians and workshops have been an important part of the jazz bandís development.

     J-F Picard is the conductor of the Saint City Big Band for the current season. He recently retired from the military band after 29 years of service, and was the conductor of various ensembles in the Canadian forces such the Jazz Band, The Jazz Quintet and the Show Band with the Central Band of The Canadian Forces in Ottawa. He is also a professional musician and has played with various group in town like River City Big Band and The Edmonton Symphony and has done studio work for various artists. J-F was also a saxophone teacher at GMAC from 2003 though 2009. He started conducting the Saint City Big Band in 2014 and the conductor of the Gateway Big Band from 2004-2009 and for the 2015/16 season. He is presently finishing a certificate at Berklee College in Jazz Arranging and is also studying Human Resources with T…LUQ University.

Our Motto

Music is for Life!

Other Info

Past Conductors