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Strike up the bands

More than 200 high school musicians from across Eastern Ontario will descend on the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts on April 18 for the inaugural Dan School Band Festival.

[Isabel Bader Centre for the performing Arts]
The inaugural Dan School Band Festival is being held at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, April 18. (University Communications)

This one-day festival will include concerts, clinics and workshops.

“There is so much talent in the region and we are looking forward to hearing these young people at the festival,” says Julia Brook, Assistant Professor of Music Education. “Throughout the day, participants will have the opportunity to work with the outstanding faculty members and students at the Dan School of Drama and Music.”

Queen’s alumni lead each of the participating bands, including: Canterbury High School (Ottawa), Napanee District Secondary School (Napanee); O’Neill Collegiate and Vocational Institute (Oshawa), Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School (Kingston); and St. Michael Catholic High School (Kemptville).

The festival culminates with a public concert which will feature each of the school bands as well as Queen’s own Tri-Colour Mass Bands. The concert will take place at the Isabel at 7:30 pm.

For more information visit the Dan School of Drama and Music website or follow the festival on Twitter @DanBandFest or SnapChat @DanBandFest.