Celebrating Over 40 Years!
The Manitoba Band Association (1977) is a non-profit charitable organization which promotes the growth and development of band in Manitoba through regional and provincial programs and activities.
The organization is supported by a membership base of more than 400 music educators,
music students, community bands, industry partners and others who share its goals.
For more information contact John Balsillie, MBA Executive Director.
Music is an agent of hope. A dynamic and valuable device that helps up to heal and to bring us together. The First Peoples of Canada understood this and used music to reunite, resolve and reconcile. In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that MBA activities take place on Treaty Territory – land that was maintained and earnestly cared for by Indigenous peoples before European settlement. Manitoba is the original lands of Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and is the homeland of the Métis Nation. We acknowledge that Winnipeg benefits daily from Treaty 3 water that comes from Shoal Lake 40. It is with sincere sentiment that we recognize the mistakes of our recent and distant past. In working towards a Canada that benefits us all, we commit to seeking a greater understanding of Canada’s diverse cultural relationships through continued work with Indigenous communities; we commit to live in ways that honour and respect the treaties that were made on these territories; and we commit to stewarding the land in harmony for all who will come after us.
Delivering Quality Programs to our
Members and their Ensembles
With over a dozen awards for MBA participants and members at all levels.
In conjunction with the WSO, a concert takes place each December at the Concert Hall. Carols, Tubas, and a concert.
A full day of clinics and workshops dedicated to community band members learning new repertoire and techniques.
Offering a Junior, Intermediate, & Senior Level Honour Band experience for students up to Grade 12 since 1978!
Held each year leading into the festival season, a Jazz Workshop on various topics ideal for any director working with jazz students. Read More Here.
Two Festivals each April for the developing bands offering Level 1A & 1B. Performances, Clinics, and a band Basics session for each group.
Annual MMEA teacher conference each October encompasses clinics, workshops, MBA AGM and Luncheon, and so much more....
Offering new band directors in theior first few years of teaching a chance to connect with a mentor and the mentorship program and our prelude conference.
Concert Band Festival offered each February at the Winnipeg Convention Centre stages. International adjudicators, concerts, clinics, recordings since 1976.
Jazz Band Festival offered each February & March at the CCFM stage. International adjudicators, concerts, clinics, recordings since 1976.
A summer program for all percussion students in middle and high school. Students attend specialized classes in all areas of concert percussion as well as drum set and world percussion classes.
Dedicated page for regional events, festivals, & honour bands.
Workshops geared for music students in the areas of leadership, responsibility, mentorship and overall individual development.
One of the MBA's longest running events dedicated to chamber and solos performances and clinics. Geared for any age and open to groups up to 6 in number.
Offering six band camps for students entering grades 6-10 each August. St. James, Fort Garry, Elmwood, Garden City, Oakbank, & Dauphin.
U of M Summer Jazz Camp Experience each August is an exceptional jazz experience in Jazz & Improvisation.
Annual awareness and fundraising events held across Manitoba. Participants retain 95% of the proceeds and help connect the community to band programs.