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.
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.
Offering a Junior, Intermediate, & Senior Level Honour Band experience for students up to Grade 12 since 1978!
A concert takes place each December, Joy Tuba World!
An opportunity for students to receive online coaching, and win a free lesson!
A variable amount subsidy to help band programs and community bands adapt to new ways of delivering music.
An informal weekly meetup for band teachers to connect and reflect with each other, hosted by Janet Yochim and Bill Kristjanson.
Open to all levels, sizes, and types of ensembles, this format will allow participants to choose a date and format that works for them.