Monday May 25th, 2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the MBA Board and Summer Band Camp Coordinators have made the difficult decision to cancel the MBA Summer Band Camps and the Summer Jazz Camp this year. It is disappointing that the MBA is not able to offer these experiences to students, but the health and safety of our campers, volunteers, and camp staff must remain the MBA's highest priority. Thank you for you patience and understanding as we made this difficult decision.

The MBA would to thank our Camp Coordinators, instructors, and volunteers for the commitment and passion they bring to our camps. We know that band camp is the highlight of the year for many students, and we hope that we are able to provide these amazing experiences again next summer.

The MBA will continue to provide online content for students and teachers over the summer, so please check the MBA e-news, as well as the Online Resources and Key Updates sections of the MBA website regularly for new information.


MBA Summer Band Camps (established 1989) are now offered at six locations. Activities vary from location to location and include some or all of the following: full band rehearsals, sectional instruction, small ensembles, master classes, ear training, rhythm training, sight reading, and a Friday evening public concert. Staff includes a coordinator, guest conductor and instrumental specialists. The student/staff ratio is approximately 8:1.

Elmwood - Fort Garry - Oakbank - Garden City - St. James - Dauphin



MBA Prairie Percussion Workshop (established in 2011 by Victoria Sparks) is a summer program for all percussion students in middle and high school.  Students attend specialized classes in all areas of concert percussion (keyboard, timpani, snare drum, and auxiliary) as well as drum set and world percussion classes.  A performance takes place at the end of the week, of the percussion ensemble groups organized by their levels of experience.  This camp is geared for students in grades 6-12, provided they have one year of musical training.

2020 Band Camp Information - Registration is open now for August 2020 until the first day of camp! 

Those entering grades 5-10 with one or more years of experience on their concert band instrument including: flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, string bass and percussion. Students must provide their own instruments (except percussionists who should bring drum sticks).

When & Where (Sessions run approximately 8:30 am - 3:30 pm)
  Winnipeg – Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute (181 Riverton) - August 9-14  (Sunday session 5-7 PM)
  Winnipeg – Vincent Massey Collegiate (975 Dowker Ave) - August 10-14
  Oakbank – Springfield Middle School (780 Cedar Avenue) -  August 10-14
  Winnipeg – Garden City Collegiate & SOPAC, (711 Jefferson Ave.) - August 17-21
  Winnipeg – St. James Camp (Location TBA) -  August 17-21

  Dauphin – MacKenzie Middle School (212 - 1st Street NE) - August 24-28


2020 Prairie Percussion Workshop -  Registration is open now for August 2020 until the first day of camp!  


Those entering grades 5-12 with one or more years of training in music (not necessarily in percussion). Students should bring any sticks they own, all instruments will be provided.

When & Where (Sessions run approximately 8:30 am - 3:30 pm)

  Winnipeg - University of Manitoba, Desautels Faculty of MusiMAP - August 4-7, 2020


Activities typically include small ensembles, masterclasses and area-specific classes in mallet percussion, snare drum, timpani, drum set, latin percussion and auxiliary percussion. The workshop typically concludes with an afternoon performance on the Friday (the last day of the workshop)


Staff includes a coordinator, several instructors, university student volunteers and guest artists. The student/staff ratio is approximately 8:1.


Programming: Victoria Sparks (204) 226-7426    Visit:



Registration for MBA Summer Band Camps & the Prairie Percussion Workshop!  If a camp is full, you can contact the MBA office to be placed on a waiting list.  Email us at 

Fee (subject to change)         
   $195 if payment is received by June 12, 2020.  
   $220 if payment is received after June 12, 2020.  
   Full refund less $35 until June 12, 2020.     
   Full refund less $65 from June 13-26, 2020.        
   Non-refundable after June 26, 2020.  

The Manitoba Band Association is pleased to offer participants a $50 discount who register for both the Prairie Percussion Workshop and a Summer Band Camp or the Summer Jazz Camp.  Please contact the MBA office to make the needed arrangements to take advantage of this offer.

Registration Form Online Click Here,  then pay by credit card or Paypal or Cheque 

  All participants are asked to complete the on-line registration form.

  There are no paper form options for camp applications this year.

Email John Balsillie or call (204) 663-1226         





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