Fraser Linklater is now retired from the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba,

where he directed the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Chamber Winds and taught courses

in music education from 1999 to 2016.


At the provincial level, Dr. Linklater served on the Executive Board of the Manitoba Band

Association for almost two decades and coordinated all three levels of the MBA Honour Band

program.  In October 2002, he received the MBA Award of Distinction for his services to music 

education in Manitoba.

Nationally, Dr. Linklater is an assistant editor of Canadian Winds, the national journal of the Canadian Band Association.  Over the past decade, Dr. Linklater has contributed over twenty articles to this journal.   An authority on Canadian wind band repertoire, in addition to his writing on the topic Dr. Linklater founded the North Winds recording project, which has resulted in five CDs of Canadian band music featuring over eighty pieces, most of them never recorded before.  In October 2014, Dr. Linklater was presented with the 2014 National Band Award by the Canadian Band Association, in recognition of outstanding contribution to band at the educational, community and professional level in Canada. 


For almost a decade, Fraser Linklater was co-director (with Dale Lonis) of the Canadian Wind Conductors Development Program, an international conducting and instrumental music education summer workshop.  In May 2006 Dr. Linklater was the guest conductor of the National Youth Band of Canada and has also guest conducted wind groups several times at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival.   


During his time at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Linklater created almost twenty transcriptions of orchestral works for wind band, many of which he conducted with the U of M Wind Ensemble.  More recently he has branched out into composition, and has produced several works for wind band using famous composers as both an inspiration and a point of departure.  Dr. Linklater lives in Winnipeg with his wife Joan and enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.  

Dr. Linklater has worked on creating the following resources below for Band Directors over time as a set of useful tools for band development.  He has graciously donated them to the MBA to host in this on-line format, so they can be easy to access, simple to use & download, and in the hopes you might explore them all over time.  There are hundreds of files in folders and below one can find headings, lists, and links to these folders.  We encourage you to explore them all as you have need and time.  Fraser would rather have them available to all and has asked that if you use some or all of the items and resources that you consider making a donation to the Remembering Ken Epp PD Fund at the Winnipeg Foundation in lieu of purchasing these resources.  This means one could donate as they see fit under this honour system, and/or consider donating annually to the fund.  The denomination is left to each individual donor.

Here are the categories of the resources.  Please click on the category of interest and it will take you down the page to that section and there you will see the resources listed under that heading.  Each heading below, when clicked, will open an online folder with the selections, instructions, parts, and more.  We encourage you to explore the prefaces and introductions in the folders first.  Some folders have sub folders in order to better sort all the titles and parts, score, and other files.  Some recordings for those selections can also be found in their respective folders.  Enjoy exploring these resources.  


If you have a question for Dr. Linklater, please email him directly.




Folk Songs & Canons for Band

Christmas Carols

Lyric Studies

Repertoire Material for Grade I, II, III

Repertoire Material for Grade IV, V, VI

North Winds Book & CD Material

Established in 2016 by the MBA, the fund supports the Ken Epp Professional Development Award - "Ken Epp was the Executive Director for the Manitoba Band Association from 1986 to 2014, and had a profound impact on band and music education in Manitoba and across Canada.  This first award presented in 2017, is for a young teacher in their first few years of band instruction in Manitoba.


Donation.  The endowment fund is held at the Winnipeg Foundation and there are two ways to contribute to the fund. Either on-line directly with the foundation or by sending a cheque made payable to the Manitoba Band Association office and marking it for the Ken Epp Fund.


All Around the Circle *NEW

Piazza di Venice *NEW

IFS Light *NEW

Hey, Ho! *NEW

Quebec Meets Liverpool *NEW

Bird in Flight

Coming Unraveled *NEW

Russian Winter *NEW

Magic Mountain *NEW

Wind from the East *NEW

What was the Question? *NEW

Bridge of Sighs

Variations Pathétique

En Roulant! *NEW

Hallelujah! *NEW

Soviet Circus

Lollipop Suite

Wind Symphonies *NEW

Russian Rhapsody

Wind Rites

Prairie Spring *NEW

Mercury Rising *NEW

Musician Français

Bayreuth Festspiel



Bach, Little Prelude

Bartok, Concerto for Orchestra

Berg, Wozzeck

Brahms, A Classical Romantic

Chatman, Fanfare for a Cold Land

de Falla, Three-Cornered Hat

Dvorak, Slavonic Dances

Grovlez, Petite Litanie

Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis

Janacek, Sinfonietta

Kodaly, Hary Janos Suite

Mahler, A Mahler Portrait

Mahler, Das Knaben Wunderhorn

McPhee, Tabuh-Tabuhan, movement I

Mozart, String Quintet

Prokofiev, Alexander Nevsky

Prokofiev, Lt. Kije

Ravel, Rapsodie Espagnol

Schubert, Moment Musicale

Turner, Opening Night


Abide With Me


Circles of 4ths


Four Bach Chorales

Irish Tune

Jesus, Joy

Mahler Chorale

O Sacred Head

Ye Banks and Braes


40 Folk Songs From Canada

40 Folk Songs From Europe

40 Folk Songs From Around the World

20 Canons for Band


1 - The First Noel

2 - Little Town of Bethlehem

3 - O Come, All Ye Faithful

4 - Hark the Herald Angels Sing

5 - O Come, O Come Emmanuel

6 - Away in a Manger

7 - Deck the Halls

8 - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

9 - Joy to the World

10 - While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

11 - Silent Night

12 - Angels We Have Heard on High

13 - Huron Carol

14 - Frosty the Snowman

15 - Rudolph / Let It Snow

16 - Winter Wonderland


Lyric Study #1

Lyric Study #2

Lyric Study #3

Lyric Study #4

Lyric Study #5

Lyric Study #6

Lyric Study #7

Lyric Study #8  

Lyric Study #9

Lyric Study #10

Lyric Study #11

Lyric Study #12a (key of Ab major)

Lyric Study #12b (key of A major)

Lyric Study #13a (key of Bb major)

Lyric Study #13a (key of Ab major)

Lyric Study #14

Lyric Study #15


Brother James’ Air

Country Wildflowers

Courtly Airs and Dances

Donkey Riding

Fire Dance

French-Canadian Suite

Lux Aurumque

March of the Irish Guard

Marching Grenadiers

Peer Gynt Suite

Rowan Tree, The

Russian Sailors’ Dance

She’s Like the Swallow

Simple Gifts

Suite in a Minor Mode

Three Ayres from Gloucester

Three Folk Miniatures

Two Sierra Moods

Washington Post, The

Yorkshire Ballad


Arnold, Four Scottish Dances


Bennett, Old American Dances

Bernstein, Candide Overture

Bernstein, Symphonic Dances

Cable, Banks of Newfoundland

de Meij, Gandalf

Gorb, Yiddish Dances

Grainger, Children's March

Grainger, Colonial Song

Grainger, Irish Tune from County Derry

Grainger, Lincolnshire Posy

Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis

Holst, First Suite in Eb

Holst, Second Suite in F

Jacob, William Byrd Suite

Mennin, Canzona

Milhaud, Suite Français


Reed, Armenian Dances, part I

Reed, El Camino Real

Reed, Hounds of Spring

Reed, La Fiesta Mexicana

Susato/Dunnigan, Danserye

Van der Roost, Puszta

Vaughan Williams, Folk Song Suite

Vaughan Williams, Toccata Marziale

Wagner, Elsa's Procession


Book Material

CDs' List and Resources

Index Reference

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