Community Bands

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Have you ever played in a band and wished you could pick up your instrument again? Do you have kids currently involved in band and would like the opportunity for them to get extra play in OR would you enjoy playing music with them? Then this is the program for you!

It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve played, how many years ago you played your instrument or what level you are at. The opportunity to have fun and enjoy making music with others is a rewarding experience.


Our Community Concert Band is a program for musicians 14+ who have performed on woodwind, brass and percussion instruments and would like the opportunity to develop those music skills in a dynamic setting.

Concert Band (Ages 14+)
TUESDAYS from 7:30-9:00pm
Fall Start Date: Tuesday September 21
Winter/Spring Start Date: Tuesday January 4
Instructed and led by James de Sousa

James de Sousa bio coming soon!

Our Community Jazz Band is a program for musicians 16+ who have performed on woodwind, keyboard, brass and percussion instruments and would like the opportunity to develop those music skills in a dynamic setting.

In Community Jazz Band, participants will perform a variety of classic jazz standards in the form of published charts, “Real Book” lead sheets and personal arrangements.

Students will develop both reading and phrasing in a jazz style and have the opportunity to improvise solos.
The instructor encourages a love of the jazz style in the classes and some time and attention is spent listening to, and appreciating jazz music!
Everyone is included (brass, woodwinds and rhythm section instruments)!

Jazz Band (Ages 16+)
WEDNESDAYS from 7:30-9:00pm
Fall Start Date: Wednesday September 22
Winter/Spring Start Date: Wednesday January 5
Instructed and led by Daniel Gillies
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Dan Gillies is a freelance musician, guitarist, music director and music teacher who makes his home in Fort McMurray, AB.
As a working musician for over a decade, Dan has a resume of diverse proportions. With a background in jazz, one can find him performing in an ensemble at a black-tie event – and with an alluring archtop! As a country guitar aficionado, he can be caught onstage at country music events with a killer band!
As a writer, one can read his columns or guitar reviews in Canadian Musician Magazine.
Dan Gillies is also a sought-after Instructor with tremendous experience teaching private lessons and running workshops. Currently, Dan directs the Fort McMurray Community Jazz Band, and is the Music Teacher at Composite High School. In addition to this, Dan offers private lessons from his studio in the Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre.
Dan holds a Jazz Performance Diploma from Grant MacEwan University; as well as a Music Diploma with a Major in Classical Guitar
Connect with Dan on social media and at:

Can’t decide between the two bands? JOIN BOTH! 


Fee Type Payment 1
(Due upon registration)
Payment 2
(Due January, 2020)
Concert Band-Adult (18+) $100.00 + GST $100.00 + GST
Concert Band-Student (14-17) $50.00 + GST $50.00 + GST
Jazz Band-Adult (18+) $100.00 + GST $100.00 + GST
Jazz Band-Student (16-17) $50.00 + GST $50.00 + GST
Both Bands-Adult (18+) $150.00 + GST $150.00 + GST
Both Bands-Student (16-17) $75.00 + GST $75.00 + GST
Band Schedule 
MonthConcert Band DatesJazz Band Dates
September21, 2822, 29
October5, 12, 19, 266, 13, 20, 27
November2, 9, 16, 23, 303, 10, 17, 24
December7, 141, 8, 15
January4, 11, 18, 255, 12, 19, 26
February1, 8, 15, 222, 9, 16, 23
March 8, 15, 22, 299, 16, 23, 30
April5, 19, 266, 20, 27
May3, 10, 17, 24, 314, 11, 18, 25
June7, 14, 211, 8, 15, 22