Who are we?
We are a not for profit, charitable organization that brings the community together to enjoy rehearsing and performing concert band music. We meet weekly, from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the Crescent Heights High School Band Room. All members of the community who wish to participate are welcome to join. There is a band for every level of player.
In 1982 a group of musicians got together to play brass choir music: they were called the Medicine Hat Brass Guild. Everyone had such a good time, it was realized local woodwind players and percussionists should be invited to join. The resulting Concert Band had its first rehearsal in early spring 1984. A Band Association was formed soon after and for many years operated within the Medicine Hat Symphonic Society.
To encourage a lifetime passion for concert band by supporting local musicians and inspiring community through the joy of music creation and performance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can join?
You can! We welcome all members of the community who wish to participate. There is a band for every player - choose the one that best fits your skill level.
What is the difference between the Andante and the Allegro bands?
The Andante band is meant for those who are considered beginner or intermediate players (music level 2-3), whereas the Allegro band is geared for more advanced players (music level 3-5).
What if I don't have an instrument?
We have some instruments for loan at a cost of $75/year, and a limited budget to purchase more.
What if I can't remember how to play?
You'd be surprised what you will be able to remember! Come out and give it a try. There is lots of support available from other band members.
What sort of music do you play?
We play all sorts, from marching band to classical to big band to folk and more.
Where do you meet?
At the Crescent Heights High School Band room (map). Entrance to the band room is located at the back of the high school, across from the Medicine Hat Rotary track. Parking is available at the back of the school.
When are rehearsals?
Once a week from 7:30 to 9:30 pm during the school year (we break for the summer). The Andante band meets on Mondays and the Allegro band meets on Tuesdays.
How many times a year do you hold concerts?
Several times a year, depending on band member availability. We usually hold a spring and winter concert at the Esplanade, play Music in the Park during Stampede Week, Remembrance Day, etc.
Are there membership dues?
Yes. Please click here for more information.