Four-day event to bring 3,000 students from three provinces to Moose Jaw
The Peacock Collegiate Senior Concert Band works
with clinician TaniaMarie Cooper on Monday during
the 68th annual Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival.
By Lisa Goudy
When TaniaMarie Cooper was eight years old, she played in the 1977 Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival for the first time. She went every following year for the next 10 years with the Regina Lions Club.
This week she is back in Moose Jaw for the festival’s 68th instalment, only this time she’s here as an adjudicator from Okotoks, Alta. The festival began Monday and runs until Thursday.
“This was my first festival when I was growing up,” she said. “It’s a wonderful festival. I love the part that it’s non-competitive, that we get a chance to work with the kids. It’s just exciting to see music still so vibrant in Saskatchewan.”
The annual festival features 76 bands and 18 choirs from Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba and eight clinicians. Sharon Penner, event co-ordinator, said she anticipated the event to draw more than 3,000 students to the city.