Places to Play

Band May 07

If you have been learning to play an instrument, you might find yourself asking the next obvious question – where can people go to play with a band, orchestra or ensemble?  In this section of our website, you can find information about community bands and orchestras, jam bands, open mic nights, and ensembles that are currently seeking players of various levels.  Many groups are open to people who are still learning music!   We’ll include website links, rehearsal dates, and contact information for each group.  What better reason to learn music than to go forth and play with other people!

Want your community orchestra, band, or ensemble listed on this page? Contact us!

These groups are loosely arranged by location below.

Burnaby:

METROPOLITAN CONCERT BAND
Although this band rehearses in Burnaby, the name of the band is actually derived from the fact that band members are drawn from all areas of “Metropolitan” Vancouver.

Always welcoming to new members who wish to improve their concert band skills while playing in a friendly environment, rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:30 – 9:15 pm, September to June, at Marlborough Elementary School, 6060 Marlborough Avenue, Burnaby.  There is a fee to join, but please check out their website or contact Rick Walkey for more info!

Contact Rick Walkey via email, or phone: 604 925 2513

Delta:


Check out info on all 3 Delta Bands on Delta Arts and Culture website

BRASS, WIND AND WIRE
Brass, Wind and Wire Facebook page

Brass, Wind and Wire is a concert band in Delta that rehearses at Delta Secondary on Wednesday evenings. The group is open to any concert band musician with a minimum of one year of experience on an instrument. The band performs 2-3 concerts each year in December and 3-4 in May/June. Often members of the group will meet outside of rehearsal time to jam and socialize.

Contact Brenda Khoo for more information


ADULT RECREATIONAL BEGINNERS CONCERT BAND
http://www.deltamusicmakers.org/BeginnerBand.html

This program is specifically for adults wishing to learn to play a band instrument. Enrollment is each year in September, entry at other times is upon consultation with the director.  This group meets Wednesday evenings at Delta Secondary.

Contact Brenda Khoo for more information 


Delta Music Makers is a local community concert band, based in Ladner, BC.  They keep a busy schedule and are currently accepting new members.  
 
Please email Director Curt Jantzen via email or phone him directly at 604 946 2309.
 

Newton:
NEWTON MUSIC MAKERS

Newton Music Makers is a free group to join, a group that accepts members who are 55+. Play as little or as much as you like!  Every instrument and every player (any level) is welcome!
 
The Newton Music Makers meet at the Newton Seniors Center every Friday from 1-3 pm.
Call Arnie (604)590-4256 for more information, or come visit these fine folks at the Newton Seniors Center:  13775 – 70 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3W 0E1.

New Westminster:
“WESTIES BAND”
Royal Westminster Regiment Band
The Royal Westminster Regiment Band (brass, wind and percussion) is comprised of 24 volunteer musicians.  Rehearsals are once per week, and perform many times throughout the year.  New members are always welcome.  Flute players and saxophone players are especially encouraged to join!

Please contact Cpl Brian Smith 604-789-1865

ROYAL CITY CONCERT BAND
Otherwise known as the Royal City Alumni Band, this band has been playing in Burnaby since 1987!  Currently led by Peter Wenzek, Royal City plays a number of exciting concerts with interesting repertoire each year.  Check their event listings here!
 
Royal City is always interested in welcoming new members!  Adults and students just finishing secondary school are invited to contact Royal City.  Rehearsals are on Thursdays, from 7:45 pm to 9:45 pm at New Westminster Secondary School Music Room (8th Ave & 8th St, New Westminster).
Please contact Bill Walters, Band President


North Vancouver:

AMBLESIDE ORCHESTRA
http://www.vcn.bc.ca/amble/index.html

Directed by Nicolas Krusek, this popular local Orchestra, comprised of adult and youth players, has a busy schedule of rehearsals and performances, and is welcoming to new players!
 
Currently, Ambleside Orchestra is seeking intermediate-to-advanced amateur violin, viola, cello, and bass players.
 
Check out their website to learn about how to join, or for more information call 604-922-1035 or email Ambleside Orchestra

LYNN VALLEY BLACK BEAR BAND

Located on the North Shore, this band is a community musical society and is open to all adults who play any wind or percussion instrument.  The Black Bear Band rehearses and performs a variety of concert band pieces spanning genres from classical to contemporary, and typically performs 8-10 times publicly per year.  Their season runs Sept-June, with reasonable associated fees: $20/mo adults, $10/mo students.

New members are welcome and are invited to come to a rehearsal and check out the band!  Rehersals are Monday nights, 7:30 pm, Argyle Secondary, North Vancouver.

Please contact Peggy for more information.

 
NORTH SHORE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

The North Shore Chamber Orchestra directed by Charles Inkman, is an amateur string ensemble. The Northshore Chamber Orchestra plays two annual concerts (Christmas & spring) as well as concerts at seniors residences and other public venues.

The orchestra is open to string players of all ages and abilities & is currently seeking new members, especially on double bass.  The rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 in the music room of Sutherland Secondary High School.  

Maple Ridge:

MAPLE RIDGE CONCERT BAND
http://www.mrcb.ca/

The Maple Ridge Concert Band (MRCB) is open to players of any age, from high school students to adults.  MRCB is comprised of three bands: an Adult Beginning Concert Band (ABC Band) for those just beginning or relearning an instrument, an Intermediate Band for adults or students who want to continue improving their instrumental and music reading skills, and a Performance Band for MRCB’s well-seasoned players.

Rehearsals are on Thursdays for both the ABC Band and Intermediate Band, and on Tuesdays for the Performance Band.  Visit MRCB’s excellent and thorough website (mrcb.ca) to learn more about rehearsals and upcoming events for this busy, accomplished band, or email Ed Dumas 


Vancouver:

BROCKHOUSE ORCHESTRA
http://bhorchestra.webs.com/

Brock House Orchestra is a senior’s orchestra, open to musicians 55 or older.   Throughout the year, Brock House Orchestra plays many performances, including private and public performances of classics, show tunes and popular music.

Members meet every Wednesday morning from 10 am to 12 noon at beautiful Brock House, 3825 Point Grey Road, by the water at Jericho Beach.  Newcomers may either drop in at listed rehearsal times or make contact as directed on the website.

Please check out Brock House’s website for more information.


VANCOUVER CONCERT BAND
www.vancouverconcertband.ca

Vancouver Concert Band is an adult community band accepting players of any level without audition.  This band suggests a minimum of 2 years experience but players are welcome to come and try it out!

Vancouver Concert Band is particularly in need of a set drummer, French Horns, a tuba player (or two!), as well as an oboe player (or two!).  Any concert band musicians are welcome, however, as they’ve no restrictions on numbers.

Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 in Vancouver, at Killarney Secondary School, 6454 Killarney Street, Vancouver, BC, V5S 2X7.

Check out the Vancouver Concert Band’s website or drop in to give it a try!


LITTLE MOUNTAIN BRASS BAND
Little Mountain Brass Band website

From their site: Little Mountain Brass Band is a brass band ensemble from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. LMBB is a recreational, non-auditioned band that plays music arranged for British-style brass band. Instrumentation follows British brass band practice, with cornets, flugelhorn, Eb alto (tenor) horns, baritone horns, euphoniums, trombones, basses and percussion. However, the band has at times in the past included F horns and trumpets as well.

Little Mountain Brass Band is currently seeking a percussionist. The members rehearse typically on Thursdays in Vancouver.  Check their website for dates, times and locations.

Please contact Gene H. Chan for information on how to join this great band.


NIGHTSHIFT JAZZ
Nightshift Jazz website

“We play for fun of it, but in a positive setting with a great band leader!” 

NightShift Jazz is a Vancouver BC community Jazz Big Band. Members range in skill from recent high school graduates to advanced amateur players.

Rehearsals are Thursdays at 7:00pm in the new band room at Eric Hamber Secondary school (5025 Willow St, Vancouver BC). Nightshift players will meet for 10 to 15 rehearsals at a time, followed up with 1-3 gigs in various locations. New players are welcome to check us out and or sit in on a rehearsal.  At present, Nightshift is seeking for Trombone & Trumpet players.

Email Lindsay for further info


Please visit www.bandmusic.ca and the BC Band Association website to see a larger list of community concert bands across BC and Canada.  Many of these groups are looking for new members!
Stay tuned…we’ll update this page often!

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