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!
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These groups are loosely arranged by location below.
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
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
Royal Westminster Regiment 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.
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 CONCERT BAND
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
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
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 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 Max Todd for further info.