About the Vic Lewis Band Festival

Named to honour a Canmore pioneer who introduced band music to Bow Valley students in the 1940’s...and who taught them for over twenty years...the Vic Lewis International Band Festival has earned a reputation as one of the best non-competitive music festivals in Alberta. Over 800 students in junior high and high school bands perform for adjudicators, participate in workshops, listen to faculty recitals and give public performances during the two days and two nights of the festival. The festival takes place at Canmore Collegiate High and the Canmore Recreation Centre with evening gala performances at The Cornerstone Theatre.

The Beautiful Canadian Rockies come alive with the sound of music every November when the Vic Lewis International Band Festival strikes up the bands! The Sixteenth annual Festival will happen in Canmore November 1, 2, 3, 2013 – this is our 18th year!. Last year more than thirty concert bands, wind ensembles and jazz bands from across Alberta and British Columbia played for some of the finest band directors in North America. 

We are thrilled to wecome our Guest Directors for 2013. Joining us for this year's Festival are Dr. Dale Lonis, President and Founder of Cognitive Conductor Inc; Dr. Mark Hopkins, Associate Professor Music Education, Bands at Acadia University; John Daversa, trumpet player, arranger, composer, producer, bandleader and educator from Los Angeles, California; and Alastair Kay, trombone player, arranger, composer and Head of Brass at Humber College.

2013 Festival Schedule

Saturday, November 2, 2013 - PERFORMANCE

Sunday, November 3, 2013 - PERFORMANCE

Saturday, November 2, 2013 - CLINICS

Sunday, November 3, 2013 - CLINICS

Vic Lewis passed away in 1999 just a few days after the close of the festival. The vibrant music community of the Bow Valley was enlivened over several decades by his many contributions and the sponsors and organizers of the Vic Lewis International Festival are pleased to celebrate his legacy with this event that serves young musicians from across Alberta.

With the valued support of our community and corporate sponsors, we are able to keep the per student registration fee to $40.



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