|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 2, 3, 4, 2013 – this is the 7th 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 currently in the process of finalizing the guest directors for this year’s Festival. It should be another outstanding year of music and learning.
Past guest directors have included such notable musicians as Dr. Robert Taylor, Director of Wind Bands at the University of British Columbia, Wayne Jeffrey, Director of Ensembles at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia, Scott Brown, jazz trombonist on faculty at Seattle Schools in Seattle Washington and Alan Matheson, jazz trumpet, piano, arranger & composer on faculty at Vancouver Community College and Capilano College in British Columbia.
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.