THE FORT SASKATCHEWAN COMMUNITY BAND-
MAKING MUSIC & FRIENDS FOR 34 YEARS!!
The Fort Saskatchewan Community Band has been a proud part of Fort Saskatchewan arts and culture since 1984!
Band Members range in age and musical abilities, but they all share the enjoyment of making and sharing music with others! They are teenageres through retirees drawn from Fort Saskatchewan and neighbouring communities who play a wide variety of repertoire in the wind ensemble setting.
From September to June, the Band rehearses Thursdays from 7:00 - 9:30 pm on the lower floor of Dr. Turner Lodge, 9422 - 94 ave. in Fort Saskatchewan. New players are welcomed during the 'open house' months of September and January when the group is reading new pieces. Opportunities to join throughout the year are open to those with experience and approval from the Director.
Each season, the Band performs throughout Fort Saskatchewan and area at special events, ceremonies, showcases, trade fairs, facilities and seniors' residences.
Recognized as City of Fort Saskatchewan Ambassadors in 2004, Members proudly carry their community spirit into all performance situations.
The Fort Community Band is recognized as a non-profit volunteer society by the Government of Alberta and a registered charitable organization by Revenue Canada.
FORT SASKATCHEWAN COMMUNITY BAND DIRECTOR
Dr. Guy Palmer
Dr. Guy Palmer has been a musician for the past 60 years and throughout his musical career he has played in numerous jazz, dance, marching, and concert bands. He also played as a clarinetist in the Regina Youth Symphony under the directorship of Mr. Lloyd Blackman. He studied music at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, and then went on to complete an undergraduate degree at Bemidji State University in Minnesota in education and music in 1971. He completed a Master’s Degree at Bemidji State University in 1977 and then completed his Doctorate in Philosophy [Ph.D.] in administration in 1982. Over the years he has frequently performed as a soloist and has taught music as a generalist and band conductor since 1971 at both the elementary and secondary levels of education. More recently he has taught music and conducted senior high school band programs in the Fort Saskatchewan area since 2001. He played as the lead clarinetist for the Fort Saskatchewan Community Band since 2001 and is the lead clarinetist and alto saxophonist for a jazz band entitled “Panache”.
He was born into a musical family farming just north of Regina and consequently music has always’ been a major focal point in his life. He has consistently lived his musical career with the adage that:
“Music is the window to the soul”
What beautiful souls musicians have.