Red Deer College Symphonic Winds to honour Women of the Baton

“Women of the baton” are being honoured at the first Red Deer College Symphonic Winds concert of the season. There was a time, in the bad, old days, when women didn’t get much of a shake at band leading, except at the elementary school level.

“Women of the baton” are being honoured at the first Red Deer College Symphonic Winds concert of the season.

There was a time, in the bad, old days, when women didn’t get much of a shake at band leading, except at the elementary school level.

Now bands of all kinds are being led by females, as well as males.

“I would say it’s at least a 50 per cent split,” said Steve Sherman, director of the Symphonic Winds, who wanted to recognize the growing contribution of women conductors at a special concert next week.

Sherman won’t be standing at the podium on Thursday at the RDC Arts Centre, even though he took his 55-member college and community band through the whole rehearsal process.

Instead, seven Red Deer-area female band leaders will lead the Symphonic Winds through a varied program.

When Sherman put out a call for women conductors to step forward and participate in the concert, the following responded: Jennifer Mann, leader of the Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School band; Annette Bradley of the Koinonia School band; Diana Bushell, who leads the St. Marguerite Bourgeoys School band in Innisfail; Kerry Heisler of the H. J. Cody School band in Sylvan Lake; Lil Traquair ,who leads elementary school bands for Red Deer Catholic district; Laurie Shapka Thiel, West Park School’s band director; and Val Sherman, who conducts the band at École La Prairie in Red Deer. (The latter is Steve’s wife).

Sherman is very pleased to honour the contributions and talents of these seven women.

“I feel a lot of times that people who are in the trenches, people who spend years and years nurturing students, don’t get recognized enough,” added the RDC music instructor, who has led the Symphonic Winds for the last dozen years. Last year, Sherman held a special concert spotlighting retired Central Alberta band directors.

The program for the Women of the Baton concert will encompass diverse music, including October by Eric Whitacre, English Folk Song Suite, by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Variations on a Korean Folk Song by James Barnes, and an arrangement of the traditional Home on the Range by John Barnes Chance.

Sherman believes there will be tunes to please most every ear.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $19.25 ($16.25 students/seniors) from the Black Knight Ticket Centre.

lmichelin@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Two people die in Rocky-area collision

Rocky Mountain House RCMP investigate

RDC launches week of activities focusing on student mental health

Learners invited to join the discussion at #MakeSomeTimeRDC

Husky Energy walks away from its hostile takeover bid for MEG Energy

CALGARY — Husky Energy Inc. is walking away from its hostile takeover… Continue reading

Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts

LONDON — Facebook said Thursday it removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups… Continue reading

Trudeau says politicians shouldn’t prey on Canadians’ fears

The Prime Minister was speaking at a townhall in Ontario

‘I never said there was no collusion,’ Trump lawyer says

President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he has ‘never said there was no collusion’

Body of Canadian miner found after African kidnapping

Kirk Woodman’s body was discovered 100 kilometres from the site where he worked for Progress Mineral Mining Company in Burkina Faso

Canada’s Conners on his way to full PGA Tour card with fast start to 2019 season

Corey Conners was working on his putting last Friday when fellow Canadian… Continue reading

Canada’s Milos Raonic, Denis Shapovalov advance at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Canada’s Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov have advanced to… Continue reading

Study finds more than half of food produced in Canada wasted

The study released Thursday is the world’s first to measure food waste using data from industry and other sources instead of estimates

AP Exclusive: A peek at how Disney resort shows are made

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — With excitement building over a new “Star… Continue reading

Justin Bieber’s ‘Steps to Stardom’ hometown exhibit makes plans for a book

STRATFORD, Ont. — Justin Bieber’s meteoric rise to pop stardom will be… Continue reading

Snowed-in Austrian nuns insist they’re staying put

Authorities have deployed heavy equipment to clear snow and fallen trees blocking the road to the monastery

Most Read