About 7,000 members of student bands will compete at the annual Alberta Band Association Festival of Bands at Red Deer College. File photo by BLACK PRESS staff

Festival of Bands expected to have positive economic impact in Red Deer

The Alberta Band Association Festival of the Bands is expected to bring a positive economic impact to Red Deer.

About 7,000 junior, senior and community band students from across Western Canada will compete in the event, which runs Monday to Thursday and May 21 to 24.

With friends and families travelling to the city to provide support, more than 10,000 visitors are expected to come to Red Deer because of the event.

“An event of this magnitude really brings a substantially positive impact to our community,” said Reg Warkentin, Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce policy and advocacy manager.

“Anytime you’re attracting people to the community for any reason, I think it’s a huge win for our hospitality sector in particular. Inevitably, these visitors will end up shopping, buying gas.”

Kimberley Denis, Alberta Band Association managing director, said some visitors will only pass through the city, but many will stay in Red Deer hotels.

Having the event in Red Deer makes the city a “destination” for concert band musicians, Denis added.

“We’ve had the festival for so many years in Red Deer that it’s just assumed this is where it’ll be.

“People associate concert band with things like the summer music band camp at Red Deer College and the Festival of Bands. This is the forefront location for activities of that sort,” she said.

Denis said RDC is a perfect location for the Festival of Bands.

“Every band will have about two hours where they’re in motion, and we use the entire Red Deer College Arts Centre. They perform on stage, there’s a place to hold their instruments … they’ve got a warmup space,” said Denis.

Adjudicators, educators and clinicians from across Canada and the United States will judge this year’s festival.

These judges will “provide (students) with a different perspective with the music they’re playing and a learning opportunity to further their musical education and musical growth,” said Denis.

The public is invited to attend the free performances on RDC’s main campus from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Red Deer stamp-collecting event a hit, local club expected to start in fall

Postage stamp-loving Red Deerians can expect to have a place to gather… Continue reading

Red Deer woman one of three arrested by Sundre RCMP

The 19-year-old had numerous arrest warrants out of various jurisdictions

Businessman and volunteer named 2019 Citizen of the Year

John Donald’s parents and sister were each honoured previously

School leader named Red Deer Young Citizen of the Year

Leading by example at Hunting Hills High School

Suspects shot at pursuing police during crime spree

No police officers were injured in May 17 shooting

WATCH: Sunnybrook Farm Museum in Red Deer welcomes spring

Sunnybrook Farm Museum is celebrating spring in Red Deer. On Saturday, the… Continue reading

Cast your votes for the Best of Red Deer

Nominations for the Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are officially… Continue reading

Stan Lee’s former manager arrested on elder abuse charges

LOS ANGELES — A former business manager of Stan Lee has been… Continue reading

BCUC sets out process for gas and diesel price inquiry, set to wrap Aug. 30

VANCOUVER — The British Columbia Utilities Commission says it has set out… Continue reading

2 hikers rescued after darkness sets in on trail near Cypress Mountain

North Shore Rescue says it rescued two hikers caught in the darkness… Continue reading

Canada beats Czech Republic to advance to gold-medal game at world championship

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Canada’s latest win at the world hockey championship left… Continue reading

Rimouski forward Lafreniere, Prince Albert goaltender Scott earn CHL awards

HALIFAX — Rimouski Oceanic star Alexis Lafreniere has been named the Canadian… Continue reading

10 wounded as gunmen open fire outside New Jersey bar

TRENTON, N.J. — Authorities say at least two gunmen fired into a… Continue reading

Mississippi rep accused of punching wife issues statement

JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi lawmaker accused of recently punching his wife… Continue reading

Most Read