Its a mouthful, but it is all GOOD NEWS!
I am so excited to announce that the Prairie Percussion Workshop is going to be a part of the Manitoba Band Association family of summer music programs!
The Manitoba Band Association offers Summer Band Camp programs across the province for middle school students. I have worked at these Summer Band Camps for the past 10 years and I can attest to the amazing mix of fun and education that goes on in these exceptional programs. I will continue to coordinate the PPW but registration will be taken over by the MBA. This exciting change comes with some wonderful benefits for current and new PPW attendees. If any student wants to attend both an MBA Summer Band Camp and the MBA Prairie Percussion Workshop they will be eligible for a $50 discount on the combined fees! That’s a long way around to saying that families can get a deal if students want to attend two wonderful summer music events!
I am also delighted that our host for this year’s event will be the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba. The new facilities that are opening up this spring are beautiful. The percussion studio and rehearsal rooms are part of the new construction behind the recently renovated Tache Hall and are at the heart of the U of M campus. Students will have the opportunity to explore and discover the world class facilities at PPW, which is the first public event scheduled in the new construction.
(see here for more details: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/music/662.html)
New Administration and New Facilities are exciting, but the heartbeat of this event is the amazing performers and educators who come to work with students and to share their love for all areas of percussion with them. Plus, I love seeing the looks on every student’s face when they walk into the main rehearsal room and see 4 marimbas, 3 vibraphones, 12 timpani, 6 drum sets and a partridge in a pear tree…
Can’t wait to see you there. Please get in touch with me if you have any questions!