Festival City Winds Music Society

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


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History

Festival City Winds came into being in the fall of 1995 when band members approached Alberta College for the use of facilities and invited Wendy Grasdahl to be their conductor. Within a year, there were two full concert bands, Intermediate and Advanced, and Wendy also directed a beginner class which became the core of the Novice Band. In the following year, the beginner class was taught by Eila Peterson, and Wendy conducted all three bands, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced, bringing in Steve Williams as an apprentice conductor with the Intermediate Band. Since then, associate instructors have included Sheryl Bowhay, Jamie Burns, and Taina Lorenz. All the Festival City Winds conductors have maintained a strong educational focus in their work with the bands.

The organization soon became well enough established to apply for non-profit society status. A board of directors was struck and the bands moved to more community-based facilities, with the Advanced Band housed at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Edmonton, the Intermediate Band at McNally High School, the Novice Band at Westlawn Junior High, and the beginner class through Edmonton Publicís Continuing Education department, later to become Metro Community College. It wasnít long before the Novice Band and beginner classes also moved to First Presbyterian Church, with the beginner class run through Festival City Winds rather than an external organization. Because of the Festival City Winds focus on music education through performance, a partnership was established between Festival City Winds Music Society and Concordia University College. This brought the Intermediate Band rehearsals to Concordiaís Tegler Centre, and allowed Concordia students to receive large ensemble credit by playing in one of the bands.

Currently, Wendy Grasdahl, as artistic director and principal conductor, conducts both the Intermediate bands and the Advanced band. Eila Peterson conducts the Novice Band and the beginner class. Now in its 21st season, Festival City Winds Music Society has achieved charitable status and is looking forward to expanding its profile in the Edmonton area. Each year, three chamber workshop recitals are held to showcase soloists and small ensembles from within the membership, and brass and woodwind choirs have participated in special events at First Presbyterian Church. Band performances to date have included: 2 formal concerts per year, plus community league events, joint concerts with other community ensembles, Edmontonís First Night Festival, school concerts, seniorsí homes, City Hall concerts, the Great Human Race, and Canada Day events both in Millwoods and at the Legislative Grounds.

Past Concerts and Events 1995-2016

The Festival City Winds performed its inaugeral concert on December 8, 1995 and has performed regularly ever since.

Below is a list of concerts and events previous to the current season.

Date Event Location
Saturday May 27, 2017
7:30 PM
Spring Concert
All 4 bands performing
Concordia University of Edmonton
April 22, 2017 Ragtime & Riffs
Intermediate Bands Concert
Concordia University of Edmonton
March 18, 2017 Combined Concert: Advanced Band and guests Concordia University of Edmonton
Dec. 3, 2016 Winter Concert Concordia University of Edmonton
May 28, 2016 Spring Concert: Earth Sea & Sky Concordia University of Edmonton
April 16, 2016 Invitation to the Dance
Combined Concert : Intermediate Bands I and II
Concordia University of Edmonton
March 12, 2016 Masquerade
Combined Concert: Advanced Band and guests
Concordia University of Edmonton
Dec. 5, 2015 Winter Concert Concordia University of Edmonton
May 23, 2015 Spring Concert Concordia University College
April 18, 2015 Combined Concert : Intermediate Bands I and II Concordia University College
March 14, 2015 Combined Concert: Advanced Band
First Presbyterian Church Choir
First Presbyterian Church
Dec. 6, 2014 Winter Concert Concordia University College
May 24, 2014 Spring Concert Concordia University College
March 15, 2014 Advanced Band Concert
First Presbyterian Church
Dec. 7, 2013 Winter Concert Concordia University College
May 25, 2013 Spring Concert Concordia University College
April 13, 2013 Combined Concert : Intermediate Bands I and II
Guest Saxophonists : Soloist; Alto Sax Trio; U of A Sax Quartet
Concordia University College
March 16, 2013 Combined Concert : Advanced Band
Guest Soloist Chris Miller, Trombone
First Presbyterian Church
Dec. 8, 2012 Winter Concert Concordia University College
October 28, 2012 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
May 26, 2012 Spring Concert Concordia University College
May 6, 2012 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
April 14, 2012 Combined Concert
Intermediate I Band and
The Edmonton Fackbone Express
Concordia University College
March 24, 2012 Combined Concert
Advanced Band and
The Concordia Community Choir
special guest soloist: Stephen Stone
Concordia University College
March 11, 2012 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
Dec. 10, 2011 Winter Concert Concordia University College
July 1, 2011 Combined Band Performance
Canada Day Celebrations
Alberta Legislature Grounds
May 28, 2011 Spring Concert Concordia University College
April 9, 2011 Jubiloso ! Bells of Concordia with FCW Intermediate Band Concordia University College
March 12, 2011 Advanced Band Concert Concordia University College
Dec. 11, 2010 Winter Concert Concordia University College
July 1, 2010 Combined Band Performance
Canada Day Celebrations
Alberta Legislature Grounds
May 29, 2010 Spring Concert Concordia University College
Apr. 29, 2010
7:30 PM
Combined Charity Concert
FCW Intermediate Band
All City Honor Band
Oscar Romero High School
Mar. 13, 2010
7:30 PM
Combined Concert
FCW Advanced Band
Jubiloso Handbell Choir
Guest Artists :
Dr Po-Yuan Ku, alto saxophone
Paul Buckingham, tuba
Concordia University College
Dec. 12, 2009 Winter Concert Concordia University College
July 1, 2009 Combined Band Performance
Canada Day Celebrations
Alberta Legislature Grounds
May 23, 2009 Spring Concert Convocation Hall
May 3, 2009 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
Mar. 14, 2009 Joint Concert:
Advanced band/Concordia Concert Choir
Featured Soloist: Frank Martens, Clarinet
Tegler Center
Concordia University College
Mar. 8, 2009 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
Dec. 6, 2008 Winter Concert Convocation Hall
Nov. 16, 2008 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
July 1, 2008 Combined Band Performance
Canada Day Celebrations
Alberta Legislature Grounds
May 24, 2008 Spring Concert Convocation Hall
May 4, 2008 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
Mar. 8, 2008 Joint Concert:
Advanced band/University of Alberta Concert Band
Featured Soloist: Rick Rango, Trumpet
Tegler Center
Concordia University College
Mar. 2, 2008 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
Dec. 8, 2007 Winter Concert Convocation Hall
July 1, 2007 Combined Band Performance
Canada Day Celebrations
Alberta Legislative Grounds
May 26, 2007 Spring Concert Convocation Hall
May 6, 2007 Chamber Workshop Recital Concordia University College
Apr. 7, 2007 Joint Concert:
Advanced band/Saskatoon Youth Orchestra
Featuring Rhapsody in Blue
Soloist: Dr. Ping-Shan Liao
Tegler Center
Concordia University College
Mar. 11, 2007 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
Mar. 10, 2007 Intermediate Band performs in a fundraiser for the Mustard Seed Church West End Christian Reformed Church
Dec. 9, 2006 Winter Concert First Presbyterian Church
Nov. 19, 2006 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
Oct. 2006 Joint Concert:
Int. & Adv. Bands/Ritchie Trombone Choir
City Hall, Edmonton
July 1, 2006 Combined Band Performance
Canada Day Celebrations
Alberta Legislative Grounds
May 27, 2006 Spring Concert Convocation Hall
Apr. 2006 Advanced Band/Concordia Community Chorus Ellerslie Rd. Baptist Church
Dec. 10, 2005 Winter Concert Convocation Hall
May 28, 2005 Spring Concert Convocation Hall
Apr. 17, 2005 Community Band Festival Winspear Centre
Dec. 4, 2004 Winter Concert Convocation Hall
July 1, 2004 Combined Band Performance
Canada Day Celebrations
Alberta Legislative Grounds
May 30, 2004 Spring Concert Convocation Hall
May 2, 2004 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
Apr. 13, 2004 Novice Band Concert Laurier House (Seniors Care Facility)
Sherwood Park
Mar. 11, 2004 Intermediate Band Concert Rio Terrace Elementary School
Dec. 14, 2003 Winter Concert Convocation Hall
Nov. 2, 2003 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
Oct. 19, 2003 Joint Concert:
Advanced Band/Ritchie Trombone Choir
(Malcolm Forsyth, conductor)
City Hall, Edmonton
July 1, 2003 Combined Band Performance
Canada Day Celebrations
Alberta Legislative Grounds
May 25, 2003 Spring Concert Convocation Hall
May 10, 2003 Intermediate and Advanced Combined Band performed for the kick off to the Great Human Race Butterdome
University of Alberta
May 4, 2003 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
Apr. 20, 2003 Brass Choir performed for the Easter Service First Presbyterian Church
Mar. 9, 2003 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
Dec. 15, 2002 Winter Concert Convocation Hall
Nov. 3, 2002 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
Aug. 27, 2002 Combined Band performed for the St. Johnís Music New Music Reading Clinic.
July 1, 2002 Combined Band Performance
Canada Day Celebrations
Alberta Legislative Grounds
May 26, 2002 Spring Concert Convocation Hall
May 5, 2002 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
Mar. 31, 2002 Brass Choir performed for the Easter Service First Presbyterian Church
Mar. 3, 2002 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
Dec. 9, 2001 Winter Concert Convocation Hall
Oct. 28, 2001 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
June 3, 2001 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
May 27, 2001 Spring Concert Convocation Hall
Apr. 15, 2001 Brass Choir performed for the Easter Service First Presbyterian Church
Mar. 18, 2001 Novice and Intermediate bands collaborated to perform with other local bands. Festival Place
Sherwood Park
Mar. 11, 2001 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
Dec. 17, 2000 Winter Concert Convocation Hall
Nov. 25 , 2000 Brass and Woodwind Choirs performed with the St. Albert Singers and the First Presbyterian Church Choir. First Presbyterian Church
Nov. 5, 2000 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
Oct. 14, 2000 Combined band performed as part of the Alberta Music Conference. Winspear Centre
July 1, 2000 Combined Band Performance
Canada Day Celebrations
Alberta Legislative Grounds
June 7, 2000 A Fanfare of Great Music: featuring the Sussex Brass from Hastings, England, and Festival City Winds, together on the stage. Winspear Centre
June 4, 2000 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
May 28, 2000 Spring Concert McDougall United Church
Apr. 23, 2000 Brass Choir performed for the Easter Service First Presbyterian Church
Apr. 16, 2000 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
Apr. 5, 2000 Combined band performance in support of Prospects Literacy Society 20th anniversary celebrations Edmonton City Hall
Feb. 20, 2000 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
Dec. 12, 1999 Winter Concert McDougall United Church
Nov. 14, 1999 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
July 7, 1999 Summer band noon-hour concert First Presbyterian Church
June 12, 1999 Summer band in the park, Twin Parks Community League Fun Days
June 6, 1999 Chamber Workshop Recital First Presbyterian Church
May 28, 1999 Spring Concert McDougall United Church
Apr. 18, 1999 Chamber Workshop Recital PCL Hall, Alberta college
Apr. 10, 1999 Combined bands performed for the NAIT convocation Shaw Convention Centre
Apr. 10, 1999 Combined bands performed in a joint concert with The New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia, and the Camrose Community Band. Festival Place, Sherwood Park, Alberta
Feb. 23, 1999 The Tuesday Band performed a joint concert with the band students at Living Waters Christian Academy. Spruce Grove, Alberta
Dec. 11, 1998 Winter Concert McDougall United Church
Nov. 8, 1998 Chamber Workshop Recital PCL Hall, Alberta college
July 1, 1998 The combined bands performed at the Millwoods Community Canada Day celebrations.
June 7, 1998 Chamber Workshop Recital PCL Hall, Alberta college
June 1, 1998 The combined bands performed at the Rainbow Society's annual Fun Run University of Alberta grounds
May 29, 1998 Spring Concert McDougall United Church
May 7, 1998 The Thursday band played a community outreach concert at Living Waters Christian Academy. Spruce Grove, Alberta
Apr. 19, 1998 Chamber Workshop Recital PCL Hall, Alberta college
Mar. 1, 1998 Wednesday and Thursday bands performed in a joint concert with the St. Albert Community Band and the Edmonton Wind Sinfonia. Festival Place, Sherwood Park, AB
Feb. 15, 1998 Chamber Workshop Recital PCL Hall, Alberta college
Dec. 31, 1997 Edmonton's First Night Festival. The combined band performs two short concerts and conducts the "Instrument Petting Zoo". Happy New Year! Canada Place, Edmonton
Dec. 12, 1997 Winter Concert Eva O. Howard Auditorium
Victoria Composite High School
Dec. 7, 1997 Wednesday band performs for a fund-raising event for the care of terminally ill patients and their primary caregivers. Pilgrim's Hospice
Nov. 2, 1997 Chamber Workshop Recital PCL Hall, Alberta college
June 8, 1997 Chamber Workshop Recital PCL Hall, Alberta college
June 1, 1997 The combined bands performed at the Rainbow Society's annual Fun Run University of Alberta grounds
May 30, 1997 Spring Concert Muttart Hall, Alberta College
Mar. 9, 1997 Chamber Workshop Recital Alberta college
Feb. 23, 1997 Wednesday band performed in a joint concert with the St. Albert Community Band and the Edmonton Wind Sinfonia. Festival Place, Sherwood Park, AB
Feb. 22, 1997 The combined bands performed at the Junior Achievement fund-raising dinner. The guest speaker for this event was Lady Margaret Thatcher. Northlands Coliseum
Dec. 31, 1996 Edmonton's First Night Festival. The combined bands performed and conducted the "Instrument Petting Zoo" throughout the evening.
Dec. 8, 1996 Wednesday band performs for a fund-raising event for the care of terminally ill patients and their primary caregivers. Pilgrim's Hospice
Dec. 6, 1996 Winter Concert. Guest soloist with Thursday band was trumpeter Steve Williams. Muttart Hall, Alberta College
May 31, 1996 Spring Concert Muttart Hall, Alberta College
Dec. 8, 1995 Winter Concert(Inaugural Concert) Muttart Hall, Alberta College

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