Band Notes

Can you slow the music down just a tad?

Yes we can slow it down! While you are learning to play a piece of music with your Youtube backup band you can adjust the playback speed to slow, slower and slowest.

For the music that plays from a YouTube Video look at the bottom bar of the YouTube display screen. There is a place for you to play and stop. There is also a volume and time remaining display. Move over to the right, and see that? There is also a Settings cog.

In the News

A community band made up of members of all ages from across the Maritimes is performing for the world this week in Pamplona, Spain.

Sean Patrick Young

The Maritime Community Band is a one-time-only group that has come together just for the cross-Atlantic trip.

Rowan FitzGerald is a retired music educator from P.E.I. who is playing alto saxophone with the band while in Spain. When he is on the Island, he is one of three co-conductors of the Second Chances Band, which has a mandate to give adults another chance to learn an instrument.

The Maritime Community Band includes members of the Second Chances Bands in Charlottetown, Fredericton and Halifax and two other P.E.I. bands.

Second Chances Band P.E.I. offers adults an opportunity to relive their band-playing youth or to experience an instrument for the first time

The third time may be a charm, but for some musically inclined minds who missed their first band playing opportunity as a teen or want to revisit that earnest era, there’s the Second Chances Band P.E.I.

“It’s a second chance for those who have played before but have given it up and now want to take it up again. And it’s a second chance for those who always wanted to but (didn’t),” says Allie McCrady, who is a co-conductor and band leader for this community band program, along with fellow retired music instructor Rowan Fitzgerald.