Band Notes

Reflections: A Christmas Concert

The Second Chances Band invites you to its annual Christmas concert on Sunday, November 26 at the Steele Recital Hall, UPEI.The concert starts at 2:30 pm, and tickets ($5 each) are available at the door, or from a band member.


The theme of the concert–Reflections–reminds us of what brings us together, despite our differences.The band will play pieces inspired by international dance, mythology, hymns, and, of course, the tradition of Christmas.

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Kids will be back in school and with that we will soon be returning to Queen Charlotte for first practice.

Back to school apple with books and apple

Please arrive by 6:30 with your registration fee of $50.00.


New members are welcome. If you are unsure then drop by for a test run. Bring your instrument and you can play along.

Don't have an instrument? No worries. We may be able to help. Contact us. Either here or on Facebook.

Second Chances Band Stories

"Second Chances Band gave me my first chance to turn my interest in percussion into a reality and I now thoroughly enjoy being challenged and having a blast making music as part of a concert band.  Anyone wanting a first, second or third chance to play in a concert band, check us out!"   -- Pam Campbell, Percussionist

New music available!

You don't always know through a first read what is going to be your favourite piece. I don't know about you but I like the background info that Allie and Rowan give on any particular piece. I like thinking that "The Red Covered Bridge" is kind of like "Bridges of Madison County".
I remember liking that movie, and it was a comfortable sort of like.

Now that we're actually playing this piece I struggle to recall. What happened? Oh yes. The visitor from National Geographic.
I never been in Madison County Iowa. But I can imagine a "Red Covered Bridge".

The North wind doth blow

and we shall have snow

Thanks to all of you who came out for our now it's winter concert. As if on cue the snow began flying. Oh yes, and the wind began blowing. Once again it was a warm environment to share with fellow enthusiasts.

'Til next time. Best wishes.


Annapolis Royal Community Band Festival
July 18-20, 2013
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
Hosted by the Annapolis Basin Community Band


Rowan Fitzgerald – retired instrumental music teacher and saxophonist extraordinaire!
Maggie Helms – currently teaches instrumental music at Northeast Kings Education Center. She will be returning to head up the MacKay Band!
Ken Foote – music teacher, trombonist, conductor, adjudicator!