The Dennis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra , presented by Denis Wick, London, is the premier honour concert band in Canada. The musical ensemble is comprised of 60+ members from across Canada who, after successful application, converge for a week of music education, history and celebration. During their week together, these students develop their musical talent, technique and skill while being immersed in peer workshops and master classes with clinicians from across North America. The band will present their 10th Anniversary Alumni Concert highlighting their music excellence on Saturday, May 19, 8:00 p.m. at The National Arts Centre, Southam Hall. Former Band Members attending the 10th Anniversary Alumni reunion will join the band on stage for the culmination of the concert.
Members are selected from auditions submitted from across Canada; most have performed with provincial honour bands from coast-to-coast. Previous members of the band have been awarded major scholarships, and have gone on to receive international recognition.
Participation in the band is free, and members receive tickets to all MusicFest concerts and clinics and access to the MusicFest Canada scholarship program.
Bryan Stovell, Dr. Mark Hopkins and Dr. Gillian MacKay are pleased to announce that the guest soloist for the 2012 Dennis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra will be Dr. Jim Lebens, Brass Chairman, Laval University. The band will be joined by Dr. Lebens for 2 private rehearsals during their time in Ottawa.