They are looking for people to add to their sound.
The Prince Albert Concert Band is looking for new members who are interested in playing in a group.
“Like most bands, it is made up of woodwinds, percussion and brass instruments,” conductor Bob Gibson said. “We are looking for people who would be interested in joining the band. We have openings for most things but especially brass instruments.”
Gibson said they are looking for people who are out of high school and can read sheet music.
“If they are already playing in a high school band, that is good but this is beyond that,” Gibson said. “The requirements would be the ability to read music. There are people out there who might play on a horn but don’t actually read music. That ability is important.”
Joining a band is beneficial to musicians because it is similar to joining a sports team, he said.
“I think it is like many things,” Gibson said. “Why should a hockey player want to be on a team? It is because it is a team and they are working together. And what results from good teamwork is the end product. I think that applies to sports, it applies to music, whether it is a band, orchestra or choir.”
He said playing an instrument by yourself may be fun, but playing in a band gives people more enjoyment.
“You can get so much pleasure from playing alone but the satisfaction of playing in a group is the end product,” Gibson said. “Playing them with a group is more rewarding in the end.”
Each member of a band, much like in sports, has a certain role and position to fill.
“There is a set of rules, just like everything,” Gibson said. “There are certain assignments within the group, certain jobs, if you will. Some people play the melody, some harmony parts, bass parts. Like a hockey team, some people are forwards, some are defense -- there are different roles they play all for the end product.”
The band gets together once a week to play, Gibson said. They also play at the Remembrance Day service on Nov. 11 and Decoration Day in early June.
“We also usually present a program or concert in early December and another to wrap up things at the end of May,” Gibson said. “In addition to that we might have a few more crop up. We don’t usually take things at a moment’s notice because we need preparation and time.”
Gibson would like those interested in the band to have a private audition with him before playing with the band.
“I would like to hear what they could do before they join,” Gibson said. “To give me an opportunity to hear what they can do on their chosen instrument would be probably be the best way to go about it.”
Anyone interested in joining the band can contact Gibson at email@example.com or by phone at 306-763-5996.