Band Enrichment Program in Toronto
Learn a primary band instrument in an engaging and fun musical setting. Students may choose from flute, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, and percussion

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Free Band Day!

Learn more about band and try out different instruments. Sign up for our band program on September 10 and we will waive the registration fee.

September 10, 2 - 4 pm. RSVP Now!

 

RCS Bands and Band Enrichment Program

Ages 9–18

The Royal Conservatory School is continuing to expand its Band Program. Band Classes in Toronto: Band Enrichment Program at The Royal ConservatoryFor the 2017-18 Acaedmic Year we are excited to introduce a new Junior Band for students with 2 to 3 years of playing experience.

ELEMENTARY BAND

Fee: $1,050

30-week Band Program

  • Weekly one-hour sectional classes (28 weeks)
  • Weekly 1.5-hour band rehearsal (28 weeks)
  • One theory class per month + theory app 
  • Two individual lessons*
  • Two concerts + Koerner Hall Showcase at annual Wide Open House event (June 24, 2018)
 

JUNIOR BAND

Fee: $1,225

30-week Band Program

  • Weekly one-hour sectional classes (20 weeks)
  • Weekly 1.5-hour band rehearsal (28 weeks)
  • One theory class per month + theory app 
  • Six individual lessons*
  • Two concerts + Koerner Hall Showcase at annual Wide Open House event (June 24, 2018)

*Option to add on individual lessons

*To determine your playing level check the RCM Syllabus for your instrument or contact an RCS Student Services Representative to set up a trial lesson.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I choose between Elementary Band and Junior Band?

Students with 0-1 year of playing experience should join Elementary Band. Students with 2-3 years playing experience should join Junior Band. Most students who took band with us this year should proceed to Junior Band. 

Q. My student is serious about his/her instrument and would like to get the most out of their experience at RCS. What do you recommend?

We recommend BEPlus, our premium band program that includes 28 weekly lessons, band rehearsals, sectionals, theory classes, and exams.

Q. Can students take lessons without taking band?

We encourage students studying winds, brass, and percussion to take band if they are in Levels Prep through Level 4. When students enroll in the Band Program – it is a package – they may add on lessons if they desire to do so. We have two main options for add-on lessons: 14 weeks and 28 weeks. That said, students who opt not to take Band may still take individual lessons under our BEP Program.

Q. Are instrument rentals provided free this year?

At this point we cannot guarantee that instrument rental will be free for the 2017-18 Academid Year. We have applied for grants in order to do so but don’t have that information just yet! 

 

Les Dobbin – Musical Director/Conductor
Les Dobbin developed a keen interest and talent for conducting while he was at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, majoring in voice with Louis Quilico and studying orchestral conducting with Victor Feldbrill. He was an itinerant music teacher for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) for 33 years where his students continually excelled at the Kiwanis Music Festival. He was the conductor of the Concert Band at Inter-Provincial Music Camp for 10 years and for the past 30 years has been the Camp Director of the TDSB’s Toronto Summer Music Camp.

 

Mr. Dobbin continues to conduct the prestigious Etobicoke Youth Band (EYB) and in 2014 he formed the Toronto Concert Band (TCB) in collaboration with Ken Hazlett. He won the Award of Excellence as an employee of the Etobicoke Board of Education and as a community leader for the EYB, and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding service to his community.

Read more in our BEP blog.

Band Enrichment Program Faculty

The Royal Conservatory School has recently added top performing and teaching artists to its roster of instructors. 

Woodwinds

Dianne Aitken, Flute

Dianne Aitken, Flute
Scott Marshall, Clarinet

Scott Marshall, Clarinet
Mike Anklewicz, Saxophone

Mike Anklewicz, Saxophone

Brass



Stanley Rosenzweig, Trumpet


Olivia Esther, French Horn


David Pell, Trombone


Jennifer Stephen, Low Brass (Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba)

Percussion

John Wong

John Wong