The Concert and Jazz Band Community of Salt Spring Island, BC.

WE’RE BACK!!! New rehearsal room, New season!

(Sept 9, 2022) After a two-year pandemic hiatus, Bandemonium Concert Band is ready for a Restart! We have secured and moved into our new rehearsal space in the former SIMS (Middle School) library, and are poised to launch the 2022-23 season.

OPEN HOUSE: Monday, Sept 19, 7-9pm, SIMS building

The SIMS building is located up the hill behind Salt Spring Elementary School on Rainbow Road. You can turn off Rainbow and drive up to the parking lot on the east side of the school, or go to the lot on the west side, at Park and Aldous Rd.

This is a drop-in information session and band registration night. No instruments required, we won’t be playing, but if you are a former band member, please bring any Bandemonium music and folders you may still have.

If you are curious about our group and just want to find out more, this is a perfect opportunity as well. Talk to us about how we can enhance community music offerings on the island – what would you like to see offered?

Come by and see the new space! Swing Shift has been rehearsing here already and is very happy with the room.


This website is the central location for information about our local band community. If you are a member of one of these bands, click on MORE INFO below each listing to find out rehearsal times, gigs and other announcements.

If you are interested in joining one of these bands, please email the contact person directly.

If you have any comments, questions, or events/announcements/photos that we could add to this site, please give me a shout at drummerhoff@saltspring.band.

INSTRUMENT MARKETPLACE AND EXCHANGE! If you have instruments or gear that you’d like to sell or donate to a worthy musician, or if you are a worthy musician in search of an instrument or gear, you can also let me know.

BANDEMONIUM CONCERT BAND

This is a longstanding community band of 35-40 amateur musicians of all ages. There are no auditions to join the band, however, an ability to read music and several years experience is generally recommended. They rehearse on Monday nights from 7:15 to 9 pm in the SIMS Music Room.
Director: Wendy Milton
Contact:
250-537-4654 islandwinds@telus.net
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MORE INFO: Concert Band Page
(The Adult Beginner Band, Concert Band and Swing Shift are run under the auspices of The Bandemonium Music Society, a nonprofit organization.)

SWING SHIFT

Swing Shift Big Band is 17 piece community jazz/dance band. They play mostly swing music from the big band era but also a little latin, pop, funk and even a little modern jazz from time to time. The band plays 3-8 gigs a year on average, on Saltspring, Vancouver Island and beyond. The band welcomes new members when positions open up, and are in need of subs from time to time.
Director: Derrick Milton
Contact: dsmilton@telus.net
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MORE INFO: Swing Shift Page
(The Adult Beginner Band, Concert Band and Swing Shift are run under the auspices of The Bandemonium Music Society, a nonprofit organization.)

ADULT BEGINNER BAND

This new group started up in the spring of 2018, and was the band for absolute beginners. No experience required – all are welcome!
(The Adult Beginner Band, Concert Band and Swing Shift are run under the auspices of The Bandemonium Music Society, a nonprofit organization.)

(SEPT 2022) UPDATE: WE HAVEN’T RUN THIS PROGRAM SINCE 2019, BUT WOULD LOVE TO START IT UP AGAIN IF WE CAN FIND ENOUGH PEOPLE TO JOIN. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PLEASE EMAIL ME!

SCHOOL BANDS

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BAND PROGRAM

Gulf Islands School District 64 offers a beginner band program starting in grade 5.
Director: BRANDON BRONSON
Contact: bbronson@sd64.org

GULF ISLANDS SECONDARY SCHOOL BAND PROGRAM

Year end show, June 2019

Director: MICHELLE FOOTZ
Contact: mfootz@sd64.org