We have a thriving Music Program at St. Mary’s!
All Instrumental Music Students come together to form the “St. Mary’s Symphonic Band”, while grade 10 students form the “Concert Band” and the 11/12 students form the “Wind Orchestra”. All groups perform a rich and varied repertoire with emphasis on traditional and contemporary concert band literature.We also have two full Big Bands, Jazz 1 and Jazz 2, and a Jazz Combo.
In October the group attended a three-day band camp at “River’s Edge Camp” near Cremona and was joined by music education luminary Dr. Dale Lonis as our “Conductor in Residence” for the weekend.The Symphonic Band also attended this year’s “Vic Lewis Band Festival” in Canmore Alberta in early November, receiving highly positive feedback.
All of our students do a considerable amount of work with local area clinicians and professional musicians in both large and small group settings, as well as special “Guest Artist” workshops with experts from across North America.
The fall included several performance and work-shop events, as well as two distinct collaborations with local musical and visual artists to great critical acclaim.Their fall collaborations included working with three different Indigenous Canadian musicians and Elders, Wanda First Rider, Hal Eagle Tail and Walter White Bear, in an amazing process of expression and community building.
Also, Art Teacher Jessica Szabo and her students collaborated with Mr. Legault and the band students re-writing a piece of music as a collective group, using improvisatory techniques to express deep emotions, to accompany art students’ “Shadow Art” during the school’s Remembrance Day Ceremony.
This past AIBF Festival was a huge success for our students, achieving Gold Medal standards in the Symphonic Band’s performance (Grade 10, 11, 12) and both Jazz 1 and Jazz 2 sets.
Our next event is our Spring Tour of the Banff region, and performing in the prestigious “Canadian Rocky Mountain Band Festival”, April 11-14.
The Spring Concert is taking place Wednesday, April 18th at the Knox United Church, hope to see you there!
About Mr. Jeremy Legault
Jeremy Legault has a very active musical career both as a performer and music educator. Currently, Jeremy is the Director of Bands at St. Mary’s High School in Calgary AB, a comprehensive music program which incorporates both Classical and Jazz instruction through three different Concert Bands, two Jazz Bands and a Jazz Combo. The St. Mary’s Music Program has been awarded local, national and international awards and accolades.The St. Mary’s Instrumental Music program is very active in Calgary’s music community, performing at various public events each year, collaborating with various professional musicians, and frequently working with local clinicians and world renowned CADME guest artists. Graduates of the St. Mary’s Music Program have gone on to study music in a variety of nationally and internationally acclaimed post-secondary institutions and gone on to have successful careers in music and the arts.
Currently Jeremy is director of the “Silver Jazz Band” within Calgary’s “Westwinds Organization”. Jeremy is also on staff with the “Calgary Stampede Show Band” teaching the Brass line, as well as the full ensemble. He is a performing member (Trumpet) with the “Alberta Winds” Wind Ensemble as well as the “The Calgary Civic Symphony”. Jeremy is a very active guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator within Calgary music community.
Jeremy received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary (1999) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto (2001).After completing a Diploma in Wind Conducting from the University of Calgary (2003), Jeremy completed a Master of Music Degree, specializing in Wind Ensemble Conducting, while studying with Dale Lonis at the University of Manitoba (2005-2006).
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at Jeremy.Legault@cssd.ab.ca or (403) 500.2024 extension 363 at your convenience!
Instrumental Music Director