Aspen Dekleva and Brooklyn Brown on the trumpet for the Skaha Lake Middle School band.

Aspen Dekleva and Brooklyn Brown on the trumpet for the Skaha Lake Middle School band.

Okanagan Concert Band Festival in Penticton

The Penticton Trade and Convention Centre played host to bands from across the province and Alberta

By Brennan Phillips

Special to the Western News

The Penticton Trade and Convention Centre was alive with the sound of music for the Okanagan Concert Band Festival on March 6 and 7.

The festival featured 28 concert bands from across the province, as well as some from Alberta, with sizes ranging from 20 students to over 100.

“For a lot of the kids in Penticton they start coming at Grade 7 and Grade 8, when they’re in middle school, and then they continue for Grade 9, 10, 11, and 12. The more they play in an environment where there are adjudicators and other band kids listening that know what to listen for, it cranks the heat up and they get a good performance out of it,” said organizer and Princess Margaret Secondary School music teacher Don Grant.

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