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April 21 - 23, 2023

Ashbury College

302 Mariposa Ave., Ottawa, ON, K1M 0T3


The Ontario Band Association is proud to announce the return of the Capital Region Junior Winds Honour Band! this ensemble will draw students from Kingston to Renfrew to Ottawa. The band will run from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 23, 2023.

Friday April 21, 2023: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Saturday April 22, 2023: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Sunday April 23, 2023: 9:30 - 4:30 PM


Honour Bands are a great chance for students to meet other like-minded individuals and work towards a common goal. The Laurier/OBA Honour Band is an educational concert band that will develop not only the participants' musical capabilities, but also their self confidence, team work and spirit, which they will bring home and to school to positively affect everyone who is around them.


Colin Clarke will be the conductor for the first Capital Region Honour Band Weekend since 2019. We are so excited to be back making music together!



Students from Grade 7 - 9 can be recommended by their teachers to be in the ensemble. Please note that a maximum of eight (8) students can be recommended from any one school. Recommendations must be completed by March 10, 2023


The participation fee for the weekend will be $50. This includes meals, snacks and a t-shirt.

CRJW's conductor

Colin Clarke, Senior Staff-078-Edit.jpg


(photo credits: Stuart Lowe, RCM)


A recipient of the Clifford Evans Award for Conducting, Colin Clarke's credits include collaboration with world-renowned artists and ensembles including the United States Air Force Band of Liberty in Boston, Massachusetts, the Canadian Brass, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the official fanfare ensemble for the President of the United States.

Colin has led the Provincial Honour Bands of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island, and also served as Conductor of the prestigious National Youth Band of Canada. Abroad, Colin has led performances in the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Bulgaria, Spain, and China.

With a passion for music education and outreach, Colin remains active as a conductor, guest lecturer, clinician, adjudicator and composer/arranger. He received the Lifetime Membership Award from the Ontario Band Association for his contributions to music and music education in Ontario. Colin is Founder and Artistic Director of the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, Music Director of the Oakville Symphony Youth Orchestra, and is the newly-appointed Artistic Director of the Oscar Peterson Program at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

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