Thank you to everyone who attended this years' Symposium! 


  • Workshop sessions presented by clinicians Cheryl Ferguson & Darryl Ferguson 

  • Explore pedagogical ideas and techniques that enhance skill development and motivation
  • Network with other colleagues across the province

2022 FEES

Please note that you have to be a member of the OBA to attend the Capital Region/OBA Wind Band Symposium.

The event fees are as follows:

Symposium Fee Only (Regular/Student/Retiree) ............... FREE

By selecting this option, you agree that you are a member of the Ontario Band Association. Should you not be a member, you will be asked to purchase a membership upon confirmation.

To purchase an OBA membership, please visit our membership page here:

2022 session breakdown

Session 1 - 9:30am

Ideas for Developing Musicians During Pandemic Restrictions

This session will explore creative ways to keep students engaged and meeting curricular outcomes no matter the limitations. It will include a discussion of how age, experience level and learning style may impact the teaching approach.

Session 2 - 10:45 

How to Teach and Choose Repertoire for Ensembles of Varying Levels

How do you accommodate beginners and proficient musicians in the same room, ensuring all students can meet learning outcomes? This session will explore approaches to teaching, choosing repertoire and adjusting repertoire so all can develop their skills individually for the benefit of the larger group… without losing momentum!




Session 3 - 12:30pm

How to Focus on Fundamentals Without Losing Student Interest

In a post-pandemic band world, many of us are or will be disappointed in the sound of our bands. This session will explore ways to address the fundamentals in exciting ways for young students, and in a mature fashion for high school students. This will include ideas that can be used immediately in your bands, whether they are meeting in person or online.


Session 4 - 1:45pm 

Motivation, Recruitment and Retention


What motivates students to demonstrate engagement and follow-through? How do we build a program or classroom that has an environment of excitement and drive to learn? How do we attract and retain amazing, enthusiastic and energetic students? We will discuss the importance of motivating students in varied ways and also identify key steps to take in each month of the school year to ensure healthy enrollment.


Cheryl & Darryl Ferguson photo - Simone Gendron.jpg

Darryl Ferguson


Cheryl Ferguson

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Cheryl Ferguson received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance (French horn) and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Mary (Bismarck, ND). She has also done graduate work at Southern Oregon University, and has earned a Master in Curriculum Studies (Music Education) at Acadia University (Nova Scotia).


Cheryl has taught music at every level, including K-6 general music classes, nine years running junior high band programs, and has been in her current position as Director of Bands at Fort Richmond Collegiate since 2006. Cheryl also conducts the Canadian Mennonite University Concert Band, Cheryl has completed the Canadian Wind Conductor’s Development Program Levels I and II. She is active as a presenter, clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor across Canada.


The Fort Richmond Collegiate band program, under Cheryl's direction, was awarded the Don Green Award at the 2011 Optimist Band Festival in Winnipeg. In 2013, Cheryl received the Manitoba Band Association Award of Distinction recognizing an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to music education in Manitoba. In 2014, she received the I. Keith Mann Outstanding Band Director Award, national recognition given to one band director in Canada per year.


Cheryl continues to perform with the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble, the Cambridge Brass Quintet, and the Ferguson Family Brass Quartet. She has also conducted the Adult Advanced Band at International Music Camp for several years. Cheryl is a highly committed volunteer, serving on nine different committees with numerous organizations. In 2016, Cheryl was invited to record a TED Talk on Motivating People toward Excellence. 



Darryl Ferguson teaches concert band and jazz band at Acadia Junior High School. He holds trumpet performance degrees from Brandon University and the University of South Florida, as well as a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Manitoba. Under his direction, the band program at Acadia has received numerous awards for outstanding performance, including the CMEA’s Robert Rosevear Award (concert band), Don Wright Award (jazz band), the Optimist Festival’s Jazz Award and the George Douglas Award.


Darryl is an active adjudicator and conductor. Guest conducting engagements include the MBA Provincial Junior Honour Band, the WJO Junior Honour Jazz Band, the International Music Camp, as well as regional honour bands around Manitoba. Darryl serves as a sessional instructor at Canadian Mennonite University, and is the conductor of the Rupertsland Brass Band in Winnipeg. He is an active freelance trumpet player and teacher.