western/oba Intermediate honour band


The Ontario Band Association is proud to announce the formation of a regional honour band for Grade 8, 9, and 10 students in Southwestern Ontario.

This two-day event will be a great opportunity for musical enrichment and provide memories that will last a lifetime!

Acceptance into the ensemble is through teacher recommendation, not audition. Please note that there are some playing requirements  that  will be  enforced 
for this year's recommendations.

Music will be sent out to the participants in advance of the Intermediate Honour Band weekend. The Overall Event Price is $60.

Our music sponsor, Harknett Musical Services, is graciously providing us with a huge discount on black leatherette folders. Regular retail price of the folder with the “Western/OBA Intermediate Honour Band” embossing would cost upwards of $30 but we are offering them for only $22. This is truly a great price and I am very appreciative to Harknett Music for this discount.


  • Rehearse at Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music in their new building!

  • Perform for family and friends in the Paul Davenport Theatre on the Western Campus.

  • Learn from some of Ontario’s most distinguished music specialists.

  • Enjoy a free concert by Western University chamber groups.

  • Receive a T-shirt to commemorate the event.

  • Meet new friends from all over the region.

  • Make some great music and create some great memories!


Please refer to playing requirements before applying.

playing requirements

  • Students must have at least five months of playing experience on their instrument.

  • Concert B-flat Chromatic Scale - Ascending and Descending

  • Students must be familiar with both F major and E-flat major scales. The E-flat major scale (split octave for brass if necessary).

  • Students are recommended to have experience with A-flat and D-flat major scales (optional).

  • If percussionists do not have access to mallet percussion instruments, the scale requirements will be waived.



Dr. Colleen Richardson

Dr. Colleen Richardson is Coordinator of Bands and directs the Wind Ensemble at Western University, as well as teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and instrumental music education. In collaboration with Dr. Kevin Watson, she administrates the Western Young Winds program, which is a community band for students in grades six to nine, and supervises the undergraduate music education majors selected to rehearse and conduct the ensemble.


Besides being active as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor nationally, Dr. Richardson has guest conducted or presented her research at conferences in Ireland, Switzerland, Italy, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Wales, and the US. Her research focuses on wind literature, conducting pedagogy, and rehearsal techniques. Publications include articles for the Canadian Winds, and the Canadian Music Educator Journal, as well as multiple study guides for the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. Dr. Richardson has produced two CDs with the Western University Wind Ensemble (Apparitions and Explorations), and the Hunsberger DVD within GIA’s DVD set entitled Three Icons: Frank Battisti, Donald Hunsberger, and H. Robert Reynolds.


A native of Winnipeg, Dr. Richardson graduated from Brandon University (BMus Ed), the University of Calgary (Wind Conducting Diploma, MMus Conducting), and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (DMA Wind Conducting). Her primary conducting teachers have been Rodney Winther and Glenn Price. However, she has also had opportunities to study with many other well respected composers and conductors, including: Craig Kirchhoff, Karel Husa, Warren Benson, David Maslanka, Eugene Corporon, Mallory Thompson, Robert Reynolds, and Jerry Junkin.


While in Cincinnati completing her doctorate, Dr. Richardson co-directed the Tri-State Chamber Players, as well as served as the Music Director and Conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble. Prior to her graduate studies, she taught general, choral, and instrumental music in the Canadian school system for 14 years.


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