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We look forward to welcoming you to the 2021 York/OBA Beginning band Symposium on October 2, 2021.

Registration information will be released shortly.

Please visit this page for more information and updates. 

What is it?

The Beginning Band Symposium provides an opportunity for professional development with an experienced clinician. Topics may include, but are not limited to, rehearsal techniques, repertoire ideas, introductory band class lessons, engagement and program development. BBS also allows teachers to connect with colleagues from across the province.

2020 Session Break Down

The 2021 Session breakdown will be announced soon. 

Session #1 - 9:30AM

Introduction to a Music Learning Theory and why patterns are so important. Topic includes Audiation and playing by ear, Tonal and Rhythm patterns both familiar and unfamiliar. Steps to music literacy. Reading and writing notation.

Session #2 - 10:45AM

Improvising with your Ensemble Warm-ups, Lesson books and Ensemble literature.

Session #3 - 12:30PM

Equity: Giving Band students what they need to succeed.

Session #4 - 1:45PM

Composing and arranging in Band at the concert.

All sessions will include what we have been doing during Covid. Remote Learning, in-person classes, and a combination of the 2.


An Alfred Publishing author since 2006, Vince Gassi is a much sought-after composer, conductor, and clinician. With over 100 published titles to his credit, Vince's creative and energetic style has made him a favourite with young musicians. His works, both challenging and musically rewarding, appear on many international concert and contest lists.
Vince received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada and later studied composing and arranging at the renowned Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, California. He recently completed his Ph.D. at York University in Toronto, Canada.

For twenty-five years Vince has taught Instrumental Music at the elementary and secondary school levels. He is in frequent demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the United States and Canada. His Cool Ideas, Arranging Concepts, Digital Workflows, and Creativity Workouts seminars focus on ways to engage students and teachers in the creative process.

Vince continues to receive many commissions and his works have been recorded and performed throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. His pieces are frequently performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Vince currently lives Toronto.