Frequently Asked Questions

What is the last day I can register?

The last day to register is the Friday (two days) before the start of the workshop on the Monday morning. If you have questions about the final deadline please direct them to the administrator’s email.

Does my child need to bring their own instrument or is one provided for them?

Students do need to bring their own instrument. If they do not own one, then rentals are usually available from their school or alternatively they can be rented from a music store like Long & McQuade or St. Johns Music etc.

What does my child need to bring to the workshop?

They need to bring their instrument and related supplies (reeds, grease, valve oil, etc.), if you are a percussionist and have your own sticks bring those.
A water bottle, lunch and snacks. Vending machines are not usually stocked at our rental locations during the summer months.
A lunch from home if you choose not to participate in the optional pre-order lunch program.

How will my child be placed in the bands for the workshop?

Music directors/ instructors/teachers should complete the required level placement along with their signature on the registration form. If you are unable to obtain this information from the instructor because school has finished for the year or your lessons are finished please email the administrative team and they will help with the final placement.
Each student will be placed in the appropriate playing/skill level and not by age.

Do you offer busing to the workshop?

Yes, we offer complimentary busing to and from the workshop from several schools, Monday – Thursday(am & pm) and Friday am only. No Friday pm busing due to the final gala concert for the participants families. To ensure your child gets a seat on the bus please email us to confirm your ridership on the appropriate bus. Bus locations will be determined each year in the spring once registration has opened and the dates and location have been confirmed. We thank Southland Transportation for their continued partnership.

Is financial assistance available?

The Calgary Regional SBW offers an opportunity to apply for financial assistance towards their workshop tuition. Financial assistance is available for instrumentalists whose family income would otherwise prevent their participation. Subsidies are limited and awarded based on the following criteria; band director/private teacher recommendation and financial need. For more information please email the administrative team.

Do you offer a lunch program? If so, how can I get my child lunch(s) ordered?

The lunch program is optional. Students can bring a lunch from home or you can pre-order from Healthy Hunger.
We have partnered with Healthy Hunger to provide pre-ordered lunches. Students can choose as many days as they would like to participate. Lunch orders will be offered all 5 days of the workshop.
Suppliers/vendors of the lunch options will be verified at the beginning of July.
If you wish to participate in the lunch program please ensure that your registration form has indicated either a YES/NO to receive this information. You will then receive all of the pre- order information via the email provided on the registration form.

What if my child has an appointment that I cannot change?

Please let your child’s band director know as well as the administrator ASAP. Every morning the administrator will be located in the foyer to receive any information or forms regarding your child.

What is your refund policy?

A full refund will be given if the workshop is cancelled by us (The Calgary Regional SBW or CADME).
If a withdrawal request is made 10 business days or more prior to the start of the workshop then a $75 administration fee will be charged. Requests for withdrawal/refunds outside of these parameters will be assessed a fee on an individual basis. ***Please note: Some exceptions may apply.***
There are no refunds issued once the workshop has begun or for non-attendance.

Is there an opportunity for us to see our child(ren) during the workshop?

Parent/guardians are welcome to attend the final GALA performance on the Friday evening. The concert is FREE to attend but tickets are required so that we can ensure that we do not exceed the fire safety seating capacity regulations. 


We have really enjoyed the Summer Band Workshop for our children. Is there a way we can give back, pay it forward or sponsor a deserving family?

We have been fortunate to have some corporate sponsorship over the years whose mandate has been to help support students to attend the workshop who would otherwise not be able to participate due to financial barriers. Through the generosity of several very kind families who have had their own children participate, they have offered to pay it forward and have made full or partial contributions to cover a student(s) . Through these very thoughtful and kind acts they have brought joy, excitement and made a huge impact in a young person’s musical experience.  If you or your employer would be interested in finding out more and would be interested in participating as a sponsor, please send us an email with the name and contact  information and we will have one of our team get in touch with you.


Where can I contact you?

You can reach us at the following:

Email: CalgaryRegionalSBW@gmail.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/calgarybandcamp/

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