National Awards Program

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The CBA awards are designed to recognize excellence in pedagogy, community building, performance, conducting, composing, and promotion of concert and jazz bands. These awards should supplement the work that each provincial chapter does by providing a national stage to acknowledge amateur and professional musicians, composers, directors, enthusiasts, and educators in all phases of their experience across our vast nation. A candidate may only be nominated for one award per year, and should the candidate not be selected,  the nominators are encouraged to re-submit if they wish to have the candidate considered in a future year. All nomination packages must be complete (see instructions below) to be considered.


Please contact the CBA Vice President if you have any questions about the process.

NATIONAL BAND AWARD

 

 1.   Since 1976, this award has been presented to a CBA Member who has made an outstanding contribution to band across Canada.

       This award recognizes those individuals who have contributed to the promotion, growth, and development of the musical, educational,

       and cultural values of band throughout Canada. In addition to national impact, provincial and regional impact are also considered.


2.   Criteria could include (but is not limited to):

a. Board/chapter service or activity
b. Developing provincial initiatives
c. Festival and band camp service
d. Fostering of community and Mentorship activity
e. Promotion of band as an art form


3.   Traditionally, one award is given per year.


4.   This award is the premiere band award in Canada.

INTERNATIONAL BAND AWARD

 1.   Since 1991, this award has been presented to a person who has embraced the ideals of the Canadian Band Association outside

       Canada and is recognized for their contribution to the international band movement, or who has represented Canada or served

       in an official capacity in organizations outside Canada. The recipient should be a Canadian citizen, ex patriot, or permanent resident.

 

 2.   Criteria could include (but is not limited to):

a. Fostering of Canadian band values in other nations
b. Body of work within and outside of Canada
c. Board service or activity
d. Development of new projects and initiatives
e. Other national and regional recognition
f.  Fostering of community and mentorship activity
g. Promotion of band as an art form

 

 3.   This award will recognize those individuals who have contributed to the promotion, growth, and development of the musical,

       educational, and cultural values of Canadian band outside of Canada.

 

CANADIAN COMPOSERS AWARD

 

 Since 1991, this award has been presented to a Canadian composer who has made a significant contribution to quality band repertoire,

 at any and all levels. For the purposes of this award, the recipient should be a Canadian citizen, ex patriot, or permanent resident.

CBA COMMUNITY BUILDERS *NEW*

1.   CBA Community Builders are the people and/or organizations that create new initiatives for the band community. A recognized Community Builder engages lifelong learners, fosters community, builds bridges and provides support and connection on a regional, provincial and/or national level.  Started in 2021.

2.   Criteria could include (but is not limited to):

  • band leadership

  • community band societies

  • festival and/or camp organizations

  • exceptional band parent/support organizations

  • mentorship activities

  • administrative roles

3.   More than one award may be presented each year.

CBA FRIENDS OF CANADA *NEW*

1. This award acknowledges exceptional contributions from the global band community to band in Canada. Nominees may include those without Canadian citizenship, or who live outside of Canada.  Started in 2021.

2. Examples of service could include (but are not limited to):

  • festival adjudicators

  • honour band conductors

  • clinicians/workshop presenters

  • teaching mentors

  • guest soloists

 

3. Traditionally, one award is given per year.

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SELECTION AND PRESENTATION OF CBA AWARDS:      Submissions Due November 15, 2021

 

   Selection:

       i.   The CBA Vice-President will solicit nominations from provincial chapters.

       ii.   The CBA Vice-President will present a list of nominees to the CBA Board of Directors for selection at the fall meeting

       iii.  Information for nomination/presentation will include:

     1.  award the candidate is being nominated for (one per year).

     2.  name and address of candidate.

     2.  name of nominating chapter (nominations are sent via the CBA Chapter to the CBA VP).

     3.  a resume/CV/bio of the candidate supporting the nomination.

     4.  a photograph or two of the candidate (if possible).

    Presentation:

       i.   The CBA Vice-President will notify the award recipient and the appropriate provincial chapter of the award and make arrangement for

            an appropriate presentation of the award.

       ii.  The CBA Vice-President will forward a press release and photo of the award recipient to the editor of Canadian Winds.

       iii.  The CBA Executive Director will prepare and send a plaque (accompanied by a letter of congratulations from the CBA President) to

             the award presenter.

       iv.  The award will be presented at a major provincial or national event if possible in order to maximize public exposure for the recipient,

             the sponsoring affiliate and the CBA.

       CBA Vice-President is Tricia Howe.

DISTINGUISHED MUSICIAN CERTIFICATES

 

  • This award is presented to a band member who, in the opinion of their band director, has shown superior musicianship, leadership, dependability, loyalty and cooperation. The award shall be presented by a band director who is a member of a CBA affiliate. Two awards per band per year may be awarded.

  • This award will be a bilingual CBA certificate signed by the CBA President and the band director. Certificates are online in Adobe PDF format.

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