In the 1940s, Vic Lewis played a monumental role in bringing band music to Canmore. For more than twenty years, he shared his love of music by teaching band students across the Bow Valley.
To honours the memory of Vic and his many accomplishments, the Vic Lewis International Band Festival invites more than 800 junior high and high school music students to Canmore to perform, learn, listen and celebrate the spirit of music over three fun-filled days. It’s recognized as one of the top non-competitive music festivals in the province.
The Vic Lewis Festival takes place from November 1st to 3rd at Canmore Collegiate High, Canmore Recreation Centre and the Cornerstone Theatre.
2013 marks the 16th year of the festival and, hopefully, one of the best. Last year’s festival welcomed over 30 jazz bands, wind ensembles and concert band from across Western Canada, along with some of North America’s most renowned band directors. Big names that have graced the festival’s guest list in the past include UBC director of wind band Dr. Robert Taylor, Kwantlen University director of ensembles Wayne Jeffery and jazz composer Alan Matheson.
Although Vic Lewis passed away in 1999, shortly after that year’s festival ended, his spirit lives on in the many contributions he made to Canmore’s music education programs and musical community. Come celebrate Vic’s legacy by watching the so many talented young musician’s perform.
If you’re seeking Canmore group accommodations for the Vic Lewis Band Festival, look no further than the BEST WESTERN PLUS Pocaterra Inn. We are located within walking distance of Canmore Collegiate High and Canmore Recreation Centre and just a short drive or 30-minute walk to Cornerstone Theatre. We have clean, modern rooms and a variety of onsite amenities including an indoor pool with waterslide and daily complimentary breakfast.
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