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NB City Kinsmen Band offers four instrumental programs

Flex Band offers a drop-in option
Chinley Hinacay
Chinley Hinacay is director of the North Battleford City Kinsmen Band.

BATTLEFORDS ‑ North Battleford City Kinsmen Band is proud is gearing up for the 2021-22.

Four instrumental programs and one choir are being offered this year.

Beginning and intermediate level students are encouraged to join the Youth Ensemble. Focusing on the basics of music and ensemble playing, this group serves to enhance the musical education provided in school systems. As skills progress, students may opt to join one of the other groups.

The NBCK Concert Band offers a traditional ensemble experience that will be familiar to many. The band plays a mix of marches, show tunes and band classics that are sure to connect with musicians and audience members alike.

For those preferring a bit more "swing" in their music, the Jazz Band is a perfect choice. They play a range of music from traditional swing tunes to contemporary and pop arrangements. Anyone seeking to develop improvisational skills would also benefit from joining this group.

A new offering this year is a Flex Band. With fun being at the forefront of this ensemble, this group prefers the social and community aspect of music over performing. Designed with a "sit-in and play" approach in mind, this group is ideal for anyone with a busy schedule or those learning a new instrument.

The Choir rehearses with the notion that anyone can sing. Performing a wide range of songs, this group will instill the love of singing in even the shiest of individuals.

The Concert Band, Jazz Band and Youth Ensemble rehearse Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m., respectively, while the Flex Band meets twice a week on Tuesdays from 2to 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. (Note: due to the drop-in nature of the Flex Band, attendance on both days is not necessary) The Choir will begin rehearsals in January and will meet Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For further information, please send a message to the director ( or visit for up-to-date news.

"If you or your child play, have played, or would like to learn to play, an instrument or sing, then come and join one of the longest standing community music organizations in Saskatchewan," says director Chinley Hinacay.

The Kinsmen Band has been providing musical training on woodwinds, brass and percussion instruments in the Battlefords and beyond for more than 70 years. Children and adults of all abilities are welcome.