This band was the original founding band in 1987. While personnel have changed over the years, it is the Gold Band which has taken on a role of pursuing more demanding music, soloist performances and more advanced repertoire. Musicians in this band tend to be interested in more challenging music and demanding performance opportunities.
The band membership expects regular attendance and preparation of the music. The band performs regularly during its season, and the concert programs are challenging, tending to fall in a Grade 3 to 5 range. The conductor may request a brief opportunity to assess players experience and skills to place in the band .
Mark Ward- Conductor
In 2017 Mark Ward was appointed the full time conductor of the Lethbridge Gold community band. He received a B.Mus from Western University in Ontario studying there with Jerome Summers and Phil Nimmons. At the University of Lethbridge he studied conducting and music education with Vondis Miller obtaining a B.Ed then completed a Masters Degree in trumpet performance at the University of Victoria where he studied trumpet and conducting with Louis Ranger, Dr. Gerald King, and Ian McDougall. He has participated in workshops and brass master classes with world renowned teachers including Arnold Jacobs and Vincent Chicowitz. He continues to participate in conducting symposia including UBC with Rob Taylor and Gillian McKay, and this past summer (2018) with Dr. Mallory Thompson and Eugene Corporon.
Mr. Ward retired from teaching secondary school music in British Columbia and Alberta after 32 years. He has served on the board of directors of the British Columbia Band Association and the Alberta Band Association including a term as President. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, an international fraternity of bandmasters. Mr. Ward continues an active performance career as a singer and trumpet player in styles ranging from classical symphonic to jazz and rhythm and blues. He has adjudicated at music festivals across the province. Mark sees community and school music in every form as a critical part of Canadian heritage and culture and is very proud to be part of the strong musical community in Southern Alberta.