The Ontario Band Association (OBA) is a network of music leaders dedicated to inspiring, enriching and connecting students and educators to share, explore, and enhance the experience of music through bands.
The OBA hosts two major symposiums every year: Beginning Band Symposium and York/OBA Wind Conducting Symposium. Both events offer music educators the chance to enhance their abilities with the experience and advice of an expert clinician.
Beginning Band Symposium
York/OBA Wind Conducting Symposium
The OBA is delighted to nurture and display the capabilities of young musicians across the province with the Honour Bands.
Eastern Ontario Elementary Honour Band
Laurier/OBA Elementary Honour Band
Western/OBA Intermediate Honour Band
Ontario Provincial Honour Band
The OBA hosts its own Concert Band Festival every year, as well as collaborating with University of Toronto Scarborough for the Small Ensemble Festival. Each of the festivals allow ensembles to showcase their abilities for their peers and a panel of adjudicators.
Concert Band Festival
UTSC/OBA Small Ensemble Festival
The OBA partners up with the Canadian Music Centre to explore local composers' talents for writing for concert bands. The project uses reading sessions to enable composers to connect with music educators and learn from their experience of writing for bands.