Beginning Band Instrument Program


No fee

Registration Deadline
Sep 9, 2022 | 12pm

Registration is now closed. If you registered, please look for information via email. Missed the deadline? We hope you can join us for Young Winds starting in January!


Talbot College
Western University
1151 Richmond St
London ON N6A 3K7


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Young Winds

September 10 – October 22, 2022

Sep 10, 17 & 24
| 9–11am
Oct 1, 15 & 22
 | 9–11am

*Update Sept. 23 - Due to road closures around Talbot College and the Music Building, the Beginning Band Program session scheduled for this Saturday Sept. 24 has been cancelled. We will return Oct. 1st.

Western’s Beginning Band Instrument Program is intended for students in grades six through nine who are just starting to a play a band instrument. The program will teach students how to put together and care for their instrument, how to play their first notes, and will offer a group band performance experience, all in a fun and supportive atmosphere. This instruction is meant to serve as a supplement to that provided by the students' school music program. The Beginning Band program teachers will be a select group of students from the Western University Instrumental Music Education program, supervised by Western University Music Faculty members Dr. Colleen Richardson and Dr. Kevin Watson.

Health and Safety protocols will be communicated prior to the first program meeting.

Who can participate?

The program will provide instruction for instrumental students in grades six, seven, eight, or nine. Students who are beginning one of the following instruments are eligible to participate in the program: Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone (all types), Horn, Trumpet, Baritone Horn/Euphonium, Trombone, Tuba, and Percussion.


Students will need to bring their own instrument each week. Many schools will allow the student to sign out an instrument – please ask the student's school music teacher if this will be possible.

Program Coordinators

Kevin WatsonDr. Kevin Watson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, and is the Artistic Director of the Western University Jazz Ensemble.

Colleen Richardson
Dr. Colleen Richardson teaches undergraduate courses and graduate courses in music education, directs the Western University Wind Ensemble, and is Coordinator of Bands.

Contact Us 

Dr. Kevin Watson
Talbot College, Room 116
519-661-2111 x85896