York University Community Band Festival

Welcome to the York University Community Band Festival Page!


The YUCBF is an annual event that was created in 2012 by Gord Shephard (YorkU PhD candidate) and Professor Bill Thomas to provide community bands with the opportunity to come together and celebrate their belief that music is a lifelong passion creating enjoyment for individuals and benefits for our communities.  Each year four community bands are invited to participate in the festival that includes workshops, a mass band rehearsal and a concert.  The YUCBF also invites prominent community band leaders who direct the mass band and provide a keynote address.  Past keynote speakers have included Bobby Herriot, Gino Falconi, Denny Ringler, Steve Chenette and Donald Coakley.  

The YUCBF takes place at York University in the Accolade East Building with the concert being performed in the beautiful Tribute Communities Recital Hall

YUCBF 2017

The 2017 festival will be held on Sunday, February 26th, from 10:00am to 3:30pm at York University in the Accolade East Building.  Registration begins at 9:45 am outside of room 231.

This year we are happy to welcome the Aurora Community Band, the Newmarket Citizens Band, the Richmond Hill Concert Band and the Thornhill Concert Band.

YUCBF 2017 Schedule

The day will begin with the Mass Band Rehearsal from 10 am to 12 pm in room 231.  This year the Mass Band will be lead by each of the directors from the participating community bands

Following the Mass Band Rehearsal the participants are welcome to enjoy lunch and social time with the other band members in the Martin Family Lounge.

At 1:30 pm the Afternoon Concert begins in the beautiful Tribute Communities Recital Hall where each participating band will perform followed by a performance by the Mass Band.

Directions and Parking

Please click here for a map of YorkU  http://maps.info.yorku.ca/files/2013/02/KEELE_Map_Colour.pdf

Enter YorkU from Keele Street via The Pond Road. Turn right onto James Gillies Str (first set of lights) and then left into the parking garage. (#84 on the map).  Parking is $7 (no in/out privileges).  Exit the parking garage via the north-west doors.  The Accolade East Building (#92) is kiddie-corner from the parking garage.  The YUCBF registration desk is on the second floor of the Accolade East Building outside of room 231.


If you have any questions regarding the YUCBF please contact Gord Shephard by email at auroracommunityband@gmail.com.