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Hermann's Jazz Club has been the place for live jazz in Victoria for 25 years.
Greater Victoria Concert Band, offers 4 different bands for amateur musicians of different abilities to participate in.
Westshore Community Concert Band is Greater Victoria's newest community band, starting up in 2002. The goals of the band are to bring musicians with a wide variety of experience together and share in a creative and enjoyable musical endeavour.
Sidney Concert Band was founded in 1988. Musicians from across the Greater Victoria area attend practice and play in community / fundraising events throughout the year.
The Civic Orchestra of Victoria is dedicated to providing the opportunity for amateur musicians of varying ages and abilities to perform a wide repertoire of orchestral music.
The Hampton Concert Orchestra is the longest continuous run of any amateur orchestra in the Greater Victoria region.
Bandemonium Music Society on Salt Spring Island, operates several musical ensembles, including the Salt Spring Concert Band, which welcomes musicians of all ages.
Cowichan Consort Orchestra and Choir was founded in 1991. Performing a widely varied program of music mainly from classical literature, the orchestra meets a fresh challenge to its members with each of its concerts. New players are welcome, new choir members also, with the season running September to May.
Cowichan Valley Concert Band is an intermediate-to-advanced level community band based in the city of Duncan. They welcome new members!
Linden Singers of Victoria is a 55 voice mixed choir in its 31st season. Linden has specialized in the performance and writing of Canadian choral music.
The Friends of Music Society is a non-profit, charitable association that utilizes music as the basis for its partnership between those people who have a mental illness and those who do not. The Society offers a variety of musical opportunities for members to perform and practice together, to work, socialize and entertain others.
Groovin' Hard is an advanced not-for-profit big band performing in the Greater Victoria, BC area. They welcome new members.
Comox Valley Youth Music Centre was founded as a summer retreat for the Vancouver Junior Symphony, the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre (CYMC) is now in its 44th year and continues as British Columbia’s longest running music camp.
Victoria Conservatory of Music is a professional music school for the whole community that welcomes students of all ages and levels, including children, adult beginners, post-secondary students and professional musicians.
Nanaimo Conservatory of Music provides high quality musical instruction to children and adults from Central Vancouver Island.
University of Victoria's School of Music, offers a professional education to those who wish to make careers in music.
Music in Victoria a site for news and reviews of what is generally known as "classical" music, in and around Victoria, British Columbia.
Island Jazz is a blog by Victoria writer Rick Gibbs to cover the jazz scene on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and beyond.
Reynolds Secondary School Band Program, one of the most active school band programs in Victoria.
Spectrum Community School, has one of the up and coming band programs in Victoria.
U JAM, Universal Jazz Advocates & Mentors Society, who's purpose is to advocate, mentor, educate, and act as a resource for the community of musicians and music lovers (in the Victoria area) who share a passion for jazz in its many forms.
Oak Bay Matinee is a monthly concert series, bringing classical music performed by outstanding local and regional performers to the Oak Bay community.
Palm Court Light Orchestra, offering what may be the most affordable, professional, three concert season in both Victoria and Duncan/Mill Bay, B.C, this group is dedicated to performing season after season of light orchestral music in the authentic, palm court style.
Victoria Symphony is Vancouver Island's largest and most active professional performing arts organization.
Aventa, is dedicated to the performance of new music from the Canadian and international reportoires.
Sidney Classical Orchestra, professional classical orchestra in Sidney BC, just north of Victoria.
Victoria Operatic Society, puts on broadway style musical stage productions twice a year
JazzFest International, Victoria's annual jazz festival, organized by the Victoria Jazz Society
Victoria Ska Fest, a high energy good time!
Daniel Lapp, versatile Victoria musician
Paul Wainwright, sax player extraordinaire!
Chris Millington, sax player and leader of the house band of the Bengal Lounge at the Empress Hotel!
Gene Hardy, a saxophonist / sawyer / violinist / theraminist! Check out his web site to find out what a theramin is!
Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific
Gord Clements, Victoria-based professional saxophone, clarinet and flute player.
Joe Hatherill, teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute and piano
Timothy Quinlan, teaches trumpet from his studio here in Victoria
Erik Abbink, one of the members of the Vis a Vis Quartet, teaches saxophone and clarinet
Nick La Riviere, Trombone, Electric Bass, Conch Shells (?!?)
Jonnie Bridgman, offers mobile music lessons in the comfort of your own home in the communities of Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich and Langford. Lessons are available for saxophone, clarinet, flute, recorder, beginner piano, music theory and jazz improvisation for all instruments
Phil Dwyer, terrific saxophone player and composer and now recipient of the Order of Canada!
Capital City Big Band, grooving with the talents of a full sax, trombone, trumpet, and rhythm section alongside crooner Philip O'Reilly, the Capital City Big Band embodies a raucous and sweet celebration of how much fun jazz can be!
Pinnacle Brass Quintet, is based in Victoria and is committed to providing the area with chamber music performed at a high calibre
Bryn Badel, Victoria-based trumpet player and vocalist
Lust Life, Victoria-based modern jazz band
A Great Noyse, is a Medieval/Renaissance wind band located in Victoria. They would love to hear from other early wind instrument enthusiasts in Victoria!
Lynne Greenwood, specializes in woodwind instruction
NAPBIRT, National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians
Vancouver Jazz Forum, all the happenings in Vancouver and sometimes Vancouver Island too!
We don't carry any items for bagpipes but we often get asked if we do. Here are some web sites for bagpipes and accessories:
Island Bagpipe, are in Nanaimo, BC
Scott's Highland Services, are in London, ON
Donald-Gordon's Tartantown, are in Coquitlam BC
JWT Reedmakers, right here in Victoria
We also get asked if we know anyone who repairs violins. Here are some web sites for violin repair:
Vitek Violins, are right here in Victoria. They also sell violins on consignment.