The Saskatchewan Band Association is pleased to honour the memory of long-time Saskatchewan Band Director and SBA volunteer Greg McLean by awarding two scholarships each year to Saskatchewan Music Education students.
Greg grew up on the family farm in Manitoba, graduated from the University of Brandon, and with wife Marcia, raised 3 children while achieving outstanding success with his School Band programs in Esterhazy and Swift Current. In addition to his School Band programs, Greg was a founding member of the Saskatchewan Band Association. He served on the SBA Board of Directors, was a clinician and conductor at SBA Band Camps for over 25 years and provided ongoing mentorship to new band directors.
Greg also conducted the Swift Current Oratorio Choir and directed the Swift Current Jazz Orchestra, an ensemble he established. In 2011-2012, Greg became the Interim Director of Bands at the University of Regina. Greg loved to share his leadership and conducting skills with University Interns, and Honour Band participants in Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and even PEI. Over the years he was also a valued adjudicator, guest conductor and clinician at numerous Band Festivals across Canada. Greg lived his passion and pursuit of excellence as a Band Director, encouraging and inspiring Band students of all ages, to play and be their best at all times.
In recognition of Greg's support for quality education and internship experiences and his mentorship of new band directors, the SBA is pleased to award the Greg McLean Memorial Scholarships annually in his honour.
The Greg McLean Memorial Scholarships will be awarded to Saskatchewan Music Education program students preparing for or in their internship year. Applicants must meet the following critiria:
Currently attending a Saskatchewan University Music Education program and preparing for or engaged in their 4-month internship within 12 months of the application deadline;
Has arranged for or is intending to intern with an elementary or high school band program (within 12 months of the application deadline);
Has made/is making a significant contribution to their University Band Program
Has demonstrated leadership and involvement with the band community beyond their school program - such as involvement with Community Bands, Band Festivals, Band Camps and Honour Bands etc.
Displays the qualities of Greg McLean, including hard work, organization, love of music, zest for life and a clear passion for Band.
Fully complete the online application form below
Include two short letters of recommendation from the applicant's University Band Director, Community Band Director, Music/Band Festival Coordinator, Instructors or Internship Band Director.
The SBA Awards committee will review all applications and choose the recipients. Please note, recipients of SBA's Bev Shore Memorial Scholarships from 2016 - 2019 are not eligible for the Greg McLean Memorial Schoalrship.
Annual deadline for applications: April 15.