Our non- profit Okotoks Band and Youth in Music Association (OBYMA) is a society with the vision to uplift and support youth in music. Voice, instrument, musical theatre … all music.
One annual event we hold is the Big Band Bash (BBB). A jazz night of dancing to the fabulous music of local youth jazz bands in the Foothills area.
idea behind the BBB came from the desire to encourage youth to become real entertainers. We believe that telling a child that they are amazing is beautiful praise, but when adults and people you don’t know give you applause and accolades … well that develops self-esteem.
From the BBB we witnessed youth receiving community encouragement, standing ovations, and support… so many of the children responded with shock and joy which we saw in comments like “I can’t believe people are dancing to my music.”, and “I feel like a REAL musician!”.. which of course they are.
The BBB raised close to $10,000, which was given directly to the band and music programs in two schools (who were also the performers at the BBB) within the Foothills School Division.
This year we have invited THREE schools!
I have used the BBB event to describe what OBYMA is all about.
Youth. Music. Community.
We want to grow all of it while lifting up those who participate… as musicians or as supporters… we want to make connection.
Big Band Bash
February 8 @ 6:45 pm
Foothills Centennial Centre
Silent auction, cake auction, ring give away sponsored by Austin Jewellers
Tickets for 25.00 can be purchased through Eventbrite
or save the Eventbrite charge and reserve a table for eight by emailing [email protected]
Come dance the night away! And support youth from Okotoks and High River!!