Our Programs

Our Programs

Winter Drumline

Our drumline is focused on the musical and personal development of our members while in a competitive environment. Over the years we’ve trained numerous musicians in the art of performance, the skills of competition and the proficiency to combine the two. The Winter Percussion / drumline performs during the months of October to March with performances in the Edmonton and Calgary areas. Our member have often gone on to audition for the Edmonton Elks Drumline!

Performances include:

  • Winter Drumline competitions
  • University of Alberta Sporting Events

Winter Winds

Our Winter Winds program provides a unique indoor experience, which is a fantastic source of music education and performance opportunities for all wind performers. Whether you play bass clarinet or trumpet there’s a place for you in our ensemble. Our season runs from October to March with various performance opportunities during the season. An excellent introduction to the marching arts while performing indoors during the winter months!

Performances include:

  • Winter competitions
  • University of Alberta Sporting Events

Summer Band

Northern Empire’s Summer Band is comprised of youth who are either exploring their musical and visual talents or furthering their education in woodwinds, brass, drumline and front ensemble. Members rehearse weekly and receive high quality instruction from a diverse staff led by experienced educators as they prepare for performances throughout Alberta.

Performances include:

  • Parades
  • Stand still perferomances
  • Field shows
  • University of Alberta Sporting Events

Elks Drumline

Formed in 2018, the Elks Drumline brings unforgettable and exciting entertainment to Edmonton Elks home games. Presented by Northern Empire Performing Arts and under the direction of Ian Friesen, the Elks Drumline provides pulsating rhythms and was an instant fan favourite.

Fans can catch the Elks Drumline tailgating before all Elks home games, throughout the concourse and in the stadium during the game.

Community arts

The community arts program is a new feature of Northern Empire! These programs will be available for the public and offer clinic and workshop based programming. Our goal is to bring in experts in different art fields and provide an opportunity for the public to learn something new!

Programs will include:

  • Percussion workshops
  • Brass and woodwinds workshops