For the love of music

Prince Albert City Concert Band co-director Nicole Webb leads members during a rehearsal at Calvary United Church. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

It’s getting to that time of year where Erika Rybinski gets that familiar itch.

It’s not for hockey or pumpkin pie, it’s for a chance to gather and play with her fellow music lovers.

“It’s refreshing, especially for myself,” she chuckles. “I’ve been transferred to an elementary school, and I’m not teaching band anymore, so this is the cherry on top of my cake.”

On Wednesday, Rybinski and her fellow musicians are in the basement of Calvary United Church, busily preparing for another year of performances with the Prince Albert City Concert Band. Roughly two dozen musicians, with trombones, tubas, saxophones, flutes, trumpets and various other instruments are busy warming up.

Rybinski is the co-director of the group, a responsibility she shares with Nicole Webb.

“This is a unique form of the fine arts,” Rybinski says. “You don’t see many wind ensembles today in our cities, so it’s good exposure to the fine arts and just a good way to build community.”

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