The North American Brass Band Summer School (NABBSS) was co-founded in 2014 by David Childs, Robert Childs and Craig Roberts – former Assistant Director of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. Based on the highly successful summer school models well established in the United Kingdom, NABBSS takes place in the dynamic waterfront city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada – a city bestowed with the distinction of being named in the top-ten tourist destinations ‘on the rise’ globally.


COurse details

Dates: Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus global pandemic, NABBSS 2021, has unfortunately been cancelled.

We hope to be back up and running next year and will release the 2022 dates in collaboration with the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo once they have been confirmed. It is our intention to honour the format, including course fees, that had been laid out for NABBSS 2020 and NABBSS 2021; details of which are outlined below.


We will not be taking deposits for 2022 until the dates are firmly set. However, you are welcome to register your interest by filling out the online form. Purely as a reference, our 2020 details remain below:

2020 Course fee: $800 CAD (approx.: $600 USD /£460 GBP), including accommodation, meals and tuition.

2020 Payment: Following submission of the registration form below, you will receive a link to make your $100 CAD non-refundable deposit via PayPal. The balance of $700 CAD will be required on May 1, at which point registration will close. 


2020 Accommodation: Single room accommodation will be provided for 12 nights from June 23rd (the night before the course officially begins) for all NABBSS delegates at Gerard Hall (Sexton Campus of Dalhousie University): 5303 Morris Street, Halifax, B3H 4R2. Accommodation check-in is from 2pm and is open 24hrs.


Should you wish to book additional nights (for yourself or guests), before, during or following course, this should be done directly with Gerard Hall and will be at your own cost. Gerard Hall Website / Front Desk: (+1) 902-494-1481

Demand is often high during this period, so should Gerard Hall be fully booked, you are welcome to visit which provides other Dalhousie University accommodation options (Shirreff Hall or Howe Hall) to book online from $52.79 per night.


2020 Course start (June 24): NABBSS registration will take place from 8.00am - 9.00am in Gerard Hall’s ground floor lounge, followed by our official welcome meeting and first rehearsal at 10.00am. This will take place at St Matthew’s Church (1479 Barrington Street, B3J 1Z2) - a five minute walk from the accommodation

2020 Course end (July 4): Our final performance will be the final show of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo - a matinee at the Scotiabank Centre, scheduled to end at 4.30pm.