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: JUNE 22 - JULY 2, 2022

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

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


Accommodation: Single room accommodation will be provided for 12 nights from June 21st (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 the 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 stay.dal.ca which provides other Dalhousie University accommodation options (Shirreff Hall or Howe Hall) to book online from $52.79 per night.


Course start (June 22): 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

2022 Course end (July 2): 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.