In 2007, the Gower Community Band established a program in conjunction with Memorial University’s School of Music for the encouragement, development, and performance of new Concert Band Compositions in Newfoundland and Labrador. The initiative includes the awarding of annual Composition Prizes, and provides the opportunity for the performance to audiences in the Province and beyond.
The Terra Nova Program (TNP) provides a total of $2,000 annually, available as follows: $1,500 for the category of Original Works, and $500 for the category of Arrangements, may be awarded in commensurate amounts at the discretion of the judges. Works chosen are performed in special GCB Gala Concerts known as The GCB Terra Nova Concerts. This designation carries the connotation of new lands for exploration of musical style, form, and creative talent.