The Gower Community Band announced in 2007 the formal establishment of a new program for the encouragement, development, and performance of new concert band compositions in Newfoundland and Labrador. The initiative included the award of annual competition prizes at Memorial University’s School of Music, beginning at a level of $1,000.


Works chosen as prize winners and honourable mentions are performed in special GCB gala concerts each fall known as “The Terra Nova Concerts”. This designation carries the connotation of “new lands” for exploration of musical style, form and creative talent. The GCB Terra Nova Program also includes commissioned works by established composers and arrangers in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as works written by recognized national and international composers for performance by Newfoundland musicians.

See our Distinguished Winners List


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