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What is The Big Sound?

El Sistema Grey Bruce - The Big Sound is an after-school program that will inspire children and youth to achieve their full potential. The program is founded on a very simple concept - inspiring excellence through music.

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How Do I Register?

Children and their families interested in becoming involved in the program are encouraged to complete a registration form and/or attend a community information session. There is no cost to participants - but commitment is required.
Find out how to register your child.

How Can I Help?

We welcome support from the community.
From donated instruments, sharing your time and talents as a volunteer, making a cash donation, and/or attending our events, we need your help to make The Big Sound a success.

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About Us


Inspired by a program developed in Venezuela in the mid 1970s, The Big Sound creates opportunities for children and youth who, for various reasons, are often excluded from extra-curricular musical activities, such as playing in an ensemble or orchestra.

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How many sounds can you make with a violin?

It’s quite amazing, actually, when one considers that they include:  “the waterfall,” “the screechy tomato,” “the bow bounce, “the Darkness,” and “the whispering butterfly!”