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Z Block Schedule

Here is the schedule for Z block ensembles (off timetable classes), which will start September 21st.  These classes will run all year:

 JAZZ BAND C (grade 9) Mondays 3:30 - 5:00 PM (bandroom 104B)
 JAZZ BAND B (grade 10/11) Fridays 3:30 - 5:00 PM (bandroom 104B)
 JAZZ BAND A (grade 11/12) Wednesdays 7 PM - 8:45PM (bandroom 104B)
Chamber Choir (gr 10-12) - Mondays 3:30 - 5:00 Choir Room 104A
Senior Vocal Jazz (grade 11/12) Thursdays 7:00 - 8:45 PM Choir Room 104A
Junior Vocal Jazz (grade 9/10) Thursdays 3:30 - 5:00 PM Choir Room 104A
Grade 10 Concert Band Wednesdays 3:30 - 5 PM in Bandroom 104B
Orchestral Strings TBA





This year’s "Student of the Year” awards have been announced for Band, Choir, and Strings. Congratulations to the following outstanding students on achieving excellence throughout the schoolyear:

Grade 9 Band Student of the Year:   Dysen French
honourable mentions: Maiah Duifhius, Andrew Murray

Dysen is a fantastic alto saxophonist, who led the saxophone sections in Jazz C and the Junior Concert Band.  


Grade 10 Band Student of the Year:  Mark Zavorotny
honourable mentions: Morgan Dall, Max MacInnes-Cann

Mark learned to play the bari sax this year and ended up playing it in Jazz A and Jazz B.  An exemplary musician!


Grade 11 Band Student of the Year:  Julia Mosi
honourable mentions:  Sorya Orya, Taylor Mcdonald

Julia is an exceptional trumpet player who played in Jazz A, Senior Concert Band, and this year's Pit Orchestra.  She was undeterred by the remote learning situation and regularly submitted well prepared work.  Well done!


Grade 12 Band Student of the Year: Tristan Buckoll
honourable mentions: Barry Lu, Clayton Poon

Tristan is an outstanding alto and baritone saxophonist.  This year he played lead alto for Jazz A, held the baritone sax chair for Senior Concert Band, and played the 1st horn parts (transposed) in the pit orchestra for Beauty and the Beast.  He plans on studying at UBC next year.  Congratulations, Tristan!


Grade 12 Strings Student of the Year: Karl Arcadi


Grade 11 Strings Student of the Year: Jayden Park


Grade 9 Strings Student of the Year: Elyse Lochrie



Grade 9 Choir Student of the Year: Amy Vurdela

Grade 10 Choir Student of the Year: Makena Thomas

Grade 11 Choir Student of the Year: Yana Laskov

Grade 12 Choir Student of the Year: Skye Wilkinson





A list of resources to access for free online musical pursuits:

Vancouver Symphony's Virtual Learning:


Fundamentals of Music Theory, freely offered by the University of Edinburgh:


How to Write a Song, freely offered by the University of Sheffield:


An analysis of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, one of the most important and influential pieces ever composed, offered for free by Harvard University: 


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"The Music Department at NWSS played a pivotal role in forming my enthusiasm and dedication to music during those formative high school years. The excellent teachers on staff made the learning environment totally communal and ensured that music was something that their students could identify with and always feel a part of. I played percussion in concert band, guitar in jazz band (and even a bit of saxophone in grade 12!), and have many fond memories of great concerts, trips and after school jam sessions."

- Karl Hirzer, Associate Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic




Make a donation to the music department!

You can donate to any student participating in the bandathon by clicking the above button. On PayPal you will be able to enter the name of the student you want to receive your donation.


Clothing Drive Fundraiser 

Any donations will count toward trips in 2020.

Monday to Friday 8am-6pm
Saturday 12-4:30pm
Closed on Sundays & stat holidays


A fundraiser! Drop off unwanted clothing, accessories and other cloth items to Big Brothers Depot in Sapperton and make money for every pound collected in your name!

Tell friends, neighbours, family and others to take their unwanted items to the Big Brothers Depot (15 Braid Street around the back of the building in unit #221- New Westminster) Big Brothers Clothing Donation at ANY TIME DURING THE YEAR. You must drop off during business hours and fill out the donation form, being certain to list "NWSS Music" as the donor recipient as well as the name of the student you want to support. You will get a yellow copy of the donations slip, which you should return to the music department for tracking purposes.

To raise money to be used towards trips! 100% of the profit earned by individual students goes directly into their student accounts to be used towards their spring band/choir trip.

Acceptable Items for Donation (no dirty or soiled items, no housewares/tools/furniture/etc)

Clothing for men, women and children
Accessories (belts, hats, scarves)
Purses, wallets, backpacks and bags
Shoes and boots
Towels, tablecloths, curtains and linens
Under garments, nylons and socks
Blankets, bedding and pillows
Some tips for succesful fundraising with the Clothing Drive

Offer to pick up people's items on a selected date. Ask them to put items outside in bags clearly marked with your name and do a mini clothing drive blitz. Load up your vehicle and deliver the donations yourself!
Don't forget to remind your donors to fill out the donation form indicating your name and NWSS MUSIC.




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Donate to NWSS Music!


Much of our ability to purchase new equipment and instruments, as well as maintain repairs, is realized through donations. We appreciate any support you may be able to offer the NWSS Music department and our students.

Donations can come in all shapes and sizes...

We are ACCEPTING donations of all kinds, whether it be cash or cheque, or used instruments of all sorts.

Our goals are:

  • to provide good quality instruments to students who need them;
  • to provide scholarships for our students’ future studies;
  • to make our band and choir trips affordable for everyone.

Gifts large and small are very much appreciated.  We currently do not need any pianos, although excellent, high quality pianos might be useful.

Make a gift in honour of your favourite student, teacher or in memory of a loved one – or simply because you love music and the opportunity for students to learn and perform. It’s a wonderful way to support the music program which means so much to our students, their families and our community.

Leave a legacy of harmony!

For more information on the many ways you can make a gift, email Miss Proznick ( or Mr. Clements (

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