Providing Excellent Music Education in New Westminster Since 1960

Summer Band Camp

Register now for the NWSS Band Camp, Canada Edition!  This year's band camp runs from July 3rd-21st, and the theme is "Canada: 150+ Years of Awesome" (all of the music will be Canadian or about Canada in some way).  For the brochure/registration form, click below:


/sites/default/files/files/BANDCAMP BROCHURE 2017.pdf



Recommended Concert:  At the Anvil Centre, Next Saturday, June 24th:

The Great Gig in New West 2!

A Performance celebration by regional musicians of four of the most iconic bands in rock.

Featuring the music of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and U2, AND A HORN SECTION WITH SOME CURRENT AND FORMER NWSS BAND STUDENTS!

Plus a surprise mixed set.  More info on the link below:



NWSS band students meet the Governor General of Canada

In March/April, our senior band students participated in an exchange with band students in Ottawa.   41 NWSS students went  to Ottawa, where the students were able to tour local museums, Parliament, the Royal Canadian Mint, rehearse with the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces, and meet His Excellency, the Governor General of Canada at Rideau Hall.  An amazing opportunity, made available through Experiences Canada.  Our students also hosted 43 students from Brookfield high School in Ottawa for a week, and the whole experience culminated in a combined concert at Douglas College.


Clothing Drive Fundraiser ONGOING ALL YEAR!



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.



December Band Concert

At this year's Winter Concert on November 30th in Massey Theatre, we were thrilled to have the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet join us to play with the senior concert band, and play a set on their own.  Earlier that day, they provided masterclasses for our student brass players, and inspired us all profoundly.  It was, without question, a great day, a great honour, and a great concert!  A link to one of the highlights is below:

Thanks to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's Brass Quintet for this wonderful learning opportunity.


Andrew Poirier of the VSO Brass Quintet leads a trombone clinic at NWSS.



Band/Choir Dept Handbook and Registration Form

Click here to view/download the handbook, which has all of the pertinent information you need to succeed as an NWSS Music student:/sites/default/files/files/Music Department Handbook 2016-2017.pdf


The information in the handbook will help parents/guardians support their child's participation and success in their music performance class. The information on the registration form is private and will be accessible only by the child's music teacher.
Click here to fill out the NWSS Band/Choir Student Registration Form 




Check out our new Promo video!  Music education is fun for everyone!


School Band Instrument Rental Information

If your child is using a school instrument, please fill out the form below and return to your child's band teacher with the appropriate rental fee payment.

/sites/default/files/files/NWSS INSTRUMENT RENTAL FORM.pdf

Dates to Remember




Senior Jazz "Liquid Time" plays at Vancouver Jazz Festival, "Sounds of Youth" Stage at Vancouver Art Gallery:  Sunday June 25th, 2 PM 




PAST EVENTS from this school year:


September 23rd: NWSS Marching Band performs at Mercer Stadium for the halftime show at the Hyacks Homecoming Game

October 15th:  NWSS Hyacks Football Annual Tailgate Auction (Senior Jazz Band)

October 15th: Momentum Swing Dance at the Anvil Centre (Senior Jazz Band)

October 20th: Bandathon Blitz

November 5th: Bandathon (9 AM - 9 PM

November 10th: Remembrance Day Performances in Masey Theatre

November 18th: NWSS Chamber Choir performs at UBC Invitational Festival

November 30th: Winter Concert, 7 PM, Massey Theatre FEATURING THE VSO BRASS QUINTET

December 7th: Music Parents' Auxiliary Meeting, 7 PM Bandroom, all parents welcome!

December 20th: Senior Jazz and combos perform at the Heritage Grill on Columbia in New West. 7 PM

January 15th: Winter Choral Concert (New West Christian Reformed Church)

February 8th to 12th: LEGALLY BLONDE, THE MUSICAL. In Massey Theatre.

March 8th: NWSS Chamber Choir and Senior Vocal Jazz perform with Coco Love Alcorn and Khari McLelland

Senior Band Trip to Ottawa: March 29th-April 4th

JAZZ NIGHT at the METRO: April 12th, featuring all NWSS Jazz Ensembles. Tickets $20 in advance and $25 at the door

CHOIR TRIP TO BANFF (Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival): April 20th - 24th

Concert: Senior Band and Grade 10 Band and Brookfield High Band: at Douglas College Theatre (Laura C. Muir Theatre), Sunday, April 30th, 7:30 PM


National Youth Band: Massey Theatre, 12:15 PM, Thursday, May 4th, FREE

Junior Band Trip to Sun Peaks: May 5th-7th

MAYDAY:  featuring the grade 10 and Senior Bands, May 24th

NWSS Choral Concert, featuring all choral ensembles, Friday, May 26th at 7 PM at Holy Trinity Cathedral 

Final Year End Concert in Massey Theatre: June 8th, the spectacular "June Revue"

Senior Jazz Band "Liquid Time" plays for Royal City Swing Dance: Sapperton Hall on Saturday June 10 2017

Uptown Unplugged: NWSS Small Ensembles perform between 12 PM and 2 PM at Westminster Centre

New Westminster Firefighters Shredathon: Recycling event at Canada Games Pool in New Westminster, featuring performances by the Grade 9 and grade 10 Jazz Bands, 11 AM to 3 PM, Sunday, June 11th


Donate to NWSS Music!

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: or 

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