Providing Excellent Music Education in New Westminster Since 1960

   "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


Purdy’s Chocolate Fundraiser

The Auxiliary is providing students an opportunity to sell Purdy’s fundraising bars to raise money for their trips – 100% of profits from this sale go to the individual student. They may choose to sell small milk chocolate bars, dark chocolate bars and/or family sized milk almond bars. The first date for picking up chocolates will be Nov. 1 after school in the band room – further opportunities will be announced based on demand.

SMALL 40g MILK OR DARK CHOCOLATE BARS – 20 bars per box, sell for $2 per bar – return the $40 per box in the envelope provided and the student account will be credited with the $20 profit.
FAMILY SIZED MILK CHOCOLATE BARS with ALMONDS – 10 bars per box, sell for $5 per bar – return $50 per box and your student account will be credited with $24.

Be creative; get together with other music friends and do a mini blitz in your neighbourhood or ask to set up a table near a local business. Please make sure you fill out all of your personal information on the envelope so you get credit for the sale.

Please sell the entire box - we cannot accept partial boxes back. Look after your chocolates and the money. If you lose either, the $20 or $26 must be deducted from your band account.
It would be very smart to turn in the money to your music teacher as soon as you sell a box. All money should be turned in by Dec. 20.

If you have questions, please email, or call/text Cheryl at 604-916-5321



2017 Bandathon a huge success!  

NWSS music students raised close to $16,500 from donations in the community of New Westminster.  Congratulations to the students and parents, and THANK YOU to all who donated pleges to our annual Bandathon/Choirathon! 

Of the money raised, 60% goes into student accounts for trip costs, and 40% goes to the department for Scholarships, Workshops, Instrument Purchases, Supplies, and more. 





December 18th and June 4th

Choir Concerts at Queens Avenue United Church


December 21st

Senior Jazz at the Heritage Grill - reservations recommended!

Call the Heritage Grill at 604-759-0819


February 21st to 24th

The NWSS Musical Theatre Program, School’s Out Productions, is pleased to present The New Gershwin Musical: CRAZY FOR YOU!   From the same team that brought you Legally Blonde last year as well as past productions of Footloose, Grease, Bye Bye Birdie and Annie, this romantic comedy tells the story of dreamer Bobby Child, a New York City banker who longs to perform on the stage. When he is sent to the sleepy town of Deadrock, Nevada to foreclose on a theatre, he meets Polly Baker whose father happens to own the theatre and he falls dramatically and hopelessly in love with her. Audience members will be taken on a hilarious journey filled with cunning wit and mistaken identity as Bobby attempts to win Polly’s heart and save the theatre. The show features many Gershwin classics such as: “I Got Rhythm,” Someone to Watch Over Me,” and “Slap that Bass.” Tickets make a great Christmas Gift and are available from the Massey Theatre Box Office or online from the Massey Theatre Website. We hope to see you all there! 


April 27th-29th



May 19th – 26th





Clothing Drive Fundraiser ONGOING ALL YEAR!

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.



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



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 (supplied by the band teacher) and return to your child's band teacher with the appropriate rental fee payment of $100 for the year.

Donate to NWSS Music!

If you wish to make a donation to a particular student for the BANDATHON/CHOIRATHON, use the paypal button above to make your donation, and then send an email to with the amount and the name of the student.  Thank you!

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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