Providing Excellent Music Education in New Westminster Since 1960

    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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28m-BxDOiRc&feature=share&app=desktop

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.

 

Practice: the art of improving

NWSS students Patrick Li and Jun Lee practice regularly.  Note that some musicians torture themselves when they make an error; others find the humour and joy in learning --  watch the clip below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLoqWerIxmg

 They are preparing for a concert at Knox Presbyterian Church (403 Columbia St East) in New Westminster on Wednesday, November 23rd at 4:30 PM-6:30 PM.  Tickets are $5 and baked goods will be available to purchase.  The concert features chamber groups and combos.

Chocolates and Coffee Fundraiser

Students will have the opportunity to sell Purdy’s chocolate bars in November and December.  Each full box of chocolates sold will earn the student $20-$24 for their student account. Chocolates will be distributed after school one day per week until mid-December.  The first pick-up opportunity is Tuesday November 8 at 3:05 in the band room – students must be present to pick up chocolates.
 Students also can fundraise for their student account by selling Ethical Bean coffee. Order forms will be available in the band room after Nov. 8th.
 

2016 Bandathon 

 The 2016 Edition of the NWSS Bandathon was a huge success!  The kids had a lot of fun playing music together and raised over $14,000.  The website will be open for a few more days to accept pledges.  

http://www.fanofthebandathon.ca/

Please keep in mind that 60% of the money will go into the student's personal band account to be put towards any band trips that we do during the year, and 40% of the money will go to the auxiliary towards new instruments, upkeep of the instruments etc, scholarships, and guest musician workshops.

Students in grade 10 and 11 this year are strongly advised to continue to save this year and next year, cumulatively fundraising for the more expensive international trip that we will be undertaking in 2018.

 

 

 

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 

 

Clothing Drive Fundraiser ONGOING ALL YEAR!

TO USE CLOTHING DRIVE FUNDS TOWARDS 2015 SPRING TRIPS ALL ITEMS MUST BE DROPPED OFF BEFORE JANUARY 15th. ANYTHING DROPPED OFF AFTER THAT DATE WILL BE HELD OVER FOR THE SPRING 2016 TRIP COSTS.  PLEASE NOTE THAT BIG BROTHERS IS NOT ACCEPTING DONATIONS ON SATURDAYS.

What? 
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!

How?
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.
Click HERE for a map that shows the Big Brothers Depot New West location.

Why?
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

  • Make copies of the flyer (Be sure to put your name on it first!) and distribute them to all your neighbours! Knock on doors or put the flyer in mailboxes.
  • Email out the flyer to friends and family
  • Timing is everything!! Many people clean out closets during the Winter Holidays and around spring break. Send out your flyer before these times to maximize your fundraising!
  • 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

For a downloadable Clothing Drive Flyer click HERE.

 

 

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

 

 

September 14th: First Music Parents Auxiliary Meeting, 7:00 PM in the bandroom

 

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

 

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

 

October 20th:  Bandathon Blitz

 

November 5th:  Bandathon (9 AM - 9 PM)

 

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)

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:  kproznick@sd40.bc.ca or sclements@sd40.bc.ca. 

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