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Bandathon Blitz a huge success!  Next up:  the Bandathon/Choirathon!

Across two nights NWSS music students raised $14,547 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!  This year's Bandathon will be held on Saturday, October 28th, and will feature Halloween-themed music.  Students will be expected to participate in a minimum of three hours in the 12-hour rehearsal.

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. 

Students can continue to seek pledges from family, friends, and community members in the days leading up to October 28th.  Let's watch the tally continue to rise!  




Wednesday October 18
Bandathon Choirathon Blitz
5:30pm to 9:30pm

Saturday, October 28th 9 AM - 9 PM
All band students expected to participate (minimum 3 hours each)


Wednesday, November 1st
Music Parents' Auxiliary Meeting
7PM in the Bandroom (104B)


Thursday, December 7th
Winter Band Concert


Choir Concerts:
December 18th and June 4th
Queens Avenue United Church


December 20th

Senior Jazz at the Heritage Grill - reservations recommended!


April 27th-29th



May 19th – 26th




Students can sell these books to raise money for their trips. 

Important Info:
• Group ID: 135455
• Sale Dates: Sept 13th – Oct 27th, 2017
1) Cash
2) Cheque – Make payable to: NWSS Music Auxillary
3) Credit Card - You can now accept credit card payments for the books you sell. Go to: and follow the simple instructions.

• For Questions, contact:

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.



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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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