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

 

Make a donation to the Fan of the Bandathon Fundraiser

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.

Upcoming Events

 

Thursday October 18th - Bandathon/Choir-a-thon Blitz #1 - 6 PM at Massey Cafeteria

October 18th to 20th- BC Music Educators Conference (Richmond BC): BC Honour Ensemble Rehearsals and Concerts. NWSS is represented by 8 students participating in 4 different honour ensembles.

October 20th - Senior Jazz A Band plays at the Hyack Tailgate Fundraiser at River Market, 6 PM

Wednesday October 24th- Bandathon/Choir-a-thon Blitz #2 - 6 PM at Massey Cafeteria

Saturday Nov 3rd - Bandathon/Choir-a-thon.  Royal City Centre, 12 PM - 4:30 PM 

Monday November 5th - B BLOCK- Sax Clinic FOR grade 10-12 STUDENTS with Colin Maskell, Saxophonist Extraordinaire

November 8 - Remembrance Day Tech/Dress Rehearsal 3pm to 10pm (MASSEY THEATRE) Probably Chamber Choir + instrumentalists

November 9 - Remembrance Day Assemblies. Assembly #1: 8:30am. Assembly #2: 10:15am. Parents/families/community members welcome to attend (MASSEY THEATRE) Probably Chamber Choir + instrumentalists

November 14th - C BLOCK- Clarinet Clinic FOR ALL CLARINET STUDENTS with Dr. Shawn Earle, Clarinet Instructor from UVIC  

November 16th to 18th - Choir Retreat at Loon Lake (Maple Ridge).  $225 per student.  Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz. Make payments online at http://www.nwss.ca

November 28th - Combined Band Concert at Laura C. Muir Theatre, Douglas College, with Douglas College Music program.  Featuring Senior Concert Band and Douglas College ensembles only.

Wednesday December 5 - Winter Band Concert. 7pm. (MASSEY THEATRE) Tickets $8 + s/c from Massey Theatre Box Office (www.ticketsnw.ca)

Friday December 14th - Winter Choral Concert, 7pm Queens Avenue United Church. Tickets $8 in advance from Ms Proznick or at the door.

Saturday December 15th - Chamber Choir performs with Coastal Sound Youth Choir. 7pm at New Westminster Christian Reformed Church.

Feb 21 to 23- Envision Jazz Festival, Surrey BC. All jazz bands/vocal jazz ensembles to participate. Probably a small fee per student for participation.
 

April 11th to 14th - Senior Band/Choir trip to Banff Rocky Mountain Music Festival. (Approx $650)

April 24-26 - Junior Band trip to Victoria for the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. (Approx $400)

Saturday May 4th - Concert with Vivo Children’s Choir - Chamber Choir only. 3pm at New Westminster Christian Reformed Church.

May 11 - NWSS Jazz Night at Sapperton Pensioners Hall

June 6 - Spring Choir Concert 7pm Queens Avenue United Church. Tickets $8 in advance from Ms Proznick or at the door.

June 12 - June Revue Concert and Awards 7pm. (MASSEY THEATRE) Tickets $8 + s/c from Massey Theatre Box Office (www.ticketsnw.ca)

June 24 - Graduation Ceremonies. Choir performs.
 

 

I TROMBONI, performing for New West students on May 3rd, 2018:

 

Check out their website here:

https://www.itromboni.com/

 

 

 

December 2017- Celebrity Alumnus Visits!

Felix Cartal, renowned DJ and EDM producer, revisits his alma mater to give an inspiring Q & A to this term's Music Composition class:

Stay up-to-date with Felix Cartal via his website, http://www.felixcartal.com

 

 

Clothing Drive Fundraiser ONGOING ALL YEAR!

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

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.
 

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

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.

   

 

 

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!

 

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 (kproznick@sd40.bc.ca) or Mr. Clements (sclements@sd40.bc.ca)


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