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COMING THIS JULY...

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NWSS BAND CAMP:  FOOD EDITION

“If music be the food of love, play on.” - William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.  

Experience three weeks of music-making in the heart of the high school, the NDub Bandroom.  Students will endeavor to learn to play instruments together, under the tutelage of the Fantastic Mr. Sykes and the Astonishing Mr. Clements.  This year's theme is food;  therefore, all musical repertoire will relate to food and nutrition, culminating in a potluck concert on the final day of Band Camp in Queen's Park.  An exciting summertime adventure for all musical personalities!  The brochure can be viewed/printed here:

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Cost: $160

Dates: July 4th - 22nd

Time: 9 AM to 12 Pm, Monday-Friday

Questions?  Email Mr. Sykes or Mr. Clements  (jsykes@sd40.bc.ca, sclements@sd40.bc.ca)

 

 

Band/Choir Dept Handbook and Registration Form


Click here to read the NWSS Music Department Band/Choir Handbook.

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.

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!

Dates to Remember

The 2016-17 school year events have not been finalized at the current time for the Music Department.

 

LAST YEAR's EVENTS: A Recap

 

 Aug 31st - Sept 4th:   Marching Band Camp, 2:30-4 PM 

September 8th:  School reopens

September 25th: NWSS Marching Band performs at Mercer Stadium for the halftime show at the Hyacks Homecoming Game

October 2nd: University Of Calgary Wind Ensemble, Block A, Massey Theatre

October 17th:  Bandathon

November 26th:  Transformation: A Choral Concert  - Block A and B, All Senior Choirs 

December 2nd:  Concert featuring NWSS Honour Winds Ensemble and Senior Concert Band at Douglas College Theatre, 7:30 PM

December 9th:  Winter Concert in Massey Theatre, featuring all bands, 7 PM

December 16th:  Jazz 12 (Plasmabeast), Saximus Maximus, and Dysfunktional perform at the Heritage Grill. 7:00 PM

January 15th:  Winter Choral Concert - Christian Reformed Church - 8255 13th Ave Burnaby BC, 7 PM

January 28th:  Workshop with musicians from "Songs of Resilience: The Queer Songbook".  Time TBA; the choir room

Feb 5th:  The King's Singers workshop and evening field trip to the Vancouver Symphony's "Soul of the Tango"

February 19th and 20th:  Envision Jazz Festival,  Bell Centre, Surrey.  All jazz groups 

March 1st:  District Choral Festival  10 AM to 1 PM, Massey Theatre

April 6th-11th Senior Trip to New Orleans

April 28th Whistler Cantando Festival 8 Am departure, 11 PM return, Chamber Choir and Senior Choir

May 6th:  Vocal Jazz Workshop at Capilano University

April 20th-24th Junior Trip to Banff - Rocky Mountain Festival

May 19th: Mayday for Juniors and Seniors, and Kiwanis Music Festival for Honour Winds Ensemble

May 27th: Spring Choral Concert; location TBA, tickets $8 from Miss Proznick or at the door

June 8th, 2016: June Revue Concert, Massey Theatre, 7 PM

June 27th:  Choral Department Banquet, Massey Cafeteria (potluck), 5:30 PM, all choir students

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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