Providing Excellent Music Education in New Westminster Since 1960

Rock Show

Do you like classic rock? Bands such as Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, and the Police?  On Saturday March 4th, a fantastic local rock show will be held at the Columbia Theatre in New West, with partial proceeds going toward the NWSS Music Department.  Get your tickets today!   Visit the Columbia’s website,, scroll down to the poster for Great Gig in New West, click it and then get directed to Eventbrite or can just go straight to Eventbrite at


Clothing Drive Fundraiser ONGOING ALL YEAR!



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.



December Band Concert

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:

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.




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.

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 




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)


February 8th to 12th:  LEGALLY BLONDE, THE MUSICAL.  In Massey Theatre, tickets available online:

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: or 

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