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



Tonight, all music students meet at Massey Cafeteria prior to 7 PM to pair up with an assigned volunteer parent driver.  We are canvassing neighbourhoods to let them know about our upcoming Bandathon/Choirathon event on November 2nd at noon at the Royal City Centre Mall.  Donations from community members go toward our festival experiences and travel costs to Halifax (Atlantic Music Festival) and Sun Peaks (Cantando Music Festival), as well as Scholarships, Bursaries, and instrument purchases/maintenance.  A Paypal equipped donation button is on the left side of this page for online donations. Questions?  Email Mr. Clements or Miss Proznick



Help our community reach our goals of connectivity and fundraising by supporting your child's participation in our Blitz Fundraiser evenings happening Thursday Oct 17 and Wednesday Oct 23 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Adult volunteers are needed. Come join us in a night of community and service!  Click on the link below to sign up:


Dear music parents/guardians,

A recent letter home gave details about this year's trips.  A summary of the letter is as follows: 

The NWSS Music Department is planning a trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the Senior Band, Chamber Choir, and Senior Vocal Jazz to attend and perform at the Atlantic Music Festival from April 28th to May 3rd. This is a unique opportunity for us, as Canadian West Coasters, to educate ourselves about Canada’s east coast.
At this time, we are requesting a non-refundable deposit of $300 to secure the hotel booking and flight tickets for this trip. This amount will be subtracted from the total cost, which at this time is estimated to be $1830. If you intend on participating, please submit your $300 deposit before October 11th. CHEQUES SHOULD BE MADE PAYABLE to the NWSS MUSIC AUX.

For the Grade 9/10 Band, and Jazz B and C, we are planning a trip to Sun Peaks for the Cantando Music Festival from April 17th - 19th.  At this time, we are requesting a non-refundable deposit of $100 to secure the transportation, hotel booking, and festival for this trip. This amount will be subtracted from the total cost, which at this time is estimated to be $375. If you intend on participating, please submit your $100 deposit before October 11th.  All band members are expected to come.   CHEQUES SHOULD BE MADE PAYABLE to the NWSS MUSIC AUX.


A PDF of the letters home can be found by clicking on the links below:

 Seniors Trip to Halifax.pdf


Juniors Trip/Jazz B and C to Sun Peaks.pdf


Upcoming Events

October 17th and 23rd - BLITZ nights for Bandathon/Choirathon

November 2 - Bandathon/Choirathon - Royal City Centre

November 7- Remembrance Day Assembly Rehearsal. 3:30pm- 9:30pm Massey Theatre.

November 8- Remembrance Day Assembly. Blocks A and B. Massey Theatre.

November 22 to 24- Possible Chamber Choir Retreat at Loon Lake.

Wednesday, December 4 - Winter Band Concert - in Massey Theatre at 7 PM

December 11- Winter Choral Concert. 3pm rehearsal. 7pm concert. Queens Avenue United Church.

Feb 3- “Rise Up” School Concert. Rehearsal 3:30pm-9:30pm.

Feb 4- “Rise Up” School Concerts. Blocks tbd.

Feb 26th-29th - NWSS Musical Theatre presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in MASSEY THEATRE

April 17th - 19th - Junior Band Trip to Sun Peaks Cantando Festival

April 28 to May 3- Band/Choir tour to Halifax.

May 23 - Jazz Nite (to be confirmed). All Jazz ensembles perform at Sapperton Pensioner's Hall

Wednesday, June 10 - June Revue Concert in Massey Theatre at 7 PM

June 12th - Choral Final Concert

June 25- Graduation Ceremonies. 7pm at Queens Park Arena.








Make a donation to the music department!

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.


Clothing Drive Fundraiser 

Any donations will count toward trips in 2020.

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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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 ( or Mr. Clements (

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