Providing Excellent Music Education in New Westminster Since 1960
Summer Band Camp
Register now for the NWSS Band Camp, Canada Edition! This year's band camp runs from July 3rd-21st, and the theme is "Canada: 150+ Years of Awesome" (all of the music will be Canadian or about Canada in some way). For the brochure/registration form, click below:
Royal City Swing's "Dust-Up" Event, June 10th, 7:30 PM at the Sapperton Hall
Featuring the grade 12 Jazz Band, Liquid Time. A free lesson in swing dancing is included in your ticket price for this event. Tickets are $15 and available at the music department through Mr. Clements
NWSS band students meet the Governor General of Canada
In March/April, our senior band students participated in an exchange with band students in Ottawa. 41 NWSS students went to Ottawa, where the students were able to tour local museums, Parliament, the Royal Canadian Mint, rehearse with the Canadian Forces Air Force Band, and meet His Excellency, the Governor General of Canada at Rideau Hall. An amazing opportunity, made available through Experiences Canada. Soon our students will host 43 students from Brookfield high School in Ottawa for a week, and the whole experience will culminate in a combined concert on April 30th at 7 PM at Douglas College.
Clothing Drive Fundraiser ONGOING ALL YEAR!
TO USE CLOTHING DRIVE FUNDS TOWARDS 2016-17 TRIPS ALL ITEMS MUST BE DROPPED OFF BEFORE JANUARY 12th. ANYTHING DROPPED OFF AFTER THAT DATE WILL BE HELD OVER FOR THE SPRING 2018 TRIP COSTS. PLEASE NOTE THAT BIG BROTHERS IS NOT ACCEPTING DONATIONS ON SATURDAYS.
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.
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.
Dates to Remember
ONGOING: Music Parents' Auxiliary Meetings: First Wednesday of every month in the bandrooom at 7 PM ALL PARENTS WELCOME!
NWSS Choral Concert, featuring all choral ensembles, Friday, May 26th at 7 PM at Holy Trinity Cathedral (514 Carnarvon Street). Tickets $8 at the door.
Final Year End Concert in Massey Theatre: June 8th, the spectacular "June Revue"
Senior Jazz Band "Liquid Time" plays for Royal City Swing Dance: Sapperton Hall 318 keary street 318 On Saturday June 10 2017.... two sets, 9:00 PM to 9:30 PM, then 10:30pm to 11:00pm.
Senior Jazz "Liquid Time" plays at Vancouver Jazz Festival, "Sounds of Youth" Stage at Vancouver Art Gallery: Sunday June 25th, 2 PM
PAST EVENTS from this school year:
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.
Senior Band Trip to Ottawa: March 29th-April 4th
JAZZ NIGHT at the METRO: April 12th, featuring all NWSS Jazz Ensembles. Tickets $20 in advance and $25 at the door
CHOIR TRIP TO BANFF (Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival): April 20th - 24th
Concert: Senior Band and Grade 10 Band and Brookfield High Band: at Douglas College Theatre (Laura C. Muir Theatre), Sunday, April 30th, 7:30 PM
HOSTING OTTAWA EXCHANGE STUDENTS: April 26TH - May 2nd
National Youth Band: Massey Theatre, 12:15 PM, Thursday, May 4th, FREE
Junior Band Trip to Sun Peaks: May 5th-7th
Donate to NWSS Music!
• 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.
Leave a legacy of harmony!
For more information on the many ways you can make a gift, email Miss Proznick or Mr. Clements: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.