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Students can begin participating in the Concert Band
program when they start grade 7. Students can learn to play either a woodwind,
brass or percussion instrument. Instruments will be provided, free of charge to
them by the school. Students either take their instruments home to practice, or
can practice in the Band room before school starts each morning. Once students
become sufficiently proficient on their instruments, a smaller group will be
selected to play in the Jazz Band which begins in grade 8. Jazz Band is an
extracurricular activity in grade 8, but can be taken as a credit course in
grade 9. All grades participate in school performances such as the Winter and
Spring Concerts. The grade 8 and 9 Bands will also take part in the Winnipeg
Optimist Band Festival. The grade 9 Band has a long tradition of traveling to
Regina in order to take part in the Springfest Band Festival.
Offered in Grade 7 through 9, students are taught how to read, write and perform music on the instrument they choose. Each year, the band students take part in several school concerts for family and friends as well as at least one festival performance.
Offered only to Grade 9 students. Students learn to play the steel drums as an individual and as part of a larger ensemble. The steel drum students will put on several concerts throughout the year for the enjoyment of the community.
Offered only to Grade 9 students. Students will explore complex jazz concepts in jazz music in a 'big band' setting. Students will learn different jazz styles, some history and improvisation techniques. The jazz band students will put on several concerts throughout the year for the enjoyment of the community.