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Striking the Right Notes: Middle Years Students Unite for "Band Celebration"

May 21, 2024
Middle Years Students Unite for "Band Celebration"

On Thursday, May 9, the sounds of music filled the halls of Gordon Bell High School as middle-year students from across the Winnipeg School Division came together for the annual "Band Celebration" event. 

The highly anticipated yearly event, which took place at Gordon Bell, brought together Grade 7-9 students from 14 Winnipeg School Division schools to play exciting and challenging band repertoire together.

The ensemble was made up of from the following schools:

  • Andrew Mynarski School 
  • Isaac Newton School 
  • Elmwood High School 
  • Keewatin Prairie Community School 
  • General Wolfe School
  • École Lansdowne
  • George V School
  • École River Heights School 
  • Gordon Bell High School 
  • Sargent Park School 
  • Grant Park School
  • Shaughnessy Park School 
  • Isaac Brock School 
  • St. John's High School

Under the direction of Elmwood High School band director Mark Sawatzky, students spent the day learning 3 different song selections and participating in sectional rehearsals led by band directors from throughout the division. 


By the end of the day, the band was able to play a dynamic and exciting concert for family, friends and community members.


Nic, a Grade 8 student from Gordon Bell High School, said, “It was so great to be able to play my French horn with other French horn players from across the division. I loved how positive everyone was and all the work we did making music together.”  

The event was a huge success, bringing music educators and students together to connect and create musical magic. 


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