Congratulations Musical Theatre! (And now back to our regularly scheduled programming…)

Congratulations to the cast, pit and crew of Footloose on a great run! It’s been six months of work and you should all be proud of your accomplishment!

With the show over, this is also a reminder that rehearsals are back to normal this week. SCC, SWE, RedHawk Voices, Junior and Senior Jazz are all on as usual and remember that SCC, SWE and RedHawk Voices are in final rehearsals for concert in 10 days so all hands on deck! 


DW Poppy’s first Jazz Cafe a great success

  It is two weeks in the rear-view mirror, but I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their work setting up for and performing at the first DW Poppy Jazz Cafe. Poppy Vox and the Junior and Senior Jazz Bands performed very well and it was a pleasure to hear the Jodi Proznick Quartet perform a phenomenal set in such a great venue.

 Thank you to Principal Balan Moorthy, Vice-Principal Gord Yu and Assistant Superintendent Claire Guy for joining us for the evening. Thanks to Jodi Proznick for working with the bands and performing that evening with Tilden Webb, Jesse Cahill and Steve Kaldestad. Thanks to the Fort Langley Community Improvement Association for hosting us at the Community Hall. Thanks to Rachel Bolongaro, Cathy Gropp and Karen McNeilly for assisting with the setup and a special thanks to Monty Hayter for streaming the event (here at and Griffin Hayter for his phenomenal program and graphic design.

After such a great evening, I think it’s safe to say we look forward to seeing you at Jazz Cafe 2017!

Neufeld Farms Pickup

  Thank you to everyone who participated in the second round of Neufeld Farms Fundraising. A quick reminder that pickup for this round of orders is on the evening of Tuesday, March 8th.

Many thanks to Mrs. Niiranen for taking this fundraiser on for us again!!!!

Jazz Band and Choir Photos

  This Wednesday, March 2, members of the jazz and vocal ensembles are reminded to bring their full uniforms to school for yearbook photos in the band room at lunch. Ensembles having photos done include:

  • Junior Jazz Ensemble
  • Senior Jazz Ensemble
  • Redhawk Voices
  • Senior Chamber Choir
  • Poppy Vox

See you there!

March 9 – Sounds of Spring Concert

A reminder to members of our concert bands and choirs of your upcoming concert on Wednesday, March 9th. Call is 6:30pm and the show will begin at 7:00pm. Performers include (in no particular order):

  • Redhawk Voices
  • Senior Chamber Choir
  • Band 8
  • Band 9
  • Band 10
  • Senior Wind Ensemble

Setup will take place immediately after school and admission is by donation. See you at the show!

March 2 – Elementary Zone Concert

A reminder to members of Senior Wind Ensemble that you are performing this Wednesday, March 2 at the DW Poppy Elementary Zone Concert. The show will begin at 7:00pm but your performance will (likely) be between 7:30 and 7:45pm. Thanks for playing this evening and supporting the continued growth of music at DW Poppy! If you have specific questions, please contact Mr. Ablitt or Mr. Follett.

Setup for Jazz Cafe

We are looking for students who are able to get rides up to the Fort Langley Community Hall after school on Thursday to assist with the setup for the concert. Students will be supervised by Mr. Follett and Mr. Ablitt and we do not expect setup to  take too long (around 4:00pm we hope) but for those students who are not able to head home between setup and the show, we will provide pizza for dinner. If you are willing to allow your child to explore Fort Langley on their own after setup, please provide them with a note giving them permission to leave the community hall without supervision after setup is complete. If you’re able to join us to help with setup, any help is greatly appreciated.

2016/17 Provincial Honour Bands and Honour Choirs auditions online now for grade 9, 10 and 11 students.

Every fall on the October Professional Development Day, the BC Music Educators’ Association (BCMEA) hosts 5 provincial honour ensembles: Concert Band , Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz and Orchestra. This is an opportunity for interested students to work together with the best musicians of their age group in the province. Audition materials are now live on the BCMEA website. We are happy to help students prepare and record their auditions.

We strongly encourage any interested grade 9, 10 and 11 students to check out the information online and come to see us with questions. This is a great opportunity for students to work with like-minded young musicians from around the province to work on some exceptionally challenging music and have a lot of fun.

Check out the audition process and requirements here at

Fundraising Balances

Please note that any funds raised up to the cost of this year’s trip can be refunded if you have already paid off the cost of the trip. Anything in your child’s account beyond the cost of the trip can be “banked” for next year. Current account balances are posted in the band room hallway.


NEUFELD FARMS – February 2016


Thanks to parent Vicki Niiranen, we are running the Neufeld Farms fundraiser again.  Order from the wide variety of goodies available through Neufeld Farms by Thursday, February 25. Paperwork is available in the band room or for download here and help cover the cost of your child’s travel to Sun Peaks or Montreal.

  • All cheques must be payable to DW Poppy Music and will not be accepted after Thursday, February 25th, 2016
  • Pickup will be on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:00pm at DW Poppy.
  • Please contact parent coordinator Vicki Niiranen at if you have any questions.

Click on the link below to see how to fill out the forms (which are available in the band room) and good luck!

Neufeld – HowTo