A few notes for parents as we get the year started…
- Off-timetable rehearsals are the same as last year. For new Grade 8’s, Junior Choir is Monday & Thursday at 6:45am and Junior Jazz Band is Tuesday & Friday at 6:45am.
- Our first parent meeting is at 7:30pm (after the grade 8 parent night) on Thursday, September 20. We ask that interested grade 12 parents join us when the grade 12 parent meeting ends.
- Please be sure your child’s name is on their instrument case and you have the model and serial number written down at home. Instruments can look identical and this helps ensure there is no confusion.
- Documents you should see coming home no later than Monday, September 10:
- DW Poppy Music Handbook – 18|19 – Please familiarize yourself with the calendar of events and policies for the music department.
- Musician’s Commitment Contract – 18|19 – Please return this by Friday, September 14, 2019
After a restful summer, we wanted to welcome you back to DW Poppy Music for our 2018/19 season. We have a great year planned including some new events.
- District Choral Festival (SCC)
- November 6th and 7th, join us for our fall nights of music from our Seniors and Juniors respectively.
- District Concert Band Festival (SCB)
- December 5th is this year’s ESPRESSIVO: Holiday Spectacular. Kick off the holiday season with family, friends, food and holiday favourites compliments of all our ensembles here at Poppy.
- District Jazz Festival (SJB)
- March 6 we host the Elementary Zone Concert
- March 12 is the Sounds of Spring Concert (All DWP Ensembles)
- May 2-5 is the department-wide tour to the Con Brio Whistler Music Festival. This is a first travelling with the entire program and we are very excited!
- May 23rd is the Poppy Jazz Cafe, featuring our jazz ensembles: Junior Jazz Ensemble, Senior Jazz Ensemble, Poppy Vox Vocal Jazz, our guest ensemble and the return of the Parent/Staff/Alumni Band at the Fort Langley Community Hall
- June 3 is our Night of Choirs at Fort Langley Community Hall.
- June 12 is our Night of Bands at DW Poppy
The website is currently being updated, so be sure to check back often. If you have questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com and we look forward to a great year working with your children.
We rarely adjust our calendar once it is set, but after consulting with students and staff, this is a reminder that we have adjusted our final concert dates to accommodate the AP English class trip to Bard on the Beach. Please update your calendars at home accordingly:
- ALL Choirs: Monday, June 11 at the Fort Langley Community Hall
- ALL Bands: Wednesday, June 13 at DW Poppy
Based on Wednesday’s in class vote, here are three finalists
We need ideas for a pop tune for each band that has been arranged for concert band already. If you would like to have some input on our final set, please email me a link by April 3 (before we come back to class) from JWPepper as described below.
Follow the link here: https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/concert-band-music.jsp to the concert band listings for JW Pepper (think Amazon for music programs) and search for songs you’d like to play. Be sure you’re in the band listings and looking for the right difficulty:
- Band 6/7 – Very Easy
- Honour Band – Very Easy or Easy
- Band 8 & 9 – Easy or Medium Easy
- Band 10 – Medium Easy or Medium
- Band 11/12 (SWE) – Medium or Medium Advanced
As we’re reflecting in all classes post-concert, here are the recordings of the Senior Wind Ensemble’s set from Tuesday, March 13 and the reflection assignment. Due Friday, March 16 (student in Europe, due upon your return to school).
Photo schedule, in uniform in band room.
11:33-Senior Jazz 10-12
11:36-Senior Wind 11/12
11:39-Senior Concert Choir 10-12
11:42-Poppy VOX 10-12
11:45-Redhawk Voices 8/9
11:53-Junior Jazz 8/9
Concert Call – 6:30pm
A reminder of a few very important things for our last week before break around concerts, photos and rehearsals:
- Early morning rehearsal are back to normal for Monday and Tuesday of next week.
- Senior Wind Ensemble is performing at the elementary concert Monday night. Call for the band is 7:30. The band is closing the night.
- Yearbook photos for ensembles will take place on Tuesday March 13 at lunch. All students need to be in uniform at lunch time. It will be a tight timeline so please ensure you’re here, prepared and on time.
Tuesday, March 13 Yearbook Photos
- 11:30-Band 10
- 11:33-Senior Jazz Ensemble 10-12
- 11:36-Senior Wind Ensemble 11/12
- 11:39-Senior Concert Choir
- 11:42-Poppy VOX
- 11:45-Redhawk Voices
- 11:49-Band 09
- 11:53-Junior Jazz Ensemble 8/9
- 11:57-Band 08
We have our spring concert on Tuesday, March 13. Call is 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:00pm. Performers on Tuesday are:
- Band 08
- Redhawk Voices
- Band 09
- Band 10
- Senior Concert Choir
- Senior Wind Ensemble 11/12
Thanks so much for your ongoing support of your child’s music education!