19/09/05: And we’re rolling…

It has been a busy week here in the Music Department. If you have not heard yet, Mr. Ablitt has left for a position closer to home in Surrey. We found out a week before school started so it has been a different startup this fall. Mr. Follett will be taking over the Band 9/CLE class this year I hope to be able to announce our new Choral Director and band/choir director at Wix-Brown and Coghlan shortly.

With the change in staff, there were a few edits missed with this year’s handbook caught after classes yesterday but the full corrected 19|20 – Handbook is available online here. We will be announcing tours next week (but sadly, we won’t be back to ConBrio Whistler this year as indicated in the first version of the handbook).

ACTION ITEMS: Your child needs your help with the following few things to get their year in music rolling.

  1. DUE ASAP: The need their instrument at rehearsal every class from now through the end of the year. If you haven’t got their instrument yet, please make that happen as soon as possible. Please let me know if you need support.
  2. DUE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13: SchoolsCashOnline order for Band Folders (Band 8’s and replacement orders), Sound Innovations Book II (Band 8’s and Band 9 replacements) and Senior Uniform Ties and Scarves (Grade 10’s and 11/12 replacements)
  3. DUE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13: Please complete and return your child’s 19|20 – Student Information and Understanding of Expectations Form
  4. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 – SAVE THE DATE: After the grade 8 and grade 12 parent nights will be our DW Poppy Music Parents AGM. I strongly encourage all new families to attend for a brief overview of the program and plans for the year. Poppy Music had over 50 parent volunteers involved last year that helped make the program so successful. I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Welcome to DW Poppy’s 2019|20 Season

After a restful summer, we wanted to welcome you back to DW Poppy Music for our 2019|20 season. We have a great year planned including:

  • October 22 is our District Choral Festival (SCC)
  • October 30 is our District Concert Band Festival (SWE)
  • Tuesday, November 5 and Wednesday, November 6, join us for our fall nights of music from our Juniors and Seniors respectively.
  • Wednesday, December 4th 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.
  • January 28, 29 or 30 (TBD) is the District Jazz Festival (SJB)
  • Wednesday, February 13 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
  • Wednesday, March 4 we host the Elementary Zone Concert
  • Tuesday, March 10 is the Sounds of Spring Concert (All non-jazz Ensembles)
  • April and May will see our Senior and Junior music tours which will be announced during the first week of school.
  • Tuesday, June 2 is our Night of Choirs.
  • Wednesday, June 10 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 me at mfollett@sd35.bc.ca – I look forward to a great year working with your children.

Busy week for band!

With our last full week of school upon us, this is a very busy week for instrumental musicians at Poppy.

  • Monday is Massed Band at lunch – all band students must attend this dress rehearsal
  • Wednesday morning is our final Senior Wind Ensemble rehearsal. Please in sure you’re there on time with all materials as will be collecting the remaining non-concert music.
  • Wednesday is our final concert and awards night. Call is 6:30 and the show starts at 7:00 – admission is by donation at the door.
  • As Wednesday is our final concert, it is also the last opportunity for students to take care of their second semester concert set up requirement. Set up will start right after school and should be rather quick. I expect we will be done the majority by 3:15. Please remember that concert set up is a requirement for all band students once a semester. If your child did not set up in March or at the jazz or choir night in the last few weeks, they do need to be there to meet this requirement.
  • As is tradition, Friday is the music lunch with Pizza on the department. Please drop by for a slice before the school awards assembly.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me. We have a great show planned for Wednesday and it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the successes and achievements of our young musicians.

Poppy Jazz Café on Thursday, May 23 @ Fort Langley Community Hall

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The DW Poppy Music Department is proud to our fourth Annual Poppy Jazz Cafe. Held at the Fort Langley Community Hall (9167 Glover Rd, Fort Langley, BC). This evening features music by our Junior and Senior Jazz Ensembles, the return of the DW Poppy Parent Staff Alumni Band (click for more info regarding our repertoire) and our guest artist, Malcolm Aiken. The performances begin at 7:00pm (musicians call is 6:30pm) and we look forward to celebrating the work of our young musicians and hearing the fabulous music of our phenomenal guest artist. 
Tickets are $10 and will be available AT THE DOOR (Please note that this is not a fundraiser. We only aim to cover the costs of putting on this wonderful event.) 
Setup crew needs to get their own ride to the Fort Langley Community Hall for 3:00pm to setup. Pizza dinner for the crew is on the department – parents are asked to provide an email or note granting permission for the kids to explore the village of Fort Langley once setup is done if they choose to. Also, if you are able to help out with a box-trailer to move our gear that day, please email me at mfollett@sd35.bc.ca and we will look forward to seeing everyone for Jazz Cafe on Thursday, May 23 at 7:00pm.


Parent/Staff/Alumni Band for Jazz Cafe – Rehearsal May 13

So it’s that time of year again. Jazz Cafe is happening on Thursday, May 23 at the Fort Langley Community Hall and it would be great to have a Parent-Staff-Alumni Band for the show again. We’ll prep 2 tunes for the show:

We will have a rehearsal before the show at 8:00pm in the Band Room at DW Poppy on Monday, May 13.

If you would like to look at the parts before the rehearsal, send me an email at mfollett@sd35.bc.ca

Spring Planting Fundraiser Now Online

photoIf you are looking for hanging baskets, potting plants, herbs, potting soil or other gardening materials, DW Poppy Music is running our next fundraiser right now. The order form has gone out to students but you can also download it here.

Spring Planting order form – 2019

Orders are due Friday, April 26, 2019 and can be picked up Wednesday, May 8th at the school. Thanks very much to Cathy Gropp for organizing this next fundraiser. Contact her at bercatnik@gmail.com if you have any questions and thank you for supporting our young musicians!

Kiwanis Jazz – Wednesday, February 13 (assuming schools are open and busses are running)

It certainly has been an interesting week so far 😊. Fingers crossed for tomorrow’s weather.

As long as classes are on tomorrow, Junior and Senior Jazz Ensembles will be attending the Vancouver Kiwanis Jazz Festival so please ensure your child arrives in the band room at 8:00am in their uniform with their instrument, music and a bag lunch as we will not have the opportunity to purchase one. We will be traveling by district busses to the  Bethany Baptist Church in Richmond. The email band member parents should have received at about 6:50pm Tuesday evening included another copy of the information letter that went out previously to clarify any other details. We will be back by 2:30pm as our buses are part of the regular school bus schedule.

Please check the district website Wednesday morning for any clarification necessary regarding weather. If for some reason your child is not attending tomorrow, please let me know so I am able to adjust our plans accordingly.

Many Thanks – Mr. Follett

P.S. Members of Senior Wind Ensemble, please remember that regardless of the weather, we have no rehearsal tomorrow before school due to the festival

No Junior Jazz today, February 12

While the district has not yet made a decision regarding school today, the snow is still falling here and I would rather ere on the side of safety. As such, I am cancelling our Junior Jazz rehearsal for this morning to give more time for roads to be plowed before anyone makes the trek to school. Please check the SD35 website and social media for the district’s call for the rest of the day.

REGARDING TOMORROW’S FESTIVAL IN RICHMOND: Please assume that we are still on for the Kiwanis Jazz Festival tomorrow, but I will email and post to social media and  www.dwpoppymusic.comregarding tomorrow’s participation as soon as I have more information.

  1. If your child hasn’t dropped off their permission form, today during the day or tomorrow morning will be fine
  2. I am still looking for one or two more chaperones so if you are available to join us, please let me know.

Many thanks and please share this to other members of the band



Semester 1 Reflections for Band 8, 10, SWE and JrJazz

We did Semester 1 self-reflections in class on Thursday and Friday which are open-ended. Students are simply asked to comment on the evidence students have of the work they have done and progress they have made in the last 5 months considering:

  • Music Literacy (knowledge)
  • Technique (playing it “right”)
  • Artistry (connecting your performance with other musicians and the audience)
  • Musician’s Mindset (the non-musical thought processes and actions involved in learning and playing).

Students who did not complete them in class are reminded to submit them by Monday morning.