The tour continued with more workshops, food and our first performance.
SWE and Band 10 had an excellent workshop with Tubist and conductor Alain Caszes while other students had some more time to explore the underground city. During our lunch break, a small group of us trekked across downtown to the iconic Schwartz’s Deli for the classic Montreal smoked meat sandwiches, pickles and cherry Cokes.
After lunch, we performed for residents of Ambiance Ile Des Soeurs Senior Residence. The kids did an exceptional job and the residents were very touched by the kids’ show. We headded off to the Montreal BioDome (where the Penguins were a particular hit) and the Olympic Park for a spectacular view of the city.Dinner was at Le Piment 2 where we were entertained by a guitar and tenor sax jazz duo.
We were very proud of the kids today as they represented themselves, the music department and the school very well. Sunday is an early morning so hopefully they will grab a few more hours of sleep!
Today was jam-packed! After breakfast at the hotel, we headed into McGill for our workshops. SCC and Vox shared their time with Dr. Jean-Sebastien Vallee. He did some amazing work with the kids, a particular treat being their second run of Woodsmoke and Oranges. After lunch, Senior Jazz worked with Joe Sullivan. We focused on groove, which resulted in some great video of some of the trumpet section’s fancy footwork.
We had a great tour of the city given by our guide Oscar. This included the Place des Armes, the Notre-Dame Basicilica, and the underground city – 23 square kilometres of retail and office space networking underneath Montreal.
After a delicious dinner at Essence we headed off to Cirque Du Solei’s Luzia. It had amazing music (ask you kids about the Tuba and Xylophone tune), some amazing spectacles (ask about the giant falling water fish) and, well, just ask about the contortionist.
It was a great first full day in Montreal.
After nearly meeting at DW Poppy, we headed off to YVR. A quick breakfast after our trip through security and we were on our way to Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport. The kids did really well on the flight, which was uneventful. Dinner at the hotel followed by some shopping, some time in the pool and we’re heading off to bed. Follow on Twitter, FB or Instagram @dwpoppymusic for updates throughout tomorrow’s adventures at McGill, on our walking tour and our visit to Cirque!
I sent an email yesterday, but a reminder that there will be no senior jazz band today. Get your recordings done (they were due MARCH 3!!!) and I’ll see you Monday.
DW Poppy Music Parents’ Pub Night Fundraiser
- Saturday, April 2nd, 2016. 5:00-?
- Murrayville Town Pub (22070 48a Ave, Langley, BC V3A 8G3)
- Purchase your tickets at the concert on Wednesday, March 9th at DW Popy
- Silent Auction , 50/50, Door Prizes and more!
- Contact parent Sam Colliewith any questions.
- Fresh rolls and butter
- Tossed Green Salad
- Classic Caesar Salad
- Hot vegetables
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Slow Roasted, AAA Canadian Roast Beef
- Gravy and Horseradish
- A choice of a glass of local beer, a glass of local wine or a bar highball
- *********** Chicken or Vegetarian options available**************
This is a great event for parents to enjoy! Come out and have some fun while supporting the DW Poppy Music program. Meet other parents of musical students and bring a friend for a nice dinner out. Everyone is welcome!
Ticket order forms have been distributed at school or simply bring $25 per ticket to our concert on Wednesday March 9th and purchase them there!
Students have received Global Coffee order forms at school this week. Orders are due on Friday, March 11 and coffee delivery will take place after Spring Break. Please contact Mr. Ablitt with any questions.
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!
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 www.dwpoppymusic.com/live) 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!
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!!!!
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!