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 http://bctf.ca/bcmea/honour-ensembles.html.
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.
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 email@example.com 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
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Just a quick reminder to all members of both Senior and Junior Jazz Ensembles that we have our clinics with bassist Jodi Proznick on Monday this week to prepare for Jazz Café on February 11.
- Senior Jazz Ensemble 10-12 will start promptly at 6:45am as we want to be warmed up and prepared for our 7:00-8:00am clinic.
- Junior Jazz Ensemble 8-9 will start right at 11:40 with the altered bell schedule and will be extending our lunch rehearsal until 12:45 to maximize our time. I have already informed grade 8 teachers about our extended rehearsal and have had no concerns voiced regarding being late back to C2 after lunch.
Please be prepared with everything, including a pencil and take a few moments to listen to some samples of Jodi’s quartet here: http://www.jodiproznick.com/albums/foundations/
If your family hasn’t bought tickets yet, visit http://poppyjazzcafe.brownpapertickets.com quick and I’ll see you in Monday’s rehearsals!
We’d like an opportunity to chat face to face about upcoming events with any and all interested parents. It will be a brief meeting to touch base as we head into second semester with coffee and dessert so we hope to see lots of people out for this evening.
On Wednesday, March 2, we will again be hosting the elementary bands from Coghlan, Fort Langley, North Otter, and Peterson Road along with the DW Poppy Elementary Honour Band. Band 10 and Senior Wind Ensemble will be performing their massed music as guest artists for the evening. The show will start at 7:00pm but Poppy students do not need to arrive until 7:30pm for their brief performance as they have their main concert the following week.
As we head off for spring break, this evening is a more traditional concert featuring our including Redhawks Voices, Senior Chamber Choir, Band 8, Band 9, Band 10, and Senior Wind Ensemble. Students have a 6:30pm call for this event and admission is by donation at the door.
The second newsletter for the Junior Tour to the Sun Peaks ConBrio festival went home with students on January 12th & 13th and a copy has also been emailed home. Updated Fundraising Balances have been posted in the band room hallway so students know how much they owe. Please ensure that your child’s final payment ($300 less their fundraising total) along with the permission and medical form is returned by Monday, February 1. If you have any concerns regarding making the financial deadline, please contact Mr. Follett (firstname.lastname@example.org).