No Senior Jazz Feb 9

The district won’t be updating school status until 6:30am, but considering that DriveBC has issued a travel advisory for Hope through Langley (and the trees in my front yard are caked with ice) I’m going to cancel Senior Jazz for this morning. Please check the district website ( for updates regarding the rest of classes for the day.

No Senior Wind Ensemble for Wednesday, Feb 8

Dear Senior Wind Ensemble Families,

Considering the condition of side-streets in my own part of the community and I’m sure around the rest of the catchment, I will be cancelling Senior Wind Ensemble tomorrow morning to give all the kids some extra time to find their way to school safely tomorrow.  Though it looks like we have school tomorrow, please visit the school district website at tomorrow morning for the most current information regarding the rest of the day. Enjoy the sleep-in and drive safe tomorrow morning.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to email me.


PS – I hope to run Senior Jazz Band on Thursday and Junior Jazz Band on Friday but I will let everyone know one way or the other tomorrow dependant upon the weather, the driving conditions and any direction from the district.

Feb 6 – Snow Day

There will be no off timetable music lessons tomorrow as the district has cancelled school for students and teachers due to snow. Please check the SD35 website for details and further updates.

Exam week

Reminder that SrJazz & JrJazz are on for Mon/Tues. If you have a final that day email Mr. Follett and sleep in. Remember SrJazzFest is Feb1!

Thanks to our ESPRESSIVO donors

Thanks so much to our donors for ESPRESSIVO. Thanks to their support and the generosity of those who attended our show, we raised over $7000 in support of the musicians of DW Poppy. Thanks you all so much!

  • 4 Cats Studios
  • Arts Nursery
  • Balance Arts Studio
  • Bosley’s
  • Boston Pizza
  • Clearview Gardne Shop
  • Country Feeds
  • David’s Tea
  • Fraser Valley Cidery Company
  • Hilltop Café
  • JD Farms
  • Langley Communty Music School
  • Langley Golf Centre
  • Matermind Toys
  • Midas
  • Nikko Sushi
  • Pagoda Ridge
  • Ralph’s
  • Safeway
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Save On Foods
  • The Keg
  • Tim Hortons
  • *Barry Dashner
  • *Jenny Kennedy
  • *Sam Collie
  • *Numerous Anonymous Poppy Music Families

A few last minute reminders for ESPRESSIVO tonight…

Espressivo is 8 hours away so we wanted to send one last reminder out with a few details:

Ticket sales for the last-minute seating will begin at 5:00pm (Please do not arrive early as setup will be crazy and we have no way of accommodating a line or assisting with tickets prior to 5:00pm)

  • Dinner will be available for purchase from Big Red’s Poutine, This Little Piggy and Reel Mac & Cheese between 5:00 and 7:00pm tonight
  • The performances will start at 6:30pm
  • Silent Auction will close during the break before our final set (see the program tonight)
  • The show is likely about 2.5 to 3 hours. Clean up happens right afterward and many hands make light work so please stick around to help out

If you have not been to ESPRESSIVO before, you will want to bring cash for the following:

  • Balloon Pop ($5.00 for a balloon win at least a $5.00 gift card for coffee, music, movies etc.)
  • Popcorn ($1 per bag)
  • 50/50 Draw (2 tickets for $3 – You have to be here to win!)
  • iPad Mini 4 Raffle ($2 per ticket – You have to be here to win!)

Please remember that this evening is a fundraiser in support of the students’ musical experiences here at Poppy. We greatly appreciate your support and generosity and look forward to seeing everyone tonight!

If you missed out on ESPRESSIVO tickets…

We are excited to announce that ESPRESSIVO 2016 is a sold-out show! All 500 table seats available online have been sold, but we still want everyone who would like to come and see their kids perform to be able to attend. 

Based on our setup tomorrow afternoon, we may have a few additional table seats available for purchase for $12.00 at the door. If/when those sell out, we will have seating around the edge of the theatre-space available by donation. With apologies, we will likely not have deserts available beyond our table seating.

There will be another update regarding remaining other details later this evening, but for those of you who were unable to purchase tickets online, you can still see your kids perform and be part of this great night! See you all in 25 hours :)

Espressivo 2016 tickets are selling fast

Just a quick note to let everyone know that tickets are selling quickly for Espressivo on December 6, 2016. You can find more details about the event here and purchase tickets online at We’re still accepting donation for the silent auction and balloon pop so if you can contribute, it does wonders in building on the experiences that our students can have in the music program here at DW Poppy. It’s going to be a great night and we’ll look forward to seeing you there.

Amazing Grant Stewart show today!

It was a pleasure to host the Grant Stewart Trio today at DW Poppy. We we joined by students from Mountain, Fine Arts, Fundamental and Garabaldi in Maple Ridge. Grant (on Tenor Sax), Paul Sikivie on Bass and Philip Steward on Drums performed 8 tunes for the students. They were some more obscure standards from Bud Powell and other jazz legends. They also did a 30 minute question and answer session with the kids, a highlight being a demonstration of how to begin improvising by “decorating” the melody, using Body & Soul as an example.

It was a great show and I have a few CD’s left. If you’d like one, bring in $10 cash. Ifs run out, I’ll order a few from Cory next week.

Thanks for having the kids there after school and supporting their music education!