Fundraising Balances are Updated

musicMoneyFundraising balances are posted in the band entryway. These are updated to include Neufeld’s from November, Poinsettias and the first Global Coffee order. You can apply this balance towards your second junior tour or senior tour payment. Please confirm that the amounts make sense and if you have any questions, please see Mr. Follett.

Thank you! ESPRESSIVO 2017 was a huge success!


Wayne and I are in the middle of our run of elementary holiday concerts so my apologies for the delay in the sending this out, but now that the dust has mostly settled from ESPRESSIVO 2017, we wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for all their hard work and the support everyone showed our kids that evening. We’re very excited to say that we have made over $8000 and are still receiving funds for the last few Silent Auction items.

A few notes:

  • There are a just a few auction items still awaiting pickup. We’d greatly appreciate wrapping that up before the holidays if at all possible. Please mail me at and we can organize a pickup time this week either in the music room or the office.
  • There is a very nice pair of sunglasses left behind. Let me know if you lost a pair.
  • Mark your calendar for December 5, 2018 and we hope to see you then!

Thank you to all the families, business and organizations who donated items to our Silent Auction. Also a thank you to TNT Wraps, Helm’s Mobile Kitchen, Shake & Cheese and Big Red’s Poutine for offering food service for our event. To all the parent volunteers who made the evening happen, especially Cathy Gropp and Laurel Horn who spearheaded the evening, it would never have happened without you.

Thank you all so very much for your ongoing encouragement and support of your child’s love of music!



ESPRESSIVO 2017 is finally here! The event the kids, Wayne, I and many of the parents have been working towards happens this evening. Here are few details to make the most of your evening:

Tickets: If you purchased tickets, you can check in outside the band room when you arrive starting at 5pm. Seats are first come, first serve so if you have a large group or are particular about where you are, don’t arrive too late.

If you didn’t get a ticket: Our 450 table seats are sold out (which we’re very happy to announce), but you can still attend by donation and sit in the bleachers as mentioned in the last post. We hope to see you there!

Dinner: There will be dessert and coffee through the evening but if you’re having dinner with one of our food trucks (Big Red’s PoutineWingsHelm’s Mobile Kitchen and Shake & Cheese), please arrive allow time for your meal to be made. Trucks will be serving from 5-7pm. If you haven’t been before, you’ll wait for a bit after you’ve placed your order as most everything is made fresh. Please give enough time to eat. Trucks all accept cash and some will take credit/debit as well.

Call/Performances: The first band (Senior Jazz) plays at 6:30pm. Call for all musicians is 6:15 (in uniform, ready to go) and we have three sets that will each run approximately 40-50 minutes with two 15 minute intermissions. Please be understanding that times are approximate. It’s a busy evening and we do our best to keep it moving. Students who are not performing in a given set are asked to find a seat in the bleachers to listen to the show and support their peers.

Guest Ensembles (Mass Choir and Honour Band): Mass Choir is closing the first set and Honour Band is opening the second set this year. We ask these musicians to be here for the 6:15 call as well so they can hear the groups before them.

Activities through the evening: We have a silent auction, BBQ draw, 50/50 draw, balloon pop, popcorn sales and more. Please remember these activities all support the activities of the students performing this evening so please give generously. We will be able to accept cash and cheques (payable to DW Poppy Secondary School) throughout the evening.

Clean-Up: As is tradition, many hands make light work and we ask that all DW Poppy Music Students stay at the end of the evening to assist with cleanup. The gym, band and choir rooms all need to be ready for classes on Thursday morning and the tables and chairs need to be ready for pickup. If you can help, we greatly appreciate it if you stack matching chairs and tables as directed by our volunteers.

One Final Note: Thank you to everyone who is helping out tonight and to Cathy and Laurel who have spearheaded this evening. Your work makes a huge impact on the opportunities we can offer the students so thank you all so very much!

ESPRESSIVO is Sold Out, but you can see the show

We’re pleased to announce that ESPRESSIVO 2017 is officially sold out, but you can see the show. While we have no table seats left (which include the desserts etc.) if you didn’t happen to get a ticket, you can see the show. We are opening the bleachers tomorrow evening for admission by donation as we want to ensure everyone sees the kids play if they want to.

I’ll post a final update this evening so check back tomorrow morning. See you tomorrow evening!

Only 74 tickets left for ESPRESSIVO, so if you haven’t yet, order them ASAP!

EspressivoHolidayCelebration2015Just a reminder that ESPRESSIVO: Holiday Celebration is just around the corner on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 and tickets are almost sold out. As of this morning, there were only 74 left so if you haven’t got yours yet, go online at quickly before they are gone. A few reminders:

  • Dinner: Remember, our food trucks will be serving from 5-7pm and most everything is made to order so please allow enough time to enjoy your meal. All trucks accept cash – debit and credit may be available.
  • Student Call: The show will start at 6:30pm so we ask that all students be here, in uniform ready to go no later than 6:15pm. (Please note, that will not be enough time for them to get food before the show).
  • Activities to support the kids: We have popcorn sales, our raffle, 50/50 draw and silent auction through the evening that all help to raise money to support your children’s musical activities here at Poppy. We will be able to accept cash and cheques that evening and, in advance, thank you so much for your generosity!

We have a great night of ahead and we look forward to seeing everyone there, so don’t miss out. Visit and get your tickets today!

ESPRESSIVO Tickets are now available!

Tickets for ESPRESSIVO: HOLIDAY CELEBRATION are now live at Tickets $12.00 per person for general admission seating and the show sells out, so please order your tickets quickly! (Musicians do not require tickets unless they are going to sit at tables with you when they are not performing). DW Poppy Music Department’s annual fundraising concert will be taking place on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. This year’s holiday spectacular involves more than 200 student performers in 5 concert bands, 2 concert choirs, 2 jazz bands, and jazz choir.

In addition to a night of great musical performances beginning at 6:30pm, food trucks including Big Red’s Poutine, Wings, Helm’s Mobile Kitchen and Shake & Cheese will have dinner available for purchase from 5-7pm. The evening also includes coffee and desserts, a “balloon pop” fundraiser, raffle a silent auction. Proceeds from the event help us subsidize costs to participate in festivals and competitions, put on concerts in the community to connect our students outside the school, bring in guest artists to work with our young musicians, and most importantly, to provide instruments and partial tour funding to our students in need who would otherwise be unable to participate, so thank you so much for your generous support!

If you have any questions about helping at the event, or you would like to make a donation towards the raffle or silent auction, please contact Cathy Gropp at or Laurel Horn at Laurel Horn

Thanks so much for your ongoing support of the musicians of DW Poppy. We look forward to seeing you here!

Mark & Wayne

Parent call for ESPRESSIVO!

Hello Poppy Music Parents!

Espressivo is almost here so we wanted to let everyone know about some of the ways you can get involved with this great event.  Espressivo will be held on Wednesday, December 6th.  For those of you who are new to our music program, this is our biggest fundraising event of the year.  It is a fantastic evening of seasonal music and dining presented by our incredible music department and dedicated parent volunteers.

In addition to performances by our DW Poppy bands and choirs, the event also includes food trucks for dining at the concert, a silent auction, a 50/50 draw, complimentary desserts, and a balloon pop fundraiser.

Espressivo is a big undertaking and we need your help!  Here are some of the ways that you can get involved and help us make this important event a success:

  1. Go to our volunteer sign-up page and see what volunteers are needed on the day/night of the event
  1. Consider making a donation for our silent auction &/or approaching businesses you may have a connection with (see ideas below). Our first concerts are November 7th and 8th, this would be a fantastic time to start bringing in donations!
  1. We also need someone to be in charge of the silent auction, to basically be a contact person for interested businesses and oversee soliciting new donations. This is an extremely important role, if you might be able to help with this, please email
  1. Donate a gift card or 2 for our very popular balloon pop (if you plan to give a $20 card, please note that 4 cards with $5 amounts are preferable to a single card because it will give us more balloons to pop, a few higher priced gift cards are great too if you have other amounts lying around the house J)

Silent Auction Donation Ideas:

  • event tickets (Canucks, concerts, etc)
  • winter sports/activities basket
  • holiday/Christmas theme basket
  • rain/snow survival kit
  • getaways
  • movie tickets and dinner gift card
  • LEGO basket
  • gardening basket
  • scratch ticket basket
  • bigger gift cards for dining, stores or services
  • sports memorabilia
  • gourmet tea/coffee or chocolate basket

Tax receipts are available for the value of the items donated.  Please include your name and contact information with your item.  Donations can be mailed in, dropped off at the office or picked up as needed.

Proceeds from Espressivo go to support:

  • subsidize costs to participate in festivals and competitions,
  • put on performances away from Poppy to connect our students outside the school,
  • growth of the department’s library of print music for band and choir
  • maintenance of our school instruments and purchase of additional instruments
  • bring in guest artists to work with our young musicians
  • provide instruments and partial tour funding to our students in need

If you have any questions or ideas for this year’s Espressivo, please contact Cathy or 604-807-8380 or Laurel Any and all help and donations are greatly appreciated and absolutely vital to the success of our event!


Cathy Gropp & Laurel Horn – Volunteers & Proud Poppy Music Parents

Junior Tour is on! Last call for interested participants.

We are very excited to announce that the Junior Tour to the Con Brio Whistler Music Festival is going ahead for Band 8, Band 9 and Junior Jazz Ensemble. We have well-exceeded the minimum numbers in those three ensembles to qualify for the festival and are very excited to be travelling with the kids in the spring. We will shortly be getting updated pricing based upon our final numbers so if your child has not returned their paperwork and are still interested in participating, please return registration (found on the Junior Tour page) by Tuesday, October 24.

Thank you to all the parents who have expressed interest in chaperoning. We would love to bring everyone but are limited by our budgets so we will be looking at our final numbers and budget and be in touch in the coming weeks to sort out who will be with us as chaperones. If you are interested in joining us and have not yet let us know, please send me an email at ASAP.