March Music Update – It’s CRAZY busy this week

First of all, a massive congratulations to Mr. Ablitt and all of the students involved in the very successful production of SISTER ACT for a job well done!
We have one week left before Spring break, but it is particularly busy so we wanted to post a quick reminder of everything going on. A quick note that senior tour paperwork is out now and I hope to have more information out for junior tour shortly. We have a few more announcements that we’ll make later this week, but to get a handle on what’s going on, here’s the next week of activities:
Monday, March 6
  • Senior Jazz and Redhawk Voices Rehearsal ARE ON AS USUAL
  • Band 10 – Have you dropped off your Chilliwack Band Festival paperwork yet?
  • Neufeld Farms pickup at DW Poppy at 6:00pm tonight
Tuesday, March 7
  • Senior Chamber Choir and Junior Jazz Ensemble Rehearsals ARE ON AS USUSAL
  • Elementary Zone Concert starts at 7:00pm
  • Anyone who can help setup after school is greatly appreciated
  • Call for SWE and all touring members of Concert Band 10 is 7:30 as guest performers for the show
Wednesday, March 8
  • Senior Wind Ensemble IS ON AS USUAL (Band 10 members who are on tour need to join us by 7:45am for a dress rehearsal on our massed tune)
  • Sounds of Spring Concert – 6:30pm Call w/ 7:00pm start
  • All DW Poppy Musicians are performing this evening
    Admission by donation at the door

Thursday, March 9

  • Concert Band 10 participates in the Chilliwack Band Festival
  • Band 10 meets in the band room at 8:30am in uniform
  • We will be back no later than 2:00pm
    **We are still looking for 1-2 parent volunteers to help chaperone the day
    **Rugby 7’s players who are driving back after our performance need to contact me regarding necessary district paperwork

Friday, March 10

  • Senior Tour Medical and Permission Forms due today
  • Last day before break. Please take instruments home today so they are not here over the holiday.
Saturday, March 11 – SPRING BREAK!!! See you in 2 weeks
Thank you again for your flexibility around the snow that has taken up residence here on the South Coast and to the kids for their hard work over the last two months! Let us know if you have any questions or concerns and we’ll look forward to seeing you at at least one of our shows this week.
Mark & Wayne

Neufeld’s Round 2 – DUE THURSDAY FEB 23!

We have second round of Neufeld’s orders with a very quick turnaround. Forms are linked here: NeufeldsOrderFeb2017 and hard copies are in the band room hallway in “the rack”but everything needs to be back by Thursday, February 23 (day before the pro-d next week) so we have a 7 day turn-around. Please be sure your kids drop orders off in the Black Box on the Band Room Office Door, NOT the main office.
Current fundraising balances are already posted in the band hallway and will be updated with this new round as soon as possible.
Thanks so much to Mrs. Niiranen for taking this on again!
Mark & Wayne

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!