A year ago we planned this event as a “one-off” but it was such a success, we’re excited to be back welcoming all musicians from our family of schools. With students from DW Poppy, Coghlan, Fort Langley, North Otter, and Peterson Road we have over 300 student musicians performing this evening. 

Thank you all so much for joining us! Sit back and enjoy the show!


Members of the Kwantlen First Nation


Fort Langley Elementary

Zombie Dance – Michael Story

Star Wars – John Williams, Arranged by Carl Strommen

North Otter Elementary

We are Young – fun, Arranged by Michael Story

Furioso – Robert W. Smith

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Coghlan Elementary

Trombones in Paradise – Jordan Sterk

Flight of the Banshee – Roland Barrett

Peterson Road Elementary

Rolling in the Deep – Adkins & Epworth, Arranged by Robert Longfield

Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man, Arranged by Michael Kamuf

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DW Poppy Elementary Honour Band

Mission Impossible – Lalo Schifrin, Arranged by Michael Sweeney

Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond, Arranged by Johnnie Vinson


Senior Jazz Ensemble

Runaway Baby – Bruno Mars et al., Arranged by Paul Murtha

Heartache Tonight – The Eagles, Arranged by Paul Murtha

September – Earth, Wind & Fire, Arranged by Mark Taylor

Junior Choir

I’m Still Standing – Arranged by Pete Schmutte

Joyful, Joyful (from Sister Act 2) – Arranged by Roger Emerson

Concert Band 9

Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi, Arranged by Paul Murtha

Blinding Lights – Abel Tesfaye (The Weekend) et al., Arranged by Matt Conaway

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“Jaidyen and Everyone Else” (according to one of “Everyone Else”)

Taylor Swift: 1989 – Taylor Swift et al., Arranged by Johnnie Vinson

Man Choir

The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Arranged by Roger Emerson

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Concert Band 10

Soul Bossa Nova – Quincy Jones, Arranged by Michael Story

Pirates of the Caribbean – Geoff Zanelli, Arranged by Johnnie Vinson

Vocal Jazz

Another Day of Sun (from La La Land) – Arranged by Jacob Narverud

At Last – Arranged by Mac Huff

Concert Band 8

Skyfall – Adkins & Epworth, Arranged by Robert Longfield

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift et al., Arranged by Michael Brown

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Senior Choir 

Alberta Homesteader (from Three Alberta Cowboy Songs) – Arranged by Trent Worthington

Blood on the Saddle (from Three Alberta Cowboy Songs) – Arranged by Trent Worthington

Junior Jazz Ensemble

You’re Welcome – Lin-Manuel Miranda, Arranged by John Wasson

Chameleon – Herbie Hancock, Arranged by Michael Sweeney

Senior Wind Ensemble

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson et al., Arranged by Jay Bocook

The Incredibles – Michael Giacchino, Arranged by Jay Bocook

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DW Poppy Music’s Massed Band

Gathering of Eagles – Bob Baker, Reimagined by Robert Buckley

Great Balls of Fire – Blackwell & Hammer, Arranged by Nick Baratta

Thank you, thank you, thank you…

What you see and hear this evening is possible because of the work and support of so many people behind the scenes and we want to thank everyone who has been part of this…

To the elementary teachers… Thank you for your flexibility with our wacky teaching schedules that allow us to continue to connect with your students so we can begin to call them ours too!

To the DW Poppy teachers… Thank you for sharing these highly involved kids between their music, academics and other electives, athletics and all the other activities here at DW Poppy. It’s how we all manage to keep creating amazing large-school experiences for kids in our smaller, highly connected community.

To the school and district administration in the DW Poppy Family of Schools… Thank you Diane Smilie, Alan Joo, Logan Kitteringham, Daniel Woelders, Christine Lambie, Aaron Powell, Kurt Reynaud, Marcello Moino and Mal Gill. Your ongoing support of music throughout the DW Poppy Family of Schools is key to creating opportunities like tonight for the children in our community.

To the parents… Thank you for encouraging your children’s interest in music. From ensuring your kids remember their instrument and music on band days, to driving them for early morning rehearsals, your support encourages and allows your kids to be involved in something bigger than themselves. Also, to our amazing team of of volunteers this evening who did fundraising, managed our silent auction and Winter Celebration activities, helped supervise kids while we attended festivals, transported instruments to various performance venues, knocked on doors and even took on 3 or 4 days to chaperone our junior and senior tours, other than the music, your efforts help the kids (and us!) more than you will ever know. 

Finally, to the kids… Thank you for taking “reasonable risks” and making awesome mistakes as part of learning,. Thank you for remembering to finish every “I can’t” statement with “yet”. Most of all, thank you for choosing to spend your time making music with us this year. To the grads, we look forward to stories of your further adventures next year, and beyond and to all the rest of you, “Rack’em and Stack’em” and we’ll see you in September!