September 4th

welcome back

It was fantastic to meet so many East Wiltshire grade 7 students at band camp, and I am really looking forward to meeting all of the grade 8 and 9 students next week!

As many of you know, I was the band director at Stonepark Intermediate for 25 years. I am now  feeling very lucky to be part of the East Wiltshire school community, and I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of students and parents during this school year. 

This new band blog will be an important source of information for the band program. Please check the home page regularly for news.
Please note that I will not be sending group e-mails throughout the year, as the blog will be the primary source of information for the band program.  

In order to receive automatic e-mail notifications when new posts are added, please follow the blog by entering your e-mail address on the home page. My school email address is Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Google classroom is another tool that students will be using again this year to support their learning in the band program.  More information on this will be provided in a future post.

Band Rehearsals

 Please find below the tentative weekly early morning  band rehearsal schedule for 2019-20. 

Early morning rehearsals will begin on Monday, September 16th.

Students are asked to be in the band room ready to play at 7:45 a.m. on early am band days. The main doors to the school will be open at 7:30 a.m.

 Monday (7:45-8:45): Jazz Band
Tuesday: (7:45-8:45): Grade 9 Band
Wednesday: (7:45-8:45):  Grade 8 Band
Thursday:  (7:45-8:45): Grade 9 Band
Friday: (7:45-8:45):  Grade 7 Band

*Should it be necessary to make any changes, students will be informed, and updates will be posted here on the band blog.

 Thank you for your past and future support in providing transportation for your children to early morning band classes!

School Supplies for Band Classes

Students are asked to please bring the following supplies to band classes.

-a pencil

-a ½ inch or 1 inch binder (black)

Optional, but useful:

-10 protective plastic sleeves (for 3 ring binders)

-a music stand to facilitate home practice

Early Morning Band Cancellation Policy

There may be times when I have to cancel or reschedule extracurricular practices. I will always give you as much notice as I can when this happens.

Should a rehearsal be canceled, an announcement will be made at school the day before, or on the radio (CBC, Hot 105.5, Ocean 100) in the morning. An announcement will also be posted on the band blog.

On stormy mornings, please ensure that there are no school cancellations or delays before leaving for band practice. School cancellations and delays which affect East Wiltshire will result in the automatic cancellation of early morning band rehearsals. More detail about cancellations can be found by clicking on the tab in the menu at the top of the page (

Band Concerts

Participation in band concerts is a highlight of the band experience, and attendance at scheduled performances is a required element of the East Wiltshire band program; please note concert dates as they are provided, and mark them in your calendars. If conflicts arise, please contact me in advance and we will work it out together.

I am looking forward to a great year with the East Wiltshire band students!