Rehearsals tomorrow

Grade 7 early morning band rehearsal will be held as usual tomorrow morning.

There will be a full band rehearsal for grade 9’s tomorrow during period 5. 9D and 9B students are asked to please bring their instruments and music to school tomorrow.

Grade 8 early morning band practice will be held as usual on Wednesday morning.

All students are asked to bring their instruments home on Wednesday after school to complete playing assignments (see Google Classroom) and to practice for the concert at Bluefield on Tuesday, November 8th.

Happy Halloween!

Grade 9’s to perform for Remembrance Day Ceremony

The EWS Grade 9 Band has been asked to perform at the November 11th Royal Canadian  Legion Remembrance Day ceremony which is being held this year in Crapaud. Having our young people perform at this service is a longstanding tradition in our community.

Details about what time band students will be asked to arrive at the cenotaph will be provided at a later date, but I wanted to let you know about this important performance in advance. If your child is going to be away on that date and is unable to attend, please let me know as soon as possible.

The grade 9 band will also perform at the school Remembrance Day assembly on Thursday, November 10th during period 1.

Band Fundraiser Closes on Monday, November 14th. Online sales extended to Friday, November 18th

There is still time to sell a few more jars or purchase them yourself as Christmas gifts for friends and family. Thank you for supporting extra-curricular band activities!

Please read the information in the links below for answers to frequently asked questions:

EWS Band Fundraising Campaign Instructions

Here are a few highlights:

  • Online sales are encouraged and paper order forms are also available
  • Every jar sold will give us 46% towards our goal. 
  • Each jar costs only $12. 
  • Everyone who sells 6 jars or more will be invited to attend the ice cream sundae party.
  • For every jar sold, Recipes in a Jar will donate a free meal to our local food bank. 
  • Ingredients lists and portion sizes can be found online.
  • Recipes in a jar also make a great Christmas gift! Do your Christmas shopping in a quick, easy, delicious and socially responsible way.
  • Cash, cheques, or e-transfer are accepted.
  • The address for etransfer is
  • Please specify “band fundraiser”, student name, and homeroom on e-transfers and cheques and on envelopes containing cash.
  • Another important way to contribute to our campaign is by sharing this message with your network (family, colleagues, friends, corporate contributors).

Visit our online store here: EWS Band Recipes in a Jar


Important Band News

Grade 7, 8 and 9 Band students have been invited to perform in a short concert at Bluefield High School on Tuesday, November 8th at 7:00 p.m.! More details will follow, but please note the date. Parents, guardians and friends of the students are welcome to attend. Grade 8 and 9 students have been asked to check to make sure that their uniforms still fit, and new students are asked to see me this week to pick up a band uniform. Orders for grade 7 white t-shirts and vests will be placed this week. If they don’t arrive in time for this early fall concert, grade 7 students will be asked to wear black pants and a solid colour t-shirt.

Band fees are due by November 25th. Band fees are used to cover the cost of band supplies (reeds, valve oil, cork and slide grease, white shirts for uniforms, etc.). If paying by cheque, cash or e-transfer, please indicate that the $25 is for band fees. The address for etransfers is Please ensure to indicate student name, homeroom and reason for payment.

EWS bands will be launching our fall fundraising campaign (Recipes in a Jar) this week, and this year all proceeds of this campaign will go toward the extra-curricular components of the music program (trips, buses, ice cream, etc.). If there are any parents, guardians, or grandparents out there that might have time to volunteer to help count orders at the end of the campaign, please send me an e-mail at I will post more details about the fundraiser by Wednesday.

Rehearsals this week:

Tuesday, Oct. 25: Grade 7 Band (7:45-8:45)

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Grade 8 AM Band (7:45-8:45)

A Jazz Band meeting will also be held during the lunch break on Wednesday (12:35 pm). Instruments are not required as this will be an information meeting only. Students who have had at least one full year of playing experience on their instrument are invited to attend.

Thursday, Oct. 27: Grade 9 AM Band (7:45-8:45)

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the PD days next week, the early morning band schedule for next week will be adjusted as follows:

Monday, Oct. 31: Grade 9 Band (7:45-8:45) Costumes are welcome!

Tuesday, November 1st: Grade 7 AM Band (7:45-8:45)

Wednesday, November 2nd: Grade 8 AM Band (7:45-8:45)

Thursday, November 3rd: PEITF Convention

Friday, November 4th: PEITF Convention

Early Morning Band Oct. 11-14

Happy Thanksgiving!

Please note the early morning band schedule for next week.

Grade 7 early morning band will be held on a Friday (Oct. 14th) for next week only. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Beginning on October 18th, grade 7 rehearsals will be held every Tuesday.

Grade 7 students are asked to be in the band room ready to play at 7:45 a.m. on early am band days. The grade 7 door to the school will be open at 7:35 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 12: Grade 8 AM Band

Thursday, Oct. 13: Grade 9 AM Band

Friday, Oct. 14: Grade 7 AM Band

Grade 9 Early AM Band

Grade 9 early morning band will go ahead tomorrow. Please send me an e-mail if your child is unable to attend.

We haven’t had an opportunity to have a Jazz Band meeting yet, so I’m going to postpone the start date to later in the month. I will post a notice here on the band blog, and I will let the students know when we are ready to begin Jazz Band rehearsals.

I know it’s been a difficult couple of weeks, so please continue to take care, and just let me know if there is anything I can do to help and support students.