Saxophone and Percussion Auditions

Grade 7 and 8 students will have the opportunity to audition for percussion and saxophone over the next few days.

A detailed audition schedule has been posted in Google Classroom.

The audition requirements are outlined here on the band blog (see tabs at the top of the page). It is each student’s responsibility to attend their audition at the correct time and to come to the audition with their scales and studies well prepared. Early morning band attendance records, band class participation, and a demonstrated ability to complete assignments on time will also be considered.

Students who are selected will be asked to attend the summer band camp. Registrations will be accepted for beginner saxophone and percussion students after the June 1st deadline.

Please ask students to contact me directly with any questions or concerns. Thanks!

Band Rehearsal Schedule: May 16th-20th

Wednesday, May 18th: Grade 8 Early AM Band

Thursday, May 19th: Grade 9 Early AM Band

Friday, May 20th: Grade 7 Early AM Band

*Jazz Band Rehearsal is canceled after school this Friday. A jazz band meeting will be held on Monday to discuss an alternate rehearsal time for this week.

Extra-curricular band rehearsals will not be held following the band concert on June 8th, which means that we have just three more weeks of regular early morning rehearsals before concert week! I have asked students to please make every effort to have perfect attendance until then, and I appreciate your continuing support with this as well.

Band Camp 2022

After a two year break due to COVID, band students in both Queens and Kings counties will once again have the opportunity to participate in a band day-camp this summer. Registration is now open for students entering grade 8 (intermediate level), grade 9 and grade 10 (senior level). East Wiltshire has always had a high participation rate at the summer band camp at the beginner, intermediate and senior levels. I hope that students will once again take advantage of this amazing opportunity to work with professional musicians and music educators to advance their individual and ensemble skills.

Dates: Aug. 22-26 at Colonel Gray Sr. High School

Online Registration Link: EWS Intermediate and Senior Band Camp Form

The aims of the camp are:

  1. To provide band students with an excellent foundation taught by specialists on their instruments
  2. To provide intermediate and senior students an opportunity to advance their playing skills and prepare for the new school year
  3. To provide students with an opportunity to meet and perform with students from other Island schools who share their interest in music.

Camp staff are professional instructors and assistants. Instruments taught will include flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, baritone, trombone, tuba, and percussion. Classes will include instruction in instrumental technique as well as opportunities to perform in small ensembles and full band rehearsals.

The camp will be held from Monday, August 22nd to Friday, August 26th. The schedule is:
Beginner Camp: Monday-Friday, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Intermediate/Senior Camp: Monday-Friday, 9:00 – 3:00 pm

Parents will be required to provide transportation to and from the school. All students should bring a water bottle and a snack each day. Intermediate/Senior campers must bring lunch each day as there will not be an opportunity for them to leave the school property.

Please note: Band Camp is nut-free and scent-free.

The fee for the camp will be $100.00 E-transfers are preferred (eastwiltshire@edu.pe.ca). Please include student’s NAME and REASON for payment (BAND CAMP). If paying by cheque, please make payable to East Wiltshire Intermediate. Cash and cheques must be delivered to the main office at East Wiltshire where receipts can be issued upon request. This fee MUST accompany the registration form in order for the student to be officially registered.

The DEADLINE for intermediate and senior registrations is Wednesday, June 1st, 2022.
*Grade 7 students must be accepted into the band program before enrolling in band camp and their Beginning Band Camp forms were made available with their band program acceptance letters.

Please note: registration fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and late registration forms may not be accepted.

For further information, please contact Alison Peters: ampeters@edu.pe.ca or visit the band camp website: Band Camp 2022

MUSIC MONDAY and the Canadian Junior Honour Band

Congratulations to East Wiltshire grade 8 band students Kate Phillips and Sofia Butler who were selected this spring to participate in the inaugural Canadian Junior Honour Band!

At 5:00 PM AST, Music Monday will feature seven Musicfest Honour Ensembles, including the Canadian Junior Honour Band, in a one-hour virtual extravaganza concert.

You can listen to all of the Music Monday events and performances from 9:00AM to 7:00PM today. 

Tune in at 5:00 p.m. to see Kate and Sofia perform with students from across Canada! The stream will be available on the Coalition for Music Education website at https://coalitioncanada.ca/en/events/music-monday-2022/.

The Canadian Junior Honour Band performance is introduced at 7:45 on the YouTube video below. Great job Sofia and Kate!

Sectional Rehearsals this week

Please note the changes in this week’s rehearsal schedule:

Wednesday, May 4th: Grade 8 Early AM Brass Rehearsal

Thursday, May 5th: Grade 9 Early AM Brass Rehearsal , Jazz Band after school from 3:15-4:00

Friday, May 6th: Area Association Day (no classes)

Fun stuff is back!

It wasn’t possible for us to take the bands on the road this year for our annual Beginning Band Day and PEI Band Days music festivals but we were able to have Mr. FitzGerald come to us for three excellent music sessions on Tuesday morning. We would normally do something on our spring field trip days to reward/thank students for their commitment to band throughout the year and, since we weren’t able to do that in April, we have scheduled some fun days in June!

On Thursday, June 16th, the Grade 8 band students will travel to Murphy’s Bowling Lanes for an afternoon pizza and bowling party. The Grade 9 band students will have their afternoon pizza and bowling party the next day (Friday, June 17th).

The grade 7 band students will have a pizza, movie and pajama afternoon at East Wiltshire in late June (date to be determined).

The band students have worked very hard this year, and they have been incredibly resilient and cooperative despite all of the restrictions and inconveniences that COVID has created for student musicians.

If there are any parents who might be available to help chaperone the bowling parties please let me know.

Have a great weekend!