Concert Week is Here!

Our annual spring band concert will be held on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the East Wiltshire gym. Parents, guardians, family, and friends of our grade 7, 8, and 9 band students are welcome to attend! Band students are asked to arrive at school by 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in their band uniforms.

We have decided to make this concert a fundraiser for the IWK. Many of our East Wiltshire students have accessed the services of this regional health care centre. Donations will be accepted at the door. If you are free to volunteer to help with the collection, please e-mail me at ampeters@edu.pe.ca. Thank you!

Rehearsals this week:

Monday, June 6th: Jazz Band during period 5

Tuesday, June 7th: TBA

Wednesday, June 8th: Grade 8 early morning band is CANCELED. Final rehearsals for grade 7, 8 and 9 bands and the Jazz Band will be held throughout the day.

See you on Wednesday night!

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!