The Music Department is offering the following extra-curricular ensembles during the 2015/16 school year:

Intermediate Concert Band

Director:  Mrs. L. Helmer

Rehearsals:  Wednesdays from 2:30 – 3:45 pm

This ensemble is for grade nine and ten students with some prior experience on their wind or percussion instrument.  The band performs at feeder schools in December and at Musicfest in March, as well as at our Holiday and Spring Concerts.  Students wishing to join the Intermediate Concert Band are required to complete a placement audition during the second week of school.  Additional information is available in the music room.

 

Senior Concert Band

Director:  Mrs. L Girsa

Rehearsals:  Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:00-7:50 am.

This ensemble is for grade eleven and twelve students as well as younger students looking for a more challenging performance opportunity.  The level of performance is considerably higher than the Intermediate Concert Band; however junior students with considerable playing experience are encouraged to audition.  The Senior Winds perform at several school functions throughout the year, including Commencement and Remembrance Day, as well as at our feeder schools in December and Musicfest in March.  The band also participates in our annual Holiday and Spring Concerts.  Students wishing to join the Senior Winds are required to complete a placement audition during the second week of school.  Additional information is available in the music room.

Jazz Band

Director:  Ms. L. Helmer

Rehearsals:  Mondays 2:30-4:00 pm and Wednesdays 6:45-7:55 am

This ensemble is open to instrumentalists who wish to challenge themselves with various styles of popular music.  The performance level is of an advanced Intermediate/Senior level.  All experienced instrumentalists are encouraged to audition.  The Jazz Band performs several times throughout the year, both within the school at the annual Holiday and spring concerts, as well as in the Preston community.  The band also participates in Musicfest in early March.  Please note that students wishing to perform in the Jazz Band must also maintain membership in either the Intermediate Concert Band or the Senior Concert Band.

Concert Choir

Directors:  Mrs. J. McCabe

Rehearsals:  Thursdays 2:30-4:00 pm

This ensemble is open to singers of all levels, from beginner to advanced, and to those who would like to develop their voice and learn how to improve their singing ability.  The choir performs at various school events throughout the year, as well as at the annual Holiday and Spring concerts.  The choir also participates in the Ontario Vocal Festival at the end of February, which is a qualifier for the Musicfest National Festival in mid-May.  Students wishing to join the Concert Choir are required to complete a placement audition during the first week of school.  Additional information is available in the music room.

Rehearsal Schedule

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY

Morning

(7:00 -7:55 am)

Senior Band

(Girsa)

 Jazz Band

(Helmer

Senior Band

(Girsa)

Lunch

(10:40 – 11:30 am

Music Council Meeting

(McCabe, Helmer & Girsa)

Afternoon

(2:30 -4:00pm)

Jazz Band

(Helmer)

Intermediate Band

(Helmer)

Concert Choir

(McCabe)