AEB 2020/2021 Registration

For those students who have done one year of Elementary Band and are going into grade 7 in the fall, now is the time to register for Advanced Elementary Band at PMSS. AEB is open to grade 7 students who have completed Beginner Elementary Band in grade 6 from the following elementary schools: Pitt Meadows Elementary, Highland Park Elementary, Davie Jones Elementary, and Edith McDermott Elementary. Students at Hammond Elementary who have completed one year of elementary band at Westview Secondary are also welcome to register.

Classes take place in the Pitt Meadows Secondary Band Room TUESDAYS at 11:00am-12:00pm and FRIDAYS at 8:30am-9:30am.

The year will feature many exciting events and activities. We will: see a Vancouver Symphony Concert, do a performance tour of local elementary schools, have an overnight retreat at Camp Zajac, perform in 4 PMSS concerts, perform at the Vancouver Kiwanis Band Festival, and participate in the year-end BBQ. 

Please fill out the form and mail it with a cheque made out to “Pitt Meadows Secondary” or “PMSS” to:

Music Department, Pitt Meadows Secondary
19438 116B Ave
Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 1G1

School-Owned Instrument Return

This week, we will be doing our Instrument Return at PMSS on Thursday June 18th. The schedule will be as follows:

Last names A-L – 3:00-4:00 pm

Last names M-Z – 4:00-5:00 pm

Anyone who was unable to make their scheduled time – 5:00-6:00 pm

I recommend considering showing up at some point during your time window rather than right at the beginning of the time slot, as you will have to line up outside, socially distanced (2 m away at all times). We ask that you bring your instrument to the back of the building where Mr Renaud will meet you at the Band Room exterior door. Mr Renaud will inspect the instrument, then, provided there is no damage, he will return your damage deposit.

If you cannot make it on June 18th, please email to make alternate arrangements – please do not just drop your instrument at the school whenever, as this creates more work for our administrative staff and increases the amount of interaction they do with the public which is not recommended right now. Thank you for understanding.

Spring Concert 2020

Our Spring Concert is NEXT WEEK! The concert begins at 7 pm in the PMSS Multipurpose Room. Please read below for call times for the students. Admission will be by donation, and we will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the food bank.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 11 – PMSS Spring Concert

Who: Secondary Concert Band, Secondary Concert Choir, Advanced Elementary Band, Beginner Elementary Band, student-led groups and solos/duets. (if you would like to add a song to the program, please email Mr Renaud ASAP)

SCHEDULE (please note: band classes run as usual this day):

Concert Set-Up: 2:45-3:45 pm – secondary students please meet in the band room. If everyone helps out, this should only take half an hour! We need to cart all percussion equipment, both chair racks full of 18 chairs, 2 stand racks, the choir risers, sound system, and the piano to the MPR.

Call time: ALL performers should meet in the band and choir rooms at 6:30 pm to warm-up.

Concert start time: 7 pm.

Per our handbook, all students are expected to stay for the duration of the concert. Each group deserves a big and enthusiastic audience to perform for and part of being a musician is supporting the musicians around you by being in their audience.


Students are expected to arrive at call time in UNIFORM.

SECONDARY STUDENTS: Concert Blacks: black dress shirt, black dress pants/leggings, black dress shoes, black dress socks, or something dressy that accomplishes the goal of those suggestions.

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS: PMSS Elementary Band T-Shirt, black DRESS pants, black DRESS socks, black DRESS shoes.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or talk to Mr Renaud. The goal here is the show that as an ensemble we are unified, just as a sports team all wear the same uniform for a game. No t-shirts, jeans or running shoes, please!

**If your family is having financial difficulty and simply can’t afford a new pair of shoes or pants, please let us help.  Don’t wait until the night of the concert and please don’t just send your student in the wrong clothes.  The PMSS Music Dept has funds available to help out families in need.**

Students not in proper uniform may be prohibited from performing.


There will be NO potluck at this concert. Instead, our Music Parents Council has decided to offer a concession of pre-packaged snacks (chips, cookies, rice crispie squares, etc), as well as bottles of water and cups of coffee. All concession items will be $1.00 each.

50/50 DRAW

This concert will feature a 50/50 Draw with tickets for cash purchase. Please bring those loonies and toonies so you can get in on the fun! Tickets will only be sold to people 19+ years of age.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Renaud. The students have been working extremely hard this term and we cannot wait to show you all we’ve been preparing! Please invite your family and friends to come and enjoy this fun night of music staged by our awesome student-musicians.

FUNdraiser: Global Coffee (Forms Due Wed March 4)

Our awesome music parents are organizing another OPTIONAL fundraiser for our students. Remember that all proceeds of any fundraising a student does goes directly into THAT student’s Music Fundraising Account. Those funds can then be used to buy supplies, pay for field trips/tours/retreats or toward any fee that comes up in the music program throughout their career at PMSS. Scroll down for more info and the order form:

The Global Coffee fundraiser can be quite lucrative and easy! Since so many people drink coffee, why not have $5.00 of every bag of coffee you and your family buy go toward supporting your music student? More information in the form attached here:

SECONDARY Band/Choir Tour of Elem Schools – Monday March 2

WHO: Secondary Band and Choir

DATE:                Monday March 2, 2020

DEPARTURE:          Wemeet at PMSS at 7:30 am in UNIFORM (concert blacks: dress shirt, dress pants, dress socks, dress shoes) for final rehearsal. We depart by school bus at 8:15 am.

RETURN:                 We will return to PMSS at 1:30 pm in time for Block D classes.


  • 7:30 am                        Meet at PMSS, final rehearsal
  • 8:15 am                        Load buses, depart
  • 8:35 am                       Arrive Highland Park Elementary
  • 8:50 to 9:25 am            Perform HPE
  • 9:50 to 10:25 am          Perform Pitt Meadows Elementary
  • 10:50 to 11:25 am        Perform Edith McDermott Elementary
  • 11:30 am to 12:15pm   LUNCH at local strip mall
  • 12:25 pm                     Arrive DJE, warm-up
  • 12:45 to 1:20 pm         Perform Davie Jones Elementary
  • 1:30 pm                       Return to PMSS, students back in time for Block D classes.

WHAT TO BRING:    Your instrument, a pencil, your folder, your music and a snack and lunch/lunch money.

(Put your name on everything please!)

Please let me know if your child has any medical issues that we should be aware of.


Students are reminded that they are representing PMSS and the community of Pitt Meadows on this field trip. Students are expected to be on their very best behaviour at all times on the bus and at each school. Students will be setting an example as role models from the high school; as such students are expected to act professionally and politely at all times. Students are also expected to complete their assigned set-up clean up tasks without being asked. Please also be sure to thank your bus driver and chaperones!


We are in need of 1-2 parent chaperones to assist with this field trip – one chaperone will need to pick up and drive our rental truck. If you are able to help out please let me know. You will be a huge asset to the music department and you’ll get to spend the day seeing some great music played by our student musicians!


To be announced in next hand-out prior to leaving.

Our tour of the elementary schools will be a success if everyone remembers the following things:

  1. Please be on time in the morning. We are starting rehearsal at 7:30 in the Band and Choir Rooms, so you should really plan to be at PMSS by 7:15 am. 
  2. Wear your uniform – Concert Blacks. Dress to inspire – dress shirts, dress pants, dress shoes, dress socks.
  3. Ensure you bring anything you will need to perform on the tour (do you play an instrument in band OR choir?)
  4. Bring a snack and water and lunch or money to buy lunch during our lunch break. You may bring your school backpacks along as well.
  5. Ensure that you are helping set up and tear down without being reminded.
  6. Follow all instructions from Mr. Renaud and your chaperones.
  7. Perform your best at every concert! Remember that you are representing the PMSS Music Program!

QUESTIONS? If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Mr. Renaud.

Elem Band Collab Afternoon – Friday Feb 28!

Here are the final details for our upcoming trip to Maple Ridge Secondary for the SD42 Elementary Band Collaboration Afternoon! This is an exciting event–the first of its kind in over 30 years in our district!–and it will bring together close to 100 elementary band students in grades 5-7 from MRSS, GSS and PMSS. Students will collaborate with like-minded students in similar learning situations from across the district, building friendships, empathy, and teamwork skills in the process. Students will work with professional musicians to learn more about their instrument and musical techniques. They will also get the chance to learn from a different teacher (Brian Weingartner of MRSS and Duane Kirkpatrick of GSS) giving them the opportunity to develop new approaches to reading and playing music, learn from different perspectives than they get from me, and learn how to interpret the gestural language of different conductors – this develops students’ focus and attentiveness as well as their ability to express themselves through music. 

COMMITMENT EXPECTATIONS: You may remember that we sent out the information about this event as an addition to the calendar in our January Newsletter. Parents and students were informed then that, as we need our whole “team” present for this important performance event, there was a one-week window to inform me if your child had a pre-existing commitment. If you did not inform me within that week window, your child is considered “committed” to this event. Here is a copy of that email that was sent out on January 5th:

Please let me know if you have any questions and I would be happy to help. I am very much looking forward to this event and I hope you can see how positive and worthwhile of an experience it will be for your band student!


WHO: ALL Elementary Band Students (you do not need to fill out a field trip form as this was done in September). As this is an event on the calendar, it is extremely important and expected that ALL students attend.

Friday February 28th, 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
All students are required to meet in the PMSS Band Room no later than 12:30 pm. 

PMSS (meeting location for all students)
                Maple Ridge Secondary School (21911 122 Ave, Maple Ridge)

Students will travel via school bus from PMSS to MRSS. Parents are to pick up their child at MRSS at 5:30 pm.

WHAT TO BRINGYour instrument, a pencil, your folder, your Standard of Excellence book and a snack (WRITE YOUR NAME ON EVERYTHING PLEASE). 
Please let me know if your child has any medical issues that we should be aware of.

12:30 pm     Meet at PMSS Band Room
12:45 pm     Bus Load 1 Departs PMSS for MRSS  (arrival at 12:55 pm)
1:15 pm       Bus Load 2 Departs PMSS for MRSS (arrival 1:25 pm)
1:30 pm       Massed Band rehearsal in MRSS Small Gym
3:15 pm       Clinics with professional instrument specialists brought in from across the Lower Mainland!
4:15 pm       Break (snack)
4:30 pm       Warm-Up
5:00 pm       Massed Band Performance in MRSS Gym (parents welcome to attend!)
5:30 pm       Parent pick-up from MRSS

Students are reminded that they are representing PMSS and the community of Pitt Meadows on this field trip. Students are expected to be on their very best behaviour at all times on the bus and at MRSS. There will be elementary band students from across Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows and our goal is to be the MOST respectful and professional group. Please also be sure to thank your bus driver, chaperones, conductors and clinicians!

We will be taking one bus in two trips to MRSS. Students will be divided as follows:

Bus Load 1: ALL AEB students, BEB students from DJE, EME, HPE
Bus Load 2: BEB students from PME only

We are in need of 2-3 parent chaperones to assist with this field trip. If you are able to attend please let me know. Your job would include taking attendance on the bus, circulating the hallways at MRSS to help any lost elementary band students, and taking lots of photos! Please email Mr. Renaud if you are able to help.

his event will culminate in an exciting Massed Band performance featuring all elementary band students from MRSS, GSS and PMSS. Students will play pieces they learned throughout the afternoon and parents are encouraged to attend. It will be at 5:00 pm in the MRSS Gymnasium. We hope to see you all there!

QUESTIONS? If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Mr. Renaud. 
Phone: 604-465-7141 (ext. 58263)

BEB Music for Spring

Beginner Elementary Band students – you can use these recordings to help you! Practice along with them or simply listen so that you can start to figure out how each piece goes.


Walk in Sherwood –

Intensity! –

AEB Spring Music

AEB students – use these recordings to practice. They should help you to get a feel for the pieces.

Caribbean Breeze (Victor Lopez) –

Blue Rock (Dale Lauder) –

BONUS QUARTER NOTE if you come to class on Wednesday and you are able to name ONE island in the Caribbean! You must write it on a piece of paper and bring it to class.