Beginner Concert Band 8

Registration Meeting: Tue. Sept. 15 @ 6:30 pm – Zoom Link will be posted.

Beginner Concert Band 8 is for students in grade 8 who have never played in band before. No experience on an instrument is necessary. This band takes place within the timetable; in Y-Block for quarters 1, 3 and 4 and during block C or D in quarter 2. Students will learn how to read music, play an instrument, and be members of a team.

We all share concerns and apprehension about returning back to school. Rest assured that throughout the summer a dedicated team of doctors, health professionals and music teachers have worked hard to develop a plan to keep us all safe while making music this year. The BC CDC has reviewed current scientific research related to making music and has deemed playing in band to be a SAFE activity, with safety protocols in place. Students will be provided with extra space (we will do class in the Multipurpose Room–theatre/cafeteria). Students will not share instruments. And students will sanitize their hands upon entry and exit. You can review the CDC guidelines for music here (scroll down to “Activities”): http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/childcare-schools/schools

Many things will look a little different this year such as physical distancing, hand hygiene and a new rehearsal location: ALL CONCERT BAND AND CHOIR CLASSES WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE MULTIPURPOSE ROOM TO ALLOW FOR AMPLE SPACING. That being said, the benefits to starting or continuing your musical journey are substantial: band develops teamwork, provides you with a safe community, lets you hang out with cool people and make friends with people who enjoy what you enjoy, and gives you the opportunity to have many memorable experiences throughout high school. We will keep making music a welcoming and exciting place to be, while respecting all of our COVID-19 safety protocols to protect us in the process.

In a typical year, in addition to weekly rehearsals, students would perform in four concerts, go to professional music concerts, take part in an overnight retreat and a yearly music trip. This year students will be given the opportunity to do workshops with guest artists and professional musicians at PMSS as well as take part in day trips in accordance with COVID-19 Safety Protocols. Please see the Calendar of Events (available in October) for upcoming dates and contact Mr. Renaud with any questions and concerns at nicholas_renaud@sd42.ca or 604-465-7141 ext 58263.

PMSS MUSIC GROUPS SCHEDULE:

Quarter 1 (September 14-November 18, 2020)

Quarter 2 (November 19, 2020-February 3, 2021)

Quarter 3 (February 3-April 22, 2021)

Quarter 4 (April 23-June 25, 2021)