The Pitt Meadows Secondary elementary band program is open to students in grades 6 and 7 who attend Pitt Meadows, Highland Park, Davie Jones, Edith McDermott and Hammond elementary schools. All rehearsals take place in the band room at PMSS and are directed by Nicholas Renaud. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from PMSS–typically, students walk or get a ride from a parent/guardian. Classes will begin in October 2020.
The benefits to joining band are substantial: band develops teamwork, fine motor skills, literacy, and listening skills. Band provides students with a safe community in which to learn and grow, gives students the opportunity to make friends with people who enjoy what they enjoy, and gives students the opportunity to have many memorable experiences throughout their school career. Band students are leaders at PMSS, consistently on the honour role and serving their school community.
In a typical year, in addition to weekly rehearsals, students would perform in four concerts, visit the Vancouver Symphony, and take part in an overnight retreat. 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 604-465-7141 ext 58263.
Advanced Elementary Band is open to students in grade 7 with one year of band experience in grade 6. REGISTER FOR ADVANCED ELEMENTARY BAND BY CLICKING BELOW:
Beginner Elementary Band is open to students in grades 6 and 7 who have NEVER been in band before. No experience necessary. Students will learn how to play an instrument, read music and be part of a team of likeminded students from across Pitt Meadows. BEB often works with professional musicians who are experts on their instruments as well as participating in fun events throughout the year (with COVID safety protocols in place). This year we are splitting the Beginner Elementary Band into 2 bands: BEB A and BEB B. Registration will be limited to 20 students per band, so please be sure to register early to guarantee your spot!
Band A: Students from PME and Highland Park.
Band B: Students from Davie Jones, Edith McDermott and Hammond.
REGISTER FOR BEGINNER ELEMENTARY BAND
Please hand in to your child’s registration form and payment to your school office or mail to Pitt Meadows Secondary School, attn. Nicholas Renaud.
Below is the PMSS Music schedule. Due to the implementation of the quarter system in SD42 high schools, elementary band classes will change class times depending on the quarter.
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)