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 nicholas_renaud@sd42.ca 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.

UNIFORMS

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.

CONCESSION

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.

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: https://tinyurl.com/wt6lqj9

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!

SD42 ELEMENTARY BAND COLLABORATION AFTERNOON

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.

WHEN
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. 

WHERE
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.

TRIP SCHEDULE
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

CONDUCT EXPECTATIONS
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!

BUS LIST
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

CHAPERONES 
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.

MASSED BAND PERFORMANCE
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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. 
Email: nicholas_renaud@sd42.ca
Phone: 604-465-7141 (ext. 58263)

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) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsfT20vRFkc

Blue Rock (Dale Lauder) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjPFcx_Kb1U

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.

Winter Concert Details!

The concert will feature the following: 

  • Performance by all elementary and secondary bands and our secondary choir as well as student-led groups!
  • A SILENT AUCTION where you can bid on many items donated by our music department families and a plethora of local businesses – all proceeds go toward improving the music department 
  • Samples of coffee from Global Coffee – this is preview of our next fundraiser. You may place an order for some coffee ($15/bag) and $5 will go toward your music student’s fundraising account which they can use towards music trips, books, fees, etc. 
  • A food table full of finger foods – potluck like last time so please send something (sweets, chips, veggies, etc.)
  • Purdy’s Chocolates pick-up – if you participated in this fundraiser and ordered chocolate. we will have a table set-up for you to get your order. 

*if a student or a small group of students has a song prepared and would like to perform it at the concert, please let Mr. Renaud via email by SUNDAY at 3:00 pm.

Odds and ends: 

  • We are decorating the Multipurpose Room around 3:00 pm. If you have any Christmas decorations lying around that you don’t want anymore, please send them our way! 
  • If you have not sent in your family’s donation for our Silent Auction,please do so by tomorrow. More information on this in this previous email: https://mailchi.mp/7ff23c65b2f0/winter-concert-silent-auction?e=13aa9a50e0
  • Please ensure your student has a proper UNIFORM. Students will not be allowed on stage if they are not in proper attire. More information in this previous email: https://mailchi.mp/7ff23c65b2f0/winter-concert-silent-auction?e=13aa9a50e0
  • As our Food Table will be free again, we ask that you please send in something to the concert (chips, baked good, veggies, etc.). This was a hit at our last concert! 
  • Admission is BY DONATION to the music department, but we will also be accepting donations for the local food bank. 
  • Students are expected to stay for the duration of the concert.Concerts are the equivalent of term exams for music students; part of learning music involves performing as well as listening to other groups perform. Also, every group deserves a large and supportive audience! 


SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 11th

7:30 am 
– Secondary Concert Band Dress Rehearsal in the morning (all marks associated with this particular rehearsal will be DOUBLED as it is a dress rehearsal. Please be there if you are in SCB)

2:45 pm – Concert Set-Up. All SECONDARY band and choir students are expected to help with set-up. If we all pitch in, it should only take us an hour! 

6:00 pm – Massed Band Rehearsal. ALL Band students, grades 6-12 must be ON stage (in UNIFORM) in the Multipurpose Room at this time. Students should arrive early enough to have their instruments set up and be on stage to START rehearsal at 6:00.

6:15 pm – All parent volunteers please meet in the Main Foyer. 

6:30 pm – CALL TIME for all CHOIR students to the Choir Room, in UNIFORM. Doors Open to the Audience, Silent Auction begins!

7:00 pm – Winter Concert 2019! 

9:00 pm (or earlier)
 – Concert Take-Down. All students are expected to assist with concert clean-up. Concert-goers may continue to bid at the silent auction –the auction will close 30 minutes after the end of the concert. Winners may pay for and pick up their item at this time, or they may pick it up at a later date. 

AEB – Winter 2019 Music

AEB Students – here is Christmas Mash-Up and Frosty. Use the recording to practice along to make sure you’re counting correctly and staying in time!

Christmas Mash-Up: https://www.stantons.com/sheet-music/title/christmas-mash-up/PPS18/

Frosty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-jtm7a214g

Also, to get your quarter note for visiting the website, write the following on a piece of paper and give it to me BEFORE the START of class on Monday. Do not tell anyone else in the class what you are doing!

“The best part about band is:_______________”

Have a Happy Halloween and see you Monday!

Fall Concert 2019!

Our Fall Concert is THIS WEEK!  The concert begins at 7 pm in the PMSS Gymplease note the venue change!  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. Beginner Band students are not required to be in attendance, but are welcome to come if they would like to!  

TUESDAY OCTOBER 22 – PMSS Fall Concert!

Who: Secondary Concert Band, Secondary Concert Choir, Advanced 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:

Choir Dress Rehearsal: 7:15 am in the Choir Room

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, 1 chair rack full of 18 chairs, 1 stand rack, the choir risers and the piano to the GYM.

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.

Uniforms

Students are expected to arrive at call time in 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. 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!

(AEB student may wear a black t-shirt as your elementary band shirts aren’t going to be here until the Winter Concert)

**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.**

Food

As mentioned in our first parent meeting, it would be great if parents could bring some food with you to share at the concert! Anything would be appreciated. The goal of this concert is to bring us all together as a community and what better way than with some snacks/desserts and some fun music played by our student-musicians! PMSS is supplying coffee and cookies.

We have some parents helping to organize the food table, but if you would be willing to help out with this, please arrive at PMSS by 6:30 – we could use help with accepting admissions at the door and with the food table.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Renaud: nicholas_renaud@sd42.ca or 604-465-7141