April Music Notes

Music Festival Results:

Congratulations to all the Music students on an outstanding performances at the Chilliwack Lions Music Festival and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival! Here are the results:

Band 8: GOLD, an invitation to MusicFest Canada

Band 9: GOLD and an invitation to MusicFest Canada

Orchestra: BRONZE

Sr. Concert Band: GOLD, an invitation to MusicFest Canada and the trophy for Most Outstanding Sr. Concert Band

Jr. Jazz Band: SILVER

Sr. Jazz Band: GOLD, an invitation to MusicFest Canada, the trophy for Most Outstanding Sr. Jazz Band and were runner up in the ‘A’ Division at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Treble Makers: BRONZE

VOX: GOLD, an invitation to MusicFest Canada, nominated for Provinicials and won the ‘A’ Division at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Grade 8/9 Tour Band

Less the a month until we depart for Whistler! Students will continue to have Tuesday morning rehearsals in preparation for our trip. More rehearsals may be added depending on the level of preparedness of the ensemble. Reminder these rehearsals are mandatory for all students attending the tour!

Information about the trip as well as an itinerary and a behavior contract will be sent home shortly.

Festival Honours Concert

We want to showcase some of the most outstanding ensembles from the Graham music department on Tuesday, April 9th. All groups who earned GOLD in the Chilliwack Lions Music Festival (Band 8, 9, VOX, Sr. Jazz Band and Sr. Wind Ensemble). will be performing that evening. Concert starts at 7 pm in the theatre and students are expected to be at school no later then 6:30 pm, in uniform.

Congratulations

I would like to take a moment to congratulate 2 of our grade 12 students who recently auditioned and got accept into post-secondary music programs.

Liam S, has been accepted on Trumpet to the Jazz program at Capilano University!

Jackson H. has been accepted on Trombone to the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto as well as the Berkeley School of Music in Boston!

Both of these young men had to prepare audition material outside (outside of their regular class time) and perform in front of a panel from each respective school. They also completed theory and aural entrance exams. Congratulations again on these tremendous achievements!

BCMEA Honour Ensembles

Every year the top high school musicians are selected to perform as part of the BCMEA Provincial Honours group (Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz). We have had many students from Graham Music attend in previous years and would like to continue that trend. Audition material and information can be found at: http://www.bcmusiced.ca/honour-ensembles-audition-materials.html

All applications are due on Friday, April 12th. Please see me if you have any questions or would like help with any of the material!

-Monkman

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