Mid-September Update

Welcome back everyone!
2 weeks into school and everything is up and running as we work towards our Fall Concerts at the end of October. At this point all students should have their instrument and music; grade 7 and 8 students should be filling out their practice records and having parents sign them at the end of the week (minimum 100 minutes).

A few upcoming items of note:

Fundraising:

We will be starting our first fundraiser of the year, Global Coffee. This is the same coffee fundraiser we have run the past few years, the product is excellent and it’s a good money-maker for the students. Plus, who doesn’t need more coffee?!

For those of you new to the program students have an order for and take orders for bags of coffee beans or ground coffee (we offer a variety of types, including decaf). Students collect the money with the order and submit the order form/money to Mr. Monkman or Mr. Taylor. The coffee is then delivered to the school for students/parents to pick up and $5 from every bag sold goes into the students fundraising account. Fundraising accounts are kept track of by Mr. Monkman and each student has their own. All monies raised can go towards any music related activities/items.

Trips:

We have a few trips in the works for the upcoming school year. Jazz students will have the opportunity to attend the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho at the end of February. Band 7 students have the opportunity to earn a trip to Victoria in May.

Our big trip this year will be to MusicFest Canada in Toronto and will be open to all students in grades 9-12. MusicFest is the national competition (which we have qualified for through our local festivals) and we are hoping to take a Concert Band and a Jazz Band to compete. As this is a performance based trip it is essential we have the right instrumentation for our ensembles, without proper instrumentation the trip will not happen. More detailed information about the trip will be coming out either late this week or early next week.

GWG Music Apparel:

We will be doing an order for GWG Music apparel in the next couple weeks. Students will be able to order Hoodies, T-Shirts and Water bottles with the GWG Music logo and customized with their ensembles and/or name. Order forms will be available next week.

-Mr. Monkman

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