Welcome Back

I hope everyone had a restful, relaxing summer. It’s hard to believe but it’s already over and we are back to school this week. We’ve been working hard over the summer to update the new website and add more content, continue to check back this week as course handouts will be added as well as other new pages.

Please take a moment to check out the calendar and add make note (no pun intended) of our concert dates. As always students can expect to perform at least once a term and all performances are mandatory. Extra performance dates may be added throughout the year but students and parent will be consulted before those dates are added.

We have a few upcoming trips already in the works for the 2017-18 school year. Our Jazz students will once again be offered the opportunity to attend the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho Feb 22nd-25th. Band 7 students will have the opportunity to visit Victoria in the spring. Our big trip this year will be offered to students grade 9-12 as we would like to put together a Tour Band to attend and perform at MusicFest in Toronto, May 2018. With all these trips there are substantial costs and we will be hoping to fundraise to help offset those costs. If you have an idea for a fundraiser and would like to spearhead it please send me an email (shane_monkman@sd33.bc.ca) and I will help make it happen.

For students in grade 8-12, you will be playing in your classes this week so make sure you have your instrument and bring your music you’ve been working on over the summer. VOX will start up on Thursday, Sept. 7th, Jr Jazz Band on Monday Sept. 11th and Treble Makers on Tuesday, Sept 12th.

Please check back to our website often, my goal is to communicate more through this format and less through email (hopefully reducing the amount of GWG Music Dept emails you get!). You can also follow us on Twitter @GWGMusicDept and find us on Facebook (G.W. Graham Music).

Looking forward to an exciting and wonderful year of music making!

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