Bus Pick ups for Tomorrows Concert

Here are the bus pick up times for tomorrows Winter Celebration
Bus 324 – Walter Martens
1:00p.m. – Colonsay; 1:25p.m. – Allan – Lakeview Church
Bus 450 – Harold Dyck
1:00p.m. – Hanley; 1:20p.m. – Dundurn; 1:40p.m. – South Corman Park – Lakeview Church
Bus 365
Gail Semchyshen – 1:05p.m. – Aberdeen – Lakeview Church
Bus 342 – Dawn Loessin – 1:20p.m. – Clavet – Lakeview Church
Bus 347 – Rick Gartner – 1:20p.m. – Clavet – Lakeview Church

Parent Chaperones Needed. Winter Concert FAQ


Winter Concert F.A.Q.

The first group performance opportunity of the year is upon us! Here are a few extra notes about the concert process for this coming Thursday (December 13th) and what to expect.

*Chaperones: If anyone is willing to chaperone and sit in either the grade 5 or 6 warm up room please let Mr. Martin know. We have to have at least 10 parent chaperones to help.* 

Performance Expectations:  

With students learning music concepts/new music for just over three months it is important that students know that we expect them only to do their best and contribute what they are capable of. The concert is a safe environment and important as much for the experience they will get from being in a large ensemble and playing in a great concert hall as it is playing all the pieces correctly.

It is also important to remember like all other subject’s students learn at a different pace. Combine this with the fact every instrument provides different challenges we encourage the students to contribute and enjoy what they are comfortable and think about the main term one goals in pitch sound/tone quality and being rhythmically accurate above all.


All students provided transport to the concert. They will catch a special bus after lunch to the concert venue so they can rehearse with the other grade 5/6’s in the East half of the division. All students need to have returned their signed bus form to ride the bus (please let me know if you need a copy). There is no charge for the bus. The do need picking up from the concert to go home. If transporting students home is an issue, please let me know. Carpooling with other students from your community is generally easily arranged. We want as many students to take part and experience the concert as possible.

Prior to the concert:

Students have a designated area where they can eat their packed supper and stay until rehearsal or concert time. Students should remember they are representing themselves their school and the division and should act with respect to their environment and people within it at ALL TIMES.

How long is the concert?

The Winter Concert is traditionally a short affair and usually runs around an hour. We ask that all students stay to listen and support the other ensembles in the concert. Students will be sat in their ensemble and have designated spots in the auditorium.

Songs to play:     

Please rehearse and work hard to improve your parts as much as you can from now until Thursday to ensure you are the best you can be. 


  • Grade 5 –  Clapping Song (I don’t Like Homework)          Banuwa               I Feel Good
  • Grade 6 –  Good King Wenceslas       Jingle Bells
  • Seniors –   Dark Matter .    With Every Winters Breath .      Schneewalzer
  • Senior Brass –     Capriccio Italien           We got that fire .        Carnival of the Animals
  • RhythmBox –       Lullaby for PJ
  • Song/Winds –   Under the Sea      Feliz Navidad      Banuwa

December 13th Winter Concert Details and Bus form – return ASAP

Thursday December 13th – Lakeview Church Further Details


The Winter Celebration is fast approaching. Students will be bussed directly from their homeschool after lunch to Lakeview Church for rehearsals. They will however need taking home after the concert. The Celebration is MANDATORY for Grade 7-12 students, and is OPTIONAL for Grade 5 & 6 students.

We will also be doing a bake sale. All Senior Band Students (Grade 7-12) are required to bring two dozen peanut free items. Students in Grade 5 & 6 can also bring items for the bake sale, however it is not mandatory. All proceeds from the bake sale will go towards providing clinicians, offsetting costs, purchasing new instruments, and other student events.

What? – Term 1 Performance and Winter Celebration for all Music Students at Lakeview Church.

Who? – All music students from Grade 5-12 are invited to participate. The celebration is MANDATORY for Grade 7-12 students, and is OPTIONAL for Grade 5 & 6 Students. Please email Mr. Martin or Ms. Thompson if there are any questions regarding attendance.

When? Thursday, December 13th.

  • After lunch onwards – Students bussed from their homeschools to Lakeview Church
  • 2pm-3pm – Grade 5 Rehearsal & Parent Volunteers arrive
  • 3pm-3:45pm – Grade 6 Rehearsal
  • 3:45pm-4:30pm – Grade 7-12 Rehearsal
  • 4:30pm – Celebration Doors Open
  • 5pm – East Celebration Starts  (East students grade 5-12)
  • 6:15pm – Celebration Concludes
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  • 7pm – West Music Celebration Starts (with East grade 7-12 students only)
  • 8:15pm – Celebration concludes

Where? – Lakeview Church (Site 510, Box 15, RR5 Saskatoon SK, S7K 3J8)

Concert Dress: 

  • Grade 5 & 6 : Smart Dress – Wear your best.
  • Grade 7 -12 : Black Pants, Black Socks, Black Shoes, Division Polo Shirt will be provided.

What to bring: 

Music, Instrument, Concert Dress, Supper (optional – there will not be any food available onsite), Baking for the Bake Sale

  • We are in desperate need of approximately 10 parent/guardian volunteers to assist with student supervision while Mr. Martin & Ms. Thompson are running rehearsals. Supervision of our students is vital to ensuring student safety, and to ensure our celebration runs smoothly and successfully. 


  • Call for Band Parents: If you are interested in becoming involved in our Band Parents Association, please email Ms. Thompson (shelby.thompson@spiritsd.ca). We meet once a month on the first Thursday at 6:30pm at Broadway Roastery on 8th Street. Our next meeting is December 6th.

Mr. Martin (will.martin@spiritsd.ca) Ms. Thompson (shelby.thompson@spiritsd.ca)


Winter Concert – December 13th

Our Winter Concert and Term 1 celebration creeps ever nearer.

This year both the East and West concert will happen within the same night with the East Concert taking place at 5pm. Senior (Grade 7-12) players will perform in both 5pm and 7pm performances.

East students will be bussed from their home schools after lunch on Thursday December 13th to Lakeview church to rehearse prior to the 5pm concert. All students will need to be picked up and taken home after the performance.

December 13th @ Lakeview Church

5pm Performance (East)

  • East Grade 5/6, East and West Senior Winds (Combined Band), RhythmBox (East), Brass Ensemble (East/West), Song and Woodwind Ensemble (East/West) 

7pm Performance (West)

  • West Grade 5 (Beginners), West Junior Band (Grade 6/7), East and West Senior Winds (Combined Band), Brass Ensemble (East/West) Song and Woodwind Ensemble. Jazz Band.

We are in desperate need of parent volunteers to help supervise before the performances. Please let us know if you can help out for the evening.

More detailed information to follow.

Week Ahead

Division Classes This Wednesday Nov 28th

  • Penultimate rehearsal before the Winter concert
  • Please make sure you are in attendance.

Resonate Gala Concert – This Wednesday Evening Nov 28th

  • All senior Brass students Performing:  Carnival of the Animals  (Royal March of the Lion, Elephant, Fossils, Finale)
  • Resonate tour percussionists performing: – Rhino Rock   – Minor Rock

Students need to dress smart and be at the Bassment Jazz club in Saskatoon for 6:20pm

UPCOMING: Winter Concert (East and West)- December 13th 5pm and 7pm performances @ Lakeview Church


Resonate Gala Concert – Wednesday Nov 28th (after division rehearsal)

The annual Resonate Gala is fast approaching. The Following division band ensembles have been invited to perform:

  • Woodwind (sectional Players)/Song Class
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Percussion Section (not rhythmbox)

Please let your teacher know as soon as possible if you Can or Cannot attend. 

Students need to be at the Bassment Jazz club in Saskatoon for 6:20pm for a 7pm start.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. $50 for a family of four.

Halloween Division Classes


It is nearly November! This Wednesday is division classes in Allan. Students are welcome to come in costume for Halloween. 

Seniors should be working on their individual skills and assignments and music from Division classes and ensembles.


  • Resonate Road Trip – Nov 1st/2nd  – Percussion students
  • Resonate Gala – Nov 28th
  • Winter Concert – Dec 13th @ Lakview Church                                                                         5pm (seniors) 7pm (seniors/grade 5/6)
  • Caroling – December 18th/19th – tbc 

Division Hub Classes in Allan Tomorrow – Oct 17th


Hope the week is starting out well. Just a reminder there is Division Classes in Allan tomorrow and we will continue working towards our winter concert, resonate gala and other events. Please make sure you can be there so we can rehearse with all of the parts.

– If you are in Strung – Bring a guitar
– RhythmBox – Let Mr. Martin/Ms.Worman know and bring forms/payment if you are coming to the Resonate Tour on Nov 1st/2nd.

First Division Hub Classes this Wednesday September 19th

Hello and welcome back!

Our first Division Classes are on the way this coming Wednesday. Please see the attached below about the new ensemble choices. Students will be asked to pick their top four ensembles for the breakout classes.

All our ensembles will combine with the West classes for our concerts this year.

All students have to fill in a bus form —>  Bus-Form-2018-19                                                                                                 (Pick up and drop off times are found in the bus form)

Sample: East Hub Ensembles – 2018/19

Division Winds  (Intermediate/Senior)

  • Style: Traditional, Classical, Original, Contemporary
  • Who: All Students grades 7-12
  • Instrumentation: Instrumental music/limited Vocal
  • Concepts: Improvisation Classical, Traditional, original, Contemporary music
  • Performance Opportunities: Winter Concert, Optimist Festival, Watrous Festival, Spring Concert, Music Monday/Resonate In-division Tour

Sectional Ensembles –      Woodwind/ Brass/ Percussion

  • Style: Small Ensemble
  • Who: All Students, broken into 3 like sections
  • Instrumentation: Brass/Percussion/Woodwinds
  • Concepts: Small Ensembles, Instrumental Techniques, Music Appreciation
  • Performance Opportunities: Small Ensemble performances at Winter/Spring Concert/In-division Tour/Watrous Festival

Techniques Class:                                                                                        

  • Style: 1 on 1 lesson
  • Who: All Students pulled out of the course of the year from sessions 1 and 2
  • Instrumentation: Brass/Percussion/Woodwinds
  • Concepts: Technique, Musicianship, Skills, Coursework, Solo performance
  • Performance Opportunities: Watrous Music Festival, Winter/Spring Concert


  • Style: Jazz, Rock, Funk, Pep Band, Soul, Pop
  • Who: Anyone with interesting in performing/singing
  • Instrumentation: Instrumental music/limited Vocal
  • Concepts: Improvisation, Songwriting, Transcription, Arranging, History, Theory, Performance
  • Performance Opportunities – Resonate Gala, Winter Concert, Bassement Jazz Night, In-Division Tour, Spring Concert


  • Style Choir, Acappella, Folk Music, First Nations Storytelling, Musical Theatre, Beat Poetry.
  • Who: Anyone with an interest in Singing, no experience necessary
  • Instrumentation: Vocal music with limited instrumental
  • Concepts: Songwriting, Transcription/Arranging, History, Harmony Analysis, Structure, music appreciation


  • Style: Percussion Ensemble
  • Who: Any Student – no percussion experience necessary
  • Instrumentation: Percussion Instruments
  • Concepts: Rhythm Awareness, Body Percussion, Drumline
  • Performance Expectations: Winter/Spring Concerts, Watrous Music Festival, In-Division Tour, Music Monday/Resonate

 STRUNG    *New for 2018/19

  • Style: Guitar ensemble/combo
  • Who: Any that plays/wants to learn Guitar
  • Concepts: Intro Sept-Jan Advanced Jan-June.


Fantastic Free Concertst this weekend

Happy Mid Summer! There are Four unmissable concerts over the coming days happening in and around the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) featuring some of the best musicians in the world. All of the concerts are either free or admission by donation.

  • Tonight (Thursday August 9th) – World Class Recital featuring: Glyn Williams (Euphonium) Helen Williams (Flugel Horn) Al Kay (Trombone) Dr. Michelle Colton (Percussion) and a faculty Quintet also featuring Dean McNeill and Aaron Bueckert (Trumpet)    7:00pm at Convocation Hall (U of S Campus)
  • Friday August 10th – An Evening with Al Kay, featuring the Gerard Weber Group. 8:30pm at 2nd Avenue Grill, An evening of Jazz for all Ages.
  • Saturday August 11th – Brass Band Gala Concert featuring Helen Williams and Michelle Colton 7:00pm at Quance Theatre in the Education Building (UofS)
  • Sunday August 12th – Percussion Gala Concert 1:00pm, Quance Theatre 

See below for more information and hope to see some of you there!