Division Band retreat: This Saturday – Week Ahead

Just a reminder ALL division students (Grades 7-12 only) are needed at the day retreat this coming Saturday April 21st at Allan. This is a vital retreat to prepare for the in-division tours coming up and our final concert.

We are excited to be bringing in special guest Dr. Jennifer Lang to work with all of the students but in particular the Song Class students. Dr. Lang directs the acclaimed Greystone Singers and is a faculty member of the University of Saskatchewan music department.

RhythmBox will also be working on their percussion ensemble pieces.

  • When: Jennifer Lang Saturday April 21st, 9:30am-1pm
  • Where: Allan Composite School
  • What to bring: All RhythmBox/Song music, a snack.

There is no trip to Watrous this coming Wednesday. The next Division Band rehearsal in Wednesday March 25th.

Grade 7-12 RESONATE tomorrow – Friday 13th April

A reminder that Tomorrow; Friday April 13th is Resonate Student Music Conference for ALL Division Band Students grade 7-12. Please see the below times for bus pick ups and drop offs. Students will be rehearsing with the West Band after Resonate.

Pick ups

  • Bus 1: Allan 7:35am   Dundurn gas station 8:00am
  • Bus 2: Aberdeen 7:30am Clavet: 8:00am

All Students Depart Beaver Creek Camp by 6:00pm

Students will need to bring their instruments and music. There is no concert uniform/concert dress necessary.

Resonate Conference this week!

Sending our love and thoughts to those affected by the tragic events on April 6th.


Friday April 13th – Resonate Student Music Conference is this coming week for Division Band Students grade 7-12. Please see the below times for bus pick ups and drop offs. Students will be rehearsing with the West Band after Resonate.

Pick ups

  • Bus 1: Colonsay 7:15am    Allan 7:35am   Dundurn gas station 8:00am
  • Bus 2: Aberdeen 7:30am Clavet: 8:00am

All Students Depart Beaver Creek Camp by 6:00pm

Students will need to bring their instruments and music. There is no concert uniform or dress necessary.


Senior coursework and Skills due this Wednesday – Retreats

It is nearly Easter but before the Easter Bunny, cometh the coursework collector. Senior Term 2 skills are due this coming Wednesday (for Aberdeen, Allan, Clavet and Colonsay students only) and a concert review. Please submit them at rehearsal on Wednesday or via email. Grade 7-9 have 10 skills per term due, 10-12 have 15 due.

Division Classes this Wednesday in Allan please be there.

Important Dates coming up: (NEW)

  • April 13thResonate: All seniors will be bused to Resonate student music conference at Beaver Creek on April 13th. The East and West Band will stay after to rehearse as a group in preparation for in-division tour and final concerts
  • April 21st –  Seniors Ensemble Retreat:  Venue tbc. ‘Song’ and ‘RhythmBox’ Students will be working with guest artists on Saturday morning. Optional activity in the afternoon.
  • May 10-13th – SENIOR TOUR – TBC  This will be discussed this Wednesday

TRIP CANCELLED **Optimist Update** No trip tomorrow :(


The bus depot has been in further contact with the drivers and ourselves this evening.  Unfortunately with a Winter Storm Warning and a recommendation that all non-essential travel be postponed the joint decision has been made to cancel tomorrows Optimist Festival Trip.

We are incredibly disappointed not to be able to highlight the students hard work. As a teaching team we will sit down and discuss some different options to replace this trip that we can present to students and parents next Wednesday at the Allan division rehearsal. All parent and student ideas are always welcome.

Thank you for your understanding.



Optimist Festival Trip tomorrow


Just a quick note in reference to potential bad weather tomorrow. In consultation with the bus depot we will be updated at 5:30am if weather conditions are too bad to drive.

I will update the blog with any changes if there are any straight after being notified.

Look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow

6am            @ Aberdeen       and    Colonsay

6:20am                                              Allan

6:30am    Stonebridge Walmart

6:50am                Dundurn Gas Station

Optimist Festival Senior East and West Performance this Friday

Just a reminder regarding Friday:

  • Students come in concert dress but bring a change of clothes for laser tag.
  • Bring packed lunch and money for a gas station stop on the return if you want.
  • Bring Music (Turkish March/Rippling Watercolors) your instruments and accessories.
  • Bus Pick ups:                                                                                                                       – Bus 1:  Aberdeen 6:00am  Stonebridge Walmart (Clavet students) 6:30am           – Bus 2: Colonsay 6:00am  Allan: 6:20am  Dundurn Gas Station: 6:50am
  • Return:                                                                                                                  Bus 1: (Walter Martens, Bus 324) Saskatoon – 6:15p.m.; Aberdeen – 6:45p.m.
    Bus 2: (Gary Grady, Bus 400) 5:50p.m Dundurn; 6:20p.m. Allan; 6:45-Colonsay

Turkish March – Beethoven

Rippling Watercolors – Brian Balmages

Week Ahead

  • Congratulations to the students that took part in the latest fundraiser performing at this past Fridays Saskatoon Blade’s game. Pictures to follow.
  • Grade 5’s and 6’s working on Stormchasing this week for personal practice (all students aiming to be able to perform the first 23 measures and last 8 measures)
  • Division Hub Rehearsal this Wednesday for grade 7-12 – Last Allan Rehearsal before the Regina Optimist Trip:
  • Division Band Trip – March 23rd – Optimist Festival Regina – Please see the attached details for permission forms: Regina Optimist 2018


Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

The annual Regina Optimist Festival is again upon us and the Prairie Spirit West and East Senior Bands will be combining to perform. All students will travel down together to take part in the music festival on Friday March 23rd. Following the performance and clinic students will listen to a lunchtime concert with the University of Regina Wind Orchestra then wind down playing Laser Tag before heading back home. (only students that have paid band fees can take part in Laser Tag)

We are seeking parent Chaperones to join us for the day. Please consider helping if you can.

Students will be bussed to Regina and returned back to their home schools (Clavet students meet at the Clarence Ave Walmart (Stonebridge) in Saskatoon. See next page for bus pick up and drop off times.

  • Where: Conexus Arts Centre, Regina
  • When: Friday March 23rd performing at 10:30am
  • What to Bring: Packed lunch, Snack/money for return ride, Instruments, Music (Rippling Watercolors, Turkish March), Uniform, Pencil, Homework for the bus
  • Uniform: Black pants and shirts (polo shirts –East), black shoes and socks.



Senior Band

Friday, March 23rd Senior Performance at Optimist Festival

  • 6:00 am Pickup in Colonsay (bus 1)/Aberdeen (bus 2) 6:20 Allan
  • 6:30am Pick up at Stonebridge Walmart parking lot (bus 2)
  • 6:50am – Pick up at Dundurn Gas station (bus 1/2)
  • 9:30am – Arrive at Conexus Arts Center and warm up
  • 10:30am -11:45am – Performance/ clinic
  • 12:00 pm – Lunchtime concert/Eat lunch at the Conexus Arts Center
  • 1:30 pm- Laser Tag at Laser Quest
  • 3:30pm – Depart for Saskatoon
  • 6:15pm Arrive in Saskatoon (5:50-Dundurn 6:20-Allan, 6:45-Colonsay/Aberdeen

Performance Pieces

Rippling Watercolors…………….Brian Balmages

Turkish March……………………Ludwig Van Beethoven

Saskatoon Blades performance tomorrow! Friday March 9th

Saskatoon Blades Fundraiser Performance

For students playing O’Canada at the Saskatoon Blades game tomorrow night here are the details:

  • Meet at 5:45pm in the arena at section W or in the Affinity entrance if you don’t have a ticket.
  • There is a short rehearsal on the ice at 6pm
  • Wear all black (smart dress) The band polo shirts will be there
  • Bring your music:O Canada
  • We perform at 7pm on the ice then we return to our seating area for the game.

If there is anyone else that wants to play tomorrow night it is still not to late. Just meet at 5:45pm and you can get your tickets upon arrival. Please let Mr. Martin or Ms. Thompson know if this is the case so we are expecting you.

See you all tomorrow night!

Division Hub Rehearsal Tomorrow – Feb 28th

Just a reminder for grade 7-12 there is a Division Rehearsal tomorrow. We have two more before our trip to Regina to take part in Optimist Festival on March 23rd. Please be in attendance.

  • Repertoire for Optimist Festival :  Turkish March                    Rippling Watercolors

Grade 5/6- Both Groups should be rehearsing Stormchasing.