Hope everyone had a great weekend and congrats again to Blaze and Kristina who played in the 2016 University of Saskatchewan High School Select Wind Orchestra.
We have a special guest coming to work with the Senior Winds rehearsal tomorrow evening. Renowned composer Dr. Peter Meechan will be returning to Saskatoon to record the senior band for his upcoming commission “Skyscapes” which will feature a track accompaniment featuring the PSSD East Senior Winds.
It is hugely important all Seniors are at the rehearsal.
Look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
Congratulations to Blaze Schmidt and Kristina Rance who were invited and took part in the 2016 High School Select Wind Orchestra performing at the University of Saskatchewan this afternoon.
This is the 13th year the U of S has put on this tremendous event to showcase the best High School band students from the north of Saskatchewan and have them work both with University Faculty and clinicians. Blaze and Kristina were among 80 students, including three from PSSD West, that took part in rehearsals Friday night and all day Saturday before performing to a packed crowd at Quance Theatre.
The concert also featured music from Dr. Peter Meechan (also pictured above) who worked with our PSSD bands last year and will be at rehearsal tomorrow night in Clavet to record the band for a special new commission that will be performed out our Spring Fling Concert later in the year.
We are excited to be taking the trip down to Regina to play in the Optimist Band Festival on March 15th. The Intermediate Band will perform at 11:00am at the Conexus Arts Centre. Parent and relatives are welcome to come watch us perform.
More details to follow closer to the date.
We hope you have had a great start to 2016. Please accept our apologies for not getting this information out sooner. We have had to jump through a few more hoops than expected in planning this special trip and making it both as affordable as possible while also giving the students the most unique music experience they have had to this point in their careers.
We are extremely excited it will be the first time anyone in the division has been accepted to take part in the Prestigeous Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival and even more that it is the first time we will combine senior bands that will match the numbers of the top inner city school bands that also compete in this festival from across Canada and beyond. This year is the 25th Anniversary of the Festival and we are one of 100 bands that successfully auditioned. A further 50 schools were turned away.
The Festival takes place at the world renowned Banff Centre, one of the most stunning venues to perform on the planet. Students will perform a 20 minute concert which will then be adjudicated by their World class faculty and clinicians. There are also multiple instrument specific clinics and lectures on various facets of musicianship and concerts from the University of Manitoba Wind Orchestra and the internationally acclaimed New York Voices.
In addition to musical activities we will be travelling into the Rocky Mountains to take in some of the never ending natural attractions including a Glacier Walk and visit to Banff Hot Springs.
Please find attached the Tour itinerary and costs. We are very fortunate to be able to reduce the costs by over half for the students through assistance from the division and East and West Band Parents associations. There will also be several opportunities for students to fundraise for themselves to cover even more of the cost in the upcoming months. The cost of the Trip will be $300 which includes all activities, travel, Accommodation at the Banff International hotel and participation in the festival.
This is a huge opportunity and learning experience for all students and for the program itself and we want to do everything we can to ensure that everyone attends and we put on the best possible performance we are capable of.
It is important and we need to know final numbers before the February break to confirm with Hotels and the festival itself. Please contact Mr. Streisel, Mr. Ward or Mr. Martin to confirm attendance or if you have any questions.
Thank you again for your patience and support,
Adam Streisel AJ Ward Will Martin
The Senior Winds will be joining the West Side Senior Program to take part in the prestigious 25th Anniversary of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival from April 20th-24th.
The band will perform at 20 minute mini concert in the festival on Thursday April 21st and will be adjudicated on the performance the following day. Students will also be taking part in masterclasses, clinics and lectures at the Banff Centre with esteemed guest artists and attend concerts with the multi award winning ‘New York Voices’ and the University of Manitoba Winds. While being immersed in some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet students will also be taking trips out into the many rocky mountain attractions.
A full itinerary and break down of costs/payment plans will be released this coming Monday 25th.
Thank you for your patience as we work with tour guides to get the best pricing options in place.
Due to finals there are no division rehearsals this coming Monday January 25th.
In their stead students should be working on the following:
- In the Cave you fear
- Hypnotic Fireflies
Hoping everyone has had a great start to the New Year and had a fantastic Holiday Season. We have a lot of exciting events lined up this year for all musicians in PSSD and look forward to seeing everyone this week.
The first Monday evening rehearsal is this coming Monday January 4th. With our winter weather it is hugely important to get every rehearsal minute we can to prepare for the upcoming music festival season and tour.