Awards

Year-End Awards

  • For all following awards that use the term “outstanding”, it shall mean: The student who most demonstrates exceptional understanding and skill level for a student with that much playing experience.
  • All awards will be determined by collaborative input and decisions made by the band teachers.
  • Awards will be given to students at the year-end concert.

Considerations for all awards will include:

  • skill level demonstrated through playing tests and written exams, rehearsal class time and   performance
  • Consistency, commitment, attitude work ethic
  • Level of capability being reached.

Attendance: There will be no attendance medals or certificates.

Grade 12 Students:  Band students who are in their graduating year will receive a Prairie Spirit (West) Division Band plaque at the final concert

Beginner:

  • Top 3 Most Outstanding – each will receive a certificate and a gift card

(No improvement award, as all beginners improve quite rapidly over the year, it would be too difficult to choose just one)

Junior:

  • Most Outstanding Musician

 1st year student – will receive a certificate and a gift card
2nd year student – will receive a certificate and a gift card

  • Most improved Student – to a student who demonstrates the greatest improvement in musical understanding and skill level over the course of the school year

1st year student – will receive a certificate and a gift card
2nd year student – will receive a certificate and a gift card

Senior:

  • Most Outstanding Musician

1st year student – will receive a plaque
2nd/3rd year student – will receive a plaque
4th/5th year student – will receive a plaque

  • Most improved student – to a student who demonstrates the greatest improvement in musical understanding a skill level over the course of the school year.

1st year student – will receive a certificate and a gift card
2nd/3rd year student – will receive a certificate and a gift card
4th/5th year student – will receive a certificate and a gift card

Jazz:

  • Most outstanding musician – will receive a plaque

Band Camp Bursaries – are available to any student who wants to attend a Saskatchewan Honor band or summer band camp.  Bursaries cover 100% of the tuition fee, not including accommodations.  Please ask your band director in May to get a honor band or camp brochure and application.  To receive a bursary, register with honor band or the camp and send in your full tuition fee, and then submit a copy of the receipt to your band director.  A reimbursement for the value of the tuition fee will be mailed to you.  Notes: Bursaries are awarded at the discretion of the Band Parents Association and will depend on the availability of funds.


Prairie Spirit West Band Parents Grade 12 Bursary

>> PSWBPA Award for Graduating Students – Application Form

Considerations (Any or all of the following):

  1. Musical contributions to the school, community, etc.
  2. Proof of acceptance or conditional acceptance into program of study
  3. Volunteerism
  4. Preference to a student pursuing post-secondary music studies
  5. Plans for continued involvement in music, such as in community bands
  6. Musical skill and ability
  7. Contribution to PSW band program
  8. Character
  9. Number of years of service within the band program (either ours or one a student attended in another school division)

Selection process considerations to think about:

1)      Amount of award:

  • $1000.   Silver Collection proceeds from the winter and spring concerts will fund the award, with the Band Parent’s Association topping up the fund as needed to a maximum of $1000.
  • Receipts must be submitted prior to exchange of money & must be received by the PSWBPA no later than October 15th of the year of award presentation.
  • Receipts will be accepted for post-secondary tuition, community band fees, university ensemble fees, music lesson fees, musical instrument purchase, and music books.  Other items may be considered with the executive’s approval.

2)      Application &  Nomination process:

  • All applications will be received first by all interested students, at which time an award committee formed out of the Prairie Spirit West Band Parents’ Association Executive will short-list the applicants to a maximum of three nominees for the rest of the executive to vote on.
  • The award committee will present all applicant names to the executive in addition to the selected nominees and rationale of support for each nominee.
  • The award committee shall include two executive members who are not relatives or closely connected to the applicants, and one band teacher.  (The role of the band teacher is intended to provide information about specific applicants as necessary to the committee, the band teacher shall not be directly involved in the selection of nominees).
  • The award committee shall be established at the winter executive meeting.
  • Voting on the award recipient may be done over e-mail should the executive choose so.

3)      Applications to be received by all interested students by April 28th of each year.

4)      References must be provided who are not related to the applicant.

5)      In the event of a tie:

  • Should a vote by the executive result in a tie for two of the nominees, a new vote will take place with the nominee with the lowest number of votes dropped from the list. Should a tie yet remain, the award shall be shared equally amongst the two nominees.

6)      In the event that the pool of applications does not yield a qualified candidate or there are no applicants, the PSWBPA may not present an award for that year.

7)      Presentation of award to be at the Spring final concert and to be made by a representative of the PSWBPA.