Senior Winds Tour – Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival

We are extremely excited and pleased to announce that the Senior Winds have been accepted into the 25th Anniversary of the prestigious Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival at the Banff Centre next April.

Nearly 150 bands auditioned for 100 spots for the 4 day festival. PSSD East Senior Winds will be combining with our West Program for the tour and event from April 20-24th 2016.

Check back to the blogsite for more information first as we get it.

University of Regina Brass Days – October 14th

U of R Brass Days

This past Wednesday a collection of 30 Intermediate and Senior Brass players from both the East and West Music programs traveled down, upon invitation, to the University of Regina to take part in a day of clinics and performances for Brass instruments.

During the morning the younger students had instrument specific clinics and then performed a specially arranged fanfare with mass band. Massive being the an apt decription with over 450 students performing on stage at the same time:

20151014_11251420151014_112521Following the Intermediate (Jnr) Brass sessions there was a faculty lunchtime concert recital. In addition to listening some of the finest musicians in the province the audience was also wowed by guest soloist .Tom McCaslin (Tuba) playing his unique performance of the Beatles song “Blackbird”. Tom was born and raised in Regina but now resides in the States, jetting in for the week and showing everyone why he is recognized as one of the greatest Tuba players on the planet. (more on Tom here:

The seniors then took part in similar clinics and a performance before we came home.


Thanks to Brent Ghiglione, the University of Regina and St.Johns Music for putting this great opportunity and event together.

Handouts for the sessions can be found below and on the Senior/Intermediate Band Pages. The include some great warm up exercises, hints and tips to strengthen your brass playing.

Trumpet – Easy duet Air Slurs-1    miles hand out      Easy duet-1

Trombone – Trombones – Brass Day 2015 handout

French Horn – University of Regina Brass Day      Burdick-student-hand-out©                                                              Burdick-music-examples-4pg

Euphonium – Euphonium   EuphHandout

Tuba – TubaHandout      A Basic Daily Practice Routine for Tuba

Brass Masterclass for Intermediate and Seniors


 Hope you are having a great start to the week. All of our Brass Students have been given an exciting opportunity. The University of Regina has invited all intermediate and Senior Brass students from the entire division down to Regina on October 14th to take parts in clinics both with Regina Symphony and University Faculty Musicians, but also with special guest and acclaimed Tuba player Tom McCaslin from the University of East Carolina.
Because this a division wide event it would mean that students would likely have to get transportation from yourselves to a equidistant meeting point (Stonebridge/Walmart – Parking lot) early next Wednesday morning.
Before we can confirm full transportation options we need a firm commitment of interest by the end of Weds October 7th. The starting point of the bus will depend on the interest per community. We apologize for the short time frame but this is an opportunity that has been just presented to us and one we feel the students would hugely benefit from.
Please see that attached letter and confirm whether your son/daughter or yourself a student is able to attend at the earliest convenience.  U of R Brass Letter 
Thank you once again,
 Will Martin
 Director of Bands PSSD East

Senior Band ONLY on Monday – Bussing arrangements

Just a reminder that it is the Senior Band Retreat in Allan this coming Monday. There is no Intermediate Band Rehearsal.

In lieu of the Intermediate rehearsal please watch this space  Intermediate Assignment October 5th for a home practice assignment for all Intermediates. *The assignment will also be posted on the Intermediate Band page.

Senior Bussing to Allan

  • Hanley Students to leave school 15 mins early – 2:50pm
  • Clavet Students will be picked up by the Hanley Bus between 3:20-3:40om           (BE READY)
  • Aberdeen Students will be bussed as normal.
  • Allan Students will meet at Allan School Bandroom after school.

What to bring: Music, Instrument, Pencil and notepad, Extra money for drinks/snacks outisde of supper which is provided.