Congratulations to the spectacular grade 5’s and 6’s that took part in the Music Monday Beginner retreat in Allan this past Monday and thanks to our wonderful clinicians that worked with the students.

Tomorrow is Division Rehearsal in Allan but also this coming Thursday all senior students will travel to the University of Saskatchewan to have a fantastic day of workshops and fun with University of Saskatchewan faculty members. Parents are welcome.

Students need to be dropped at the University of Saskatchewan Education Building (28 Campus Dr, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1) for 8:30am and picked up from Prairie Jurassic (618 Cynthia St, Saskatoon, SK S7L 6A2) at 6pm.

Students will be working with three fantastic clinicians throughout the day and rounding it off with Laser tag at Prairie Jurassic. There is no cost for this day (activity paid for through band fees) but students need to arrange car pooling or transport to and from the day and bring a packed lunch. Students need clean runners/Grip socks for laser tag.


  • 8:30am– Arrive and Team Building

(Gather in the main hall at the Education building by Quance Theatre)

  • 9:00-10:30 – Full Band Rehearsal with Paul Suchan


  • 10:50-12:15– Composition session w/ Paul Suchan (East Percussionists w/ Darrell Bueckert)


  • 1-3pm– Song Class with Jennifer Lang /RhythmBox (percussion ensemble) w/ Darrell Bueckert
  • 3:15 – Depart for Prairie Jurassic
  • 4-6pm – Prairie Jurassic Activities
  • 6pm – Depart

Guest Clinicians

Paul Suchan   (Conductor for full band, Composition session)

With works described as engaging, diverse and profound, Canadian composer, performer and music educator Paul Suchan has been performed by many of Canada’s leading ensembles including the McGill Wind Symphony, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Universite de Montreal Big Band and the National Youth Band of Canada. In December 2011, at the age of only 28, Mr. Suchan’s ninety minute opera, The Beast in the Jungle, was performed in Montreal with orchestra under the baton of the composer. In 2014 Mr. Suchan was awarded first place in the Canadian Band Association Composition Competition for his piece Swiftriver Passage.

In addition to Mr. Suchan’s collaborative work with community and high school groups, he is the Co-founder and current Co-Artistic Director of the Sask New Music Festival, an annual 3-day festival that features Saskatchewan and prairie composers. He is in demand as a performer, conductor and clinician and has taught at both the secondary and post secondary level. He performs regularly on saxophone and piano with many different ensembles, including his jazz trio, PFM.

Mr. Suchan is from Saskatoon, where he graduated with a B. Mus/B.Mus Ed (2007) from the University of Saskatchewan. He furthered his studies at the Universite de Montreal with a M.Mus in Composition (2012) with composer Alan Belkin. He is currently based in Montreal where he lives with his wife Naomi.

Dr. Jennifer Lang – Vocal (Song Sessional)

Dr. Jennifer Lang is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Saskatchewan where she directs the Greystone Singers and the University Chorus.

While completing her graduate studies at the University of Western Ontario, Jennifer instructed advanced choral techniques and music education courses at the Don Wright Faculty of Music and Faculty of Education.  In addition to serving as Program Coordinator for Musical Futures Canada, she was an instructor in the Teaching Support Centre, director of the UWO Choir and a conductor within the Amabile Boy’s and Men’s choirs of London, ON.

Prior to completing her doctorate, Jennifer served as a program leader of vocal and instrumental secondary school music with the District of Niagara Arts Academy in the District School Board of Niagara.

Darrell Bueckert – Percussion (RhythmBox sessional)

Darrell is a graduate of the University of Manitoba (B.A.) and the University of Saskatchewan (B.Mus. Mus.Ed. and M.Ed. in instrumental music). He has performed with many professional organizations including both the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra where he is now Principal Timpanist.

Darrell has also been a founding member of several percussion ensembles which have performed throughout Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories for schools and communities. Darrell was an itinerant band teacher in the Saskatchewan Valley School Division and is now on faculty with the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan as Applied Percussion Instructor and Sessional Lecturer in Music Education. From 2006-2009 Darrell was also Adjunct Professor to the College of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Regina.

Written by willmartin