Week Ahead Oct 7th

  • This Monday – Division Hub Rehearsals – ALLAN
  • All Week – Coffee House Class – Grade 7-12 “In school” classes – (student remember to bring nut-free shareable snacks)

UPCOMING: Senior Joint East/West Hub – Friday afternoon October 18th

University of Saskatchewan Open House

Please see the below about a great opportunity to visit the U of S Music Department and see what they are all about!

The University of Saskatchewan Music Department are hosting our Annual Open House at the University of Saskatchewan, Department of Music on Friday, October 4.  We invite any students and parents to join us for what is sure to be an informative and entertaining afternoon and evening.  Students will be treated to free masterclasses, concerts, campus tours, recitals, information sessions and dinner to experience firsthand the vibrant music scene at the Department of Music. 

Of special note is our evening performance “Play it Forward”, which features the Greystone Singers, U of S Jazz Orchestra and the U of S Wind Orchestra. The concert is free and we encourage those attending to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Saskatoon Food Bank. 

Attached is a poster detailing the Open House activities and the link for registration.  Several of the events invite teachers and parents to attend as well, and we hope that you are able to attend some of our evening activities.  Please contact Jennifer Lang at jennifer.lang@usask.ca or 306-966-6812 if you have any additional questions, or you require further information.

Week Ahead

Division Rehearsal #2 at Allan Tomorrow – September 23rd

Looking forward to the second division hub rehearsal of the year at Allan tomorrow. Remember your instruments and music and bring a friend 🙂

Recordings of the Senior Band piece have been added to the senior page.

Until then.. Clap on…

Division Rehearsals Begin!

We are just a few days away from our first Division Hub Rehearsal of the year! The East Band Students have their first Division Hub Rehearsal this coming Monday, September 9th. West students start on the 16th.

All students need to fill out a bus permission form and hand in to your school Admin assistant before boarding the bus this coming Monday.

Who: All students in grades 7-12 studying instrumental music must attend the Division Hub, Grade 10-12 in particular to fulfil curricular hour obligations. In addition this year in the East any students in grade 6 wanting a challenge are welcome to join.

What: An afternoon of larger ensemble rehearsals that provide students with the chance to play in a larger ensemble, make connections with other students and diversify their opportunities for performance and study in music


  • Full Ensembles: Junior Band (6/7) Senior Winds (8-12)
  • Breakout Groups: Song (choral), Rhythmbox (Percussion ensemble), Strung (Guitar), Small Ensembles, Combo (Jazz/Rock/pop)
  • Technique: Private pull out 1 on 1 lessons
  • Sectionals: Brass/Woodwind/Percussion

Happy New Year!

Nearly the start of a new year and we couldn’t be more excited with the plans for the year ahead and getting back making music!

A reminder that Division Rehearsals this year have been moved to MONDAYS – not Wednesdays.

Division rehearsals will continue to be at the same time but on the new day (Every other Monday) as this has the least impact of on Extra Curricular. Events, field trips and in school events.

Allan Hub Rehearsals (Mon 1-4:30pm East Students 6-12)
Sept: 9, 23                      March: 2,23
Oct: 7, 28                        April: 6, 27
Nov: 18                           May: 11
Dec: 2                              June: 1, 15
Jan: 6, 20
Feb: 10
Asquith Hub Rehearsals (Mon 1-4:30pm – West Students 6-12)
Sept: 16, 30                   March: 16, 30
Oct: 21                          April: 20
Nov: 4, 25                     May: 4,25
Dec: 9                           June: 8
Jan: 13, 27
Feb: 3, 24

More exciting news coming soon 🙂

Final Rehearsal June 12th

Thank you all for a wonderful year end celebration at the Johnny Arcand Roof last Wednesday.

There is one final division rehearsal on Wednesday June 12th. Both the East and West students will come together one final time this year. More details coming at the end of the week.

Reminder – Senior Coursework/Skills – All seniors have their term three skills and coursework due soon.

  • Grade 7-9 – 10 Skills per term
  • Grade 10-12 – 15 Skills per term

Happy Year End Celebration

24 hours to go….

See below post for full information for tomorrows concert for grades 5-12 across PSSD East and West.

No Division Band in Allan tomorrow as it is concert night

Repertoire for tomorrow:

Senior Pieces: Dark Matter Portrait of Terry Fox John Williams Movie Adventures

Senior Brass: Blackbird Special . Carnival of the Animals (Lion, Elephant, Fossils) Beyond the Clouds (West only) We got that fire (Everyone)

RhythmBox: March of the Ardvaark Lullaby for PJ (lowtide – Helping West rhythmbox)

Year end celebration – THIS WEDS May 29th

2019 Year End Music Celebration Final Information

Who: Grade 5 – 12 Music Students from across Prairie Spirit School Division

What: Year End Music Celebration with Barbeque and Bake Sale Fundraiser

Where: John Arcand Roof – See Directions on Back of Page  

When: May 29th, 2019. Please have all Grade 7-12 performing students at the venue by 5:45pm. Grade 5-6 students are expected to arrive by 6:30pm but are welcome to come earlier.

Dear Music Families,

Our final concert is right around the corner. We are writing you today to inform you of the finalized details for this fun event.

There will be a few chairs provided for seating, but please bring your own lawn chair if you can. Please note the venue is partially outdoors, so please be prepared for the weather.

There is no charge to get into the concert, but we will be doing a silver collection on top of our bake sale and barbeque fundraiser. There will also be raffle tickets available for purchase. The raffle will be drawn during the formal portion of the concert. All proceeds from the evening will go directly towards musical activities and opportunities for our band students for the 2019-2020 school year.

The barbeque will start at 6:00pm and will be first come first served and is cash only. The charge for the barbeque will be $5 which includes your choice of a hotdog or hamburger, one drink, and one item from the bake sale. If you would like to purchase additional drinks or bake sale items they will be charged at $1 a piece. We ask that all Grade 7 – 12 students bring one dozen items for the bake sale. We ask that these items do remain nut free due to allergies. If you are in Grade 5 or 6 you are welcome to bring items for the bake sale, but it is not mandatory.

Please have your music student at the venue by 5:45pm so you can grab a bite to eat, enjoy the informal performances, and be prepared for the formal program to begin at 7:00pm. The formal program will include the East West Jazz Band, West Rhythm Box, Junior Band, Brass Ensemble, East and West Beginners, and our Senior Band. Grade 5 and 6 students are to dress smart, Grade 7 – 12 are to dress smart or in all black.

Please do not hesitate to contact your music teacher if you have any questions.

Yours musically,

Mr. Will Martin (william.martin@spiritsd.ca) , Mr. AJ Ward (alexander.ward@spiritsd.ca)  and Ms. Shelby Thompson (shelby.thompson@spiritsd.ca)

Performance Groups

Please ask your student which groups they are performing in. They may be in more than one.

6:00-7:00pm – Informal Performances during BBQ/Bake Sale

  • EastWest Full Group Song Class
  • Cadi Watson
  • Abigayle Prosser
  • Tori Trent, Delaney Shanks, Gabrielle Trent
  • Colonsay Clangers
  • East Rhythm Box

7:00 – Formal Concert

  • East2West Jazz Band
  • West Rhythm Box
  • West Junior Band
  • Senior Brass
  • Grade 5 Band
  • Grade 6 Band 
  • Division Senior Band

Senior tour update:

Congratulations to the Senior East and West students that completed their tour to Winnipeg. It was a real pleasure to work and spend time with these amazing students! We look forward to seeing everyone again this coming Wednesday for our final concert.