Senior Tour Update

Previous to the information sent home a month ago we have an updated tour schedule for May 22-24th. It is important that all students attend where able so we can represent the school division with all parts covered.

Due to district track happening on the Wednesday 22nd we will be leaving later after district track has concluded.The track meet involves over 15 seniors on the Wednesday.

Reminder – Deposit/Confirmation of tour attendance must be in by April 17th.

All Students must have paid their band fees to attend.

Resonate Reminders

Just some reminders tomorrow. Division Band is at Resonate. For bus times see the previous post below. There is a rehearsal for East and West at the conclusion of the day so bring you music and instrument.

Senior Brass Players, Jazz Band and RhythmBox Percussion Ensemble will be performing in the evening at 7pm at the Bassment Jazz Club. Students need to arrange transport to and from the event. For anyone wanting to come watch it is admission by donation the more the merrier. It will be an awesome show.

  • If you have cookie dough orders you can bring them to resonate.

Resonate 5th Anniversary concert Weds

Just a reminder that this Wednesday evening everyone is welcome to attend the Resonate 5th Anniversary Concert at the Bassment Jazz Club in Saskatoon, starting at 7pm.

Our Resonate Guest Artists and Faculty will be performing alongside students. The following East Senior Band groups are performing. PLEASE CONFIRM ATTENDANCE ASAP

  • The Senior East and West Brass . – With Todd Martin (Dirty Catfish Brass Band)
  • East/West Jazz – With Paul Suchan
  • RhythmBox (Percussion ensemble) – With Victoria Sparkes (University of Manitoba)

Resonate Details for Senior Division Band grade 7-12 students

Hello Teachers, Students & Parents,

This message is to provide you with the information you need about Resonate 2019 next week. PLEASE MAKE SURE THE BUS PERMISSION SLIPS ARE SIGNED AND RETURNED TO THE ADMIN ASSISTANT AT YOUR HOME SCHOOL. You cannot board a bus without the singed permission.

Bus Times

BUS 1: Allan/DundurnBus 212 –Pick up in Allan at 7:35a.m.; Dundurn Gas Station – 8:15a.m. – Arrive in Beaver Creek – 8:40a.m. Leave Beaver Creek at 4:00p.m.Drop off at Dundurn Gas Station at 4:25p.m.; Allan – 5:00p.m.
BUS 2:Aberdeen/ClavetBus 367Pick up in Aberdeen at 7:30a.m.; Clavet – 8:00a.m. – Arrive in Beaver Creek – 8:30a.m.Leave Beaver Creek at 4:00p.m.Drop off Clavet at 4:30p.m.; Aberdeen – 5:00p.m.

A few notes about your day at Resonate:

  • If you play a musical instrument, please feel free to bring it.  A few instruments like guitars and drums will also be available for use.
  • Please bring your own snacks and water bottle
  • Lunch is provided
  • Check-in opens at 8 am.  Watch for either signage or people to direct buses to appropriate parking areas.
  • Official Resonate Merchandise (T-shirts & toques) – will be for sale on site Cash only.
  • St. John’s Music will also have merchandise on site available for sale.

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We look forward to having you at Resonate 2019!

Resonate Band Day now April 3rd

Due to a change in clinicians schedule all of the PSSD East and West Senior students will be attending Resonate Band Day moved from April 5th to April 3rd. For anyone that has registered you do not need to register again.

Students will be bussed to and from their home communities/Resonate. The students have a choice of which sessions to attend during the day but will have a 45 minute joint rehearsal with East/West combined to finish the day. Lunch is included.

The guest clinicians for the day has been set (see poster below!)

Resonate Band Day – Wednesday April 3rd.

Happy New Year – Senior Notes – Resonate Registration

We welcomed division band students back yesterday for the start of what will be an exciting 2019! Please make sure you sign up for Resonate ASAP

Senior Division Rehearsal Notes 

  • Breathing Excercise handout – Please practice at home
  • New Repertoire – to Practice –>  Portrait on Terry Fox –> Lauda –> Rumble on the High Plains

Check the senior assignments page —->> . HERE for recordings and more info

APRIL 5th Resonate 2019 RegistrationALL SENIOR STUDENTS 7-12 MUST REGISTER

All senior students will be attending Resonate conference on Friday April 5th this year. In addition to other sessions the band will be working with Paul Suchan (composer) and Todd Martin (Dirty Catfish Brass Band).

Please take 5 mins to sign up ASAP ->!/0


Bus Pick ups for Tomorrows Concert

Here are the bus pick up times for tomorrows Winter Celebration
Bus 324 – Walter Martens
1:00p.m. – Colonsay; 1:25p.m. – Allan – Lakeview Church
Bus 450 – Harold Dyck
1:00p.m. – Hanley; 1:20p.m. – Dundurn; 1:40p.m. – South Corman Park – Lakeview Church
Bus 365
Gail Semchyshen – 1:05p.m. – Aberdeen – Lakeview Church
Bus 342 – Dawn Loessin – 1:20p.m. – Clavet – Lakeview Church
Bus 347 – Rick Gartner – 1:20p.m. – Clavet – Lakeview Church

Parent Chaperones Needed. Winter Concert FAQ


Winter Concert F.A.Q.

The first group performance opportunity of the year is upon us! Here are a few extra notes about the concert process for this coming Thursday (December 13th) and what to expect.

*Chaperones: If anyone is willing to chaperone and sit in either the grade 5 or 6 warm up room please let Mr. Martin know. We have to have at least 10 parent chaperones to help.* 

Performance Expectations:  

With students learning music concepts/new music for just over three months it is important that students know that we expect them only to do their best and contribute what they are capable of. The concert is a safe environment and important as much for the experience they will get from being in a large ensemble and playing in a great concert hall as it is playing all the pieces correctly.

It is also important to remember like all other subject’s students learn at a different pace. Combine this with the fact every instrument provides different challenges we encourage the students to contribute and enjoy what they are comfortable and think about the main term one goals in pitch sound/tone quality and being rhythmically accurate above all.


All students provided transport to the concert. They will catch a special bus after lunch to the concert venue so they can rehearse with the other grade 5/6’s in the East half of the division. All students need to have returned their signed bus form to ride the bus (please let me know if you need a copy). There is no charge for the bus. The do need picking up from the concert to go home. If transporting students home is an issue, please let me know. Carpooling with other students from your community is generally easily arranged. We want as many students to take part and experience the concert as possible.

Prior to the concert:

Students have a designated area where they can eat their packed supper and stay until rehearsal or concert time. Students should remember they are representing themselves their school and the division and should act with respect to their environment and people within it at ALL TIMES.

How long is the concert?

The Winter Concert is traditionally a short affair and usually runs around an hour. We ask that all students stay to listen and support the other ensembles in the concert. Students will be sat in their ensemble and have designated spots in the auditorium.

Songs to play:     

Please rehearse and work hard to improve your parts as much as you can from now until Thursday to ensure you are the best you can be. 


  • Grade 5 –  Clapping Song (I don’t Like Homework)          Banuwa               I Feel Good
  • Grade 6 –  Good King Wenceslas       Jingle Bells
  • Seniors –   Dark Matter .    With Every Winters Breath .      Schneewalzer
  • Senior Brass –     Capriccio Italien           We got that fire .        Carnival of the Animals
  • RhythmBox –       Lullaby for PJ
  • Song/Winds –   Under the Sea      Feliz Navidad      Banuwa