Hello friends and family of the SD60 Band Students!
Thank you so much to our colleague David Price for his amazing video editing skills to bring you a compilation of the Highlights of our Pandemic Band Year, our virtual “concert”.
The Senior Concert Band is our premier ensemble in SD60, directed by David Price. Mr. Price is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Music Education program, and has been directing the Senior Band for over a decade. The Senior Concert Band involves students from both North Peace Secondary and the Energetic Learning Campus. Sabrina Brooks is his assistant conductor.
Here is the Senior Band’s Year End Concert:
The Senior Jazz Band is directed by our local Jazz Master Nicholas Everett, Alice Maundrell (who studied with saxophone Jazz Giant Wendall Clanton), and Joe Brooks. It welcomes students from North Peace Secondary and the Energetic Learning Campus as well.
Here is their rendition of “Feeling Good”:
This was filmed and edited by band members Shannon Cote and Ashley McGillis.
The 8/9 Concert Band
The Grade 8/9 Concert Band is directed by the Co-ordinator of the SD60 Band Program, Sandra Gunn. Alice Maundrell is her assistant director. The Grade 8/9 band is planning on attending MusicFest Canada, the national band competition, next year now that Covid is coming to an end!
This year the 8/9 band enjoyed two online festival adjudications with prominent music adjudicators and that was one bonus of having the online version of the festivals is that we could have very prestigious musicians doing the adjudication. It was great to know that SD 60 band is able to achieve high festival awards (silver for 8/9) from national and international adjudicators. The 8/9 band loved to practice together at night band so much that night rehearsals were extended an extra month!
Here is the Grade 8/9 Concert Band Year End Concert:
The Grade 7 Band is directed by Alice Maundrell. Sandra Gunn is her assistant director.
The Beginner Band is made up of students from all 11 elementary schools, and is directed by Sabrina Brooks. David Price is the assistant director. This year they were still able to compete in the local PRN Festival and have a lot of fun, even with all the pandemic rules. We have our highest retention in history with most of our students carrying on into Grade 7 Band next year. Well done!
Snapshots from the last few weeks:
Here is the Beginner Band Year End Concert: