Category Archives: School District #60 Band Program

Band FUNdraiser a big success

Thank you everyone who supported the SD60 Band on February 23. The total raised at the event itself was $7739.20, and a $1000 corporate donation from Cougar Landscaping and Construction rose that total to $8739.20.

Cougar Landscaping and Construction is challenging all other snow removal companies to meet or beat their $1,000 donation.

The band is working to raise the $70,000 needed to take them to MusicFest Canada Nationals in Niagara Falls in May (https://musicfest.ca/festival/). Music Fest Canada is a national invitation-only competition and the last time the high school from Fort St. John was invited was 20 years ago in 1999. Students are currently practicing hard with the goal of bringing home a GOLD.

School District 60 Band Registration

School District 60 Band registration is now OPEN!

Music education has many benefits and the kids have fun while they are learning.

  • Improve language capabilities
  • Better cognitive abilities
  • Better maths skills 
  • Better test scores
  • Inspire creativity
  • Refined hand-eye coordination
  • Better memory
  • Encourage teamwork
  • Relieve stress
  • Develop social skills
  • Instil perseverance
  • Bring about a sense of achievement
  •  Learn an enviable life skill

Parents can go here to sign up for this super fun 6-12 program!

Please watch and share our SD60 Band Recruitment Tour video

Sign up for School Band!

What is the SD60 Band Program? Band is primarily an in school course, taught twice per week in the school day to smaller classes of 30.  Classes are held M/Th or Tue/F during school hours. During the students’ required fine arts time, they are bused to the new Margaret Ma Murray or Anne Roberts Young Elementary Schools for the opportunity to learn an instrument from a professional music educator. Each of these new schools have a professionally designed room especially for music. There is also a night band component to this course.

What is the commitment?

Once per week on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:30pm, all 120 students gather together at the Anne Roberts, Bert Bowes, or Ma Murray band room to play as a full band. Some weeks not all instruments are required, and a complete schedule will be sent home during the summer. Students are also required to attend two kickoff events: “Squeak and Squawk” and the “Taylor Retreat” where older band students and community members give them private and small group instruction to get them the best possible start. Students are also expected to practice for 20 minutes, 3 times per week outside of class time. Once classes start in the fall, band is expected to be a year-long commitment.

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