Category Archives: School District #60 Band Program

School District 60 Band Retreat

On October 15, all SD60 Beginner Band students were mentored by all SD60 Senior Band students at the North Peace Cultural Center. Just under 200 students from 14 schools were in attendance, as well as parent volunteers and former SD60 Band graduate Jonathan Pike. SD60 Band teachers Sabrina Brooks and David Price were overseeing the day.In the morning of the retreat, the Senior Band demonstrated the two songs beginners will learn for their first “real full band songs” for their Christmas Concert. 

Then, the Seniors taught the Beginners how to play Creatures in the Attic in a full day of workshops and clinics focused on learning rhythms, note names, fingerings, how to read sheet music, and how to put all that together to play a song. At the end of the day, all students performed Creatures in the Attic on stage. Video of all beginners playing their very first “real full band song”, Creatures in the Attic, dressed as creatures

Senior Band demonstrates how to play Creatures in the Attic

Then they all give it a try!

Senior Band also played for Beginners while they ate lunch the songs the Senior Band are working on for their Christmas Concert.

Senior Band plays Phantom of the Opera

Band students in every corner of the Cultural Centre!

School District 60 band wraps up year

Enjoy the year-end “virtual” concerts of the bands of School District 60

Senior Band: 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.

Senior Jazz Band: 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.

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!

Grade 7 Band: The Grade 7 Band is directed by Alice Maundrell. Sandra Gunn is her assistant director.

Beginner Band: 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!

Here We Come a Caroling

Come out and hear the Northern Lights Youth Choir perform their holiday songs as well as get a glimpse into Canadian culture through music.

Special guests: Bert Bowes Middle School band

This will be a wonderful evening filled with laughs, lullabys and holiday cheer! Don’t miss out.

Tickets: Adults $15.00 and Seniors and Children $10.00