Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Merry Quizmas

With the snow falling all of our band thoughts turn to "Quizmas" our affectionate name for the band mind-term.

Yes, my gift to you, playing tests are coming to a band near you and will begin the week of the 12th and wrap up the following Monday.  After looking through numerous pieces, the bands have all selected their music for concert and the playing tests will be exclusively on this music.  Each student will be asked to play though these pieces and recieve a mark based on our standardband rubric.  The "Official Quizmas" Marking Rubric 

Sunday, 20 November 2016

On My Way Back

To all of you who have been wondering about my departure, I thought it was time to break the silence and let you know that I am doing much better and I am on what I feel is a very good path towards recovery.

Earlier this summer I started noticing some pains in my body that I could not account for.  This escalated to the point where I started to lose the use of my arms; which ultimately led to my departure, as I could no longer do my job.

Under several doctors care and after many appointments, I was diagnosed with a severe form of tendinopathy which ultimately spread, at one point, through my whole body.

I am now beginning to do many of the things I used to do and we anticipate that I will return to Westwood (my second family) on December 5th.

I would like to thank Mr. Walden who has stepped in without hesitation to ensure that the band program keeps moving forward. And, I would also like to acknowledge the unwavering support of Mr. Dueck.

I also want to thank all of you who have sent private messages and have stood by without truly knowing what was going on. Your: calls, texts, emails and cards have been great sources of strength.

See you soon.

Miss you lots.

Mr. E