Optimist 2020

Here at Westwood we are HUGE supporters of the Optimist Band Festival. This is a mandatory competitive performance for all of our ensembles - Jazz and Concert Band.

This year's dates (2020) are Feb - 18-21 - Concert Band and March 4-7 - Jazz Band.  

As soo as we receive our performance dates and times this site will be updated with the current information.

If you would like to get a feel for the festival experience, feel free to look through last year's information below.



Here is all of the information for the 2019 Optimist Festival


OPTIMIST JAZZ BAND INSTRUCTIONS AND EQUIPMENT LIST

2019 Optimist Band and Jazz festival dates were made official yesterday.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, Please mark your calendars, in past we have ended up with conflicts because students have procrastinated in mentioning these dates to parents.

This is going to be one amazing festival run with 7 bands at competition.

Optimist Concert Band - Convention Centre 375 York.

THURSDAY, February 21ST

3:00 PM Gr. 9 Concert Band -  Performance time - Room 4
Students will be taken down and return by school bus.
1:15 PM Pick up at Westwood Collegiate (360 Rouge Rd) going to the Convention Centre
4:20 PM Pick -up at the convention centre returning to Westowod Collegiate (360 Rouge Rd)
4:50 ISH - @Westwood

8:15 PM Grade 10 Concert Band - Performance Time - Room 2F

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the convention centre

3:30 PM all percussionists meet in the band room to pack up instrumentation

6:45 PM - All members must be at the convention centre and meet Mr. Edwards at the bottom of the main escalators.  We should be finished adjudication and photo by 9:30PM

Friday, February 22nd

6:45 PM - Symphonic Band - Room 2

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the convention centre


3:30 PM all percussionists meet in the band room to pack up instrumentation
4:30 PM  - All members must be at the convention centre and meet Mr. Edwards at the bottom of the main escalators.  We should be finished adjudication and photo by 8:00PM

Each year the Optimist festival is run by a group of dedicated volunteers from the various Optimist Clubs in Winnipeg.  For the past 7 years,in the spirit of volunteerism,  Westwood Collegiate has been the workforce that helps the administrative team pack up the festival.  All symphonic band members are encouraged to bring a change of clothes as we will be: stacking chairs, stands and putting the percussion section back in its boxes and helping festival organizers.  We will be done sometime around 9:30PM with clean-up.

This does qualify for volunteer hours for those who need them.


Optimist Jazz Band - Franco Manitoban Cultural Centre 340 Provencher Blvd.

Thursday February, 28th

6:30 PM Westwood B.I.G. Band -  Performance time.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the convention centre

3:30PM all percussionists meet in the band room to pack up instrumentation.

5:30PM - All members must be at the Franco Manitoban Cultural Centre 340 Provencher Blvd. and meet Mr. Edwards.  We should be finished adjudication and photo by 7:30 PM-ISH


Friday March 1st

8:00 PM Little Tykes Jazz Orchestra -  Performance time.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the convention centre

3:30 PM all percussionists meet in the band room to pack up instrumentation.

5:45 PM - All members must be at the Franco Manitoban Cultural Centre 340 Provencher Blvd. and meet Mr. Edwards.  We should be finished adjudication and photo by 9:00 PM-ISH

Saturday March 2nd

7:30 PM Sr. Jazz Band -  Performance time.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the convention centre

3:30PM  on Friday touch base with LTJO percussionists at 3:30 and meet in the band room to pack up instrumentation.
5:30PM - All members must be at the Franco Manitoban Cultural Centre 340 Provencher Blvd. and meet Mr. Edwards.  We should be finished adjudication and photo by 8:30PM-ISH