Tuesday 25 November 2014

Music Department Jacket Update

NEW - NOV 28 - Sample jackets are here.  Try them on in the choral room.  Order forms and cheques due December 4th.

We have just heard from Big Sand that there has been a slight delay in getting the sample jackets into Winnipeg.  Sample jacket sizes should be here by the end of the week.  The due date for the order will be adjusted accordingly.

Monday 24 November 2014

Don't let me down

Ok fellow band-eees, we are getting to that time of the year where you are swamped with work and the temptation is to let somethings slide.  It is completely understandable and that is why I remind you that we all need to be one part ski jump girl, one part tenacious mousie and one part ukulele boy. You do not have to have it all perfect just have fun and who knows where you'll end up.

In the mean time..... Don't Let Me (Us) Down!

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Music Department Jacket Order

This year the Music Department (Band and Choral) have decided to offer students the opportunity to purchase department jackets.  

Westwood Band and Choral students who wish to order a jacket may choose Small, Medium or Large in Men’s Style OR  Women’s Style.  All jackets black with charcoal piping, and will have a maroon “W” on the left front panel, with a grey outline around the letter, and with black words “Westwood Music” inside the letter.
Jacket price includes name of student left sleeve, and costs $65.54 (taxes included)
Adding disciplines (i.e. Band, Choral, Vocal Jazz, Jr. Jazz, etc) on the right sleeve cost $3.50 per line (taxes included).

Sample size jackets for students to try on will be at the school by November 21st. Deadline for submitting this order form is Friday,  November 28th. Payment is by cheque, made out to Westwood Collegiate. Please note - 
Although order forms are being distributed in class, you can download the order form from the link below.

All orders are paid by cheque only (Westwood Collegiate) and must be turned into Mr. Edwards or Ms. Russell no later than Friday November 28th with a completed order form.

A Gentle Reminder

Happy Tuesday everyone,

Just a gentle reminder that all instrument rentals and percussion fees were due yesterday (November 17).

If you are unsure if your son or daughter is responsible for a rental fee or percussion fee, just click on the banner link at the top of this page and check out the enclosed list of the students and the fees owing for which particular instrument.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Edwards at your earliest convenience.

Thursday 6 November 2014

Brandon Jazz/ Galapagos/ IB/ Nationals

After some consideration and thought, we are going to recommend that students participating in the Galapagos trip DO NOT attend the Brandon jazz festival.  I have spoken with Mr. Shoesmith and the departure date seems to be staying with the 20th which could prove to be fairly problematic.

All apologies for any confusion.  If you have paid your deposit for Brandon and you are involved in the Galapagos tour, your $100.00 will be refunded.

With the  IB exam dates being public since last June, it is paramount that any student that is involved in the Nationals tour correlate their exam dates with our tour dates.  We ARE NOT recommending that IB students travel to Nationals, as we ARE NOT going to be in a situation to proctor student IB exams.  Please check with Mr. Valentim immediately if you have any concerns.

If you have made the $200 payment and you are not able to attend due to the IB exam schedule, your deposit will be refunded.

Please contact Mr. Edwards or Ms. Russell immediately if you have any concerns.

Wednesday 5 November 2014

What Happened to Westwood Percussion Pride?

Hang on for a bit of a rant folks,

I have had the pleasure of being in a vast majority of the band rooms in this province as a guest and I can say that without a shadow of a doubt that we have one of the finest.  We have some truly impressive instruments that other schools would sell their xboxes for. .... not to mentions the mallet choices.  Lately, though, the percussionists have been treating the band room like their bed room.... literally, thousands of dollars of instruments are being abused and left to be knocked over by anyone who comes into the room.  Mallets are pulled apart for fun and abused and left lying around like used clothing on the bedroom floor.

Maybe percussionists  are under the impression that "Dobby"is going to clean up after them.  Well, that might be true, as I usually do clean up and tidy after them.


It is time that percussionists, start showing some Westwood pride!  There was a time when you did not take all of this for granted, so I know you can do it.

Mallets go in the mallet drawer.  Cords and cables get wrapped up.  Things that break or are broken are reported to Mr. Edwards so they can be fixed or replaced.

If we do not change our methods, it is only a matter of time that something of real value gets broken.

Enough talk.... "Let your performance do the talking."


We have finalized the agenda (dates) and cost for Nationals.  We need to meet, most likely no more than 15 minutes, to ensure that all stake holders are okay with the changes. Consequently, we will be  meeting on November 13th at 6:30 PM in the Band Room.  All students and parents are strongly encouraged to attend.

Tuesday 4 November 2014

Fun Reminder

A student recently brought this cool video to my attention...... I guess there is music everywhere.

While you re-evaluate your washing machine, please be mindful of these dates:

Payments due via Cash-Online:

       1.   Brandon Jazz - non-refundable deposit of $100 due on the 7th of November.

       2.   Nationals  - non-refundable deposit of $200 due on the 7th of November.

       3.   Rental Fees are due on the 17th of November.  Click on the link above for more info.

Brandon Jazz Forms are due on the 7th, as well.  These forms are available by clicking on the link above - Brandon Jazz '15

Also, if you wish more information about Nationals click on the link above.


Self-Assessments, Sectionals and Re-testing for the first quarter are now closed - I will do my best to include any re-testing and self-assessments that come in after today; however, I cannot guarantee their inclusion on this report card.

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