Friday 27 February 2015

Brandon Jazz Final Payment

Hello Brandon Jazzers!

It is hard to believe that we are only a few weeks away from departure.  Thank you to Ms. Russell for all her hard work in behind the scenes to put this event together.  We have now figured out or final cost at $79.00. This payment is due on Thursday…. that's this thursday March 5th.  You can find the payment on Power school.

Also, if you have not submitted all of the forms form the website, please fill them out and return them to  Mr. Edwards as soon as possible.

You can find the forms here - Brandon Jazz Forms

Looking forward to a fantastic tour!

Thursday 19 February 2015

Tyson Wins GOLD!!!!!!

Way to go Tyson!
From the Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba is having a gold-letter day at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
Tyson Langelaar captured this province’s third gold medal at 2015 Canada Winter Games event in British Columbia. Langelaar broke away from the pack with 1.5 laps to go in his long-track speedskating event (mass start) in Fort St. John, and edged a skater from Quebec for the gold.

Click here for Tyson's bio from the Canada Games site - Tyson Langelaar

Long track Canada Winter Games speed skating results

Only one day remains for long track speed skating at the Pomeroy Sport Centre for the Canada Winter Games. Day two has come to a close as skaters took part in the mass start events, as well as the men’s 1,500 metre race, and the women’s 1,000 metre race.
In the men’s mass start winning gold was Tyson Langelaar of Manitoba with a time of 7:03.64. Taking the silver was Antoine Roger of Quebec in 7:03.91, and winning bronze was Lucas Morin of Saskatchewan as he finished the race in 7:04.02.

Winning gold in the women’s mass start was Carolane Gingras of Quebec in 5:20.20. Silver and bronze went to two B.C. skaters as Carolina Hiller and Sara Spence finished with times of 5:20.23, and 5:20.38 respectively.

Taking home the top spot in the women’s 1,000 metre race was Geanne Blais Dufour of Quebec in 1:22.27. Silver and bronze again went to Carolina Hiller and Sara Spence of B.C. They clocked in at 1:23.76, and 1:23.80 for their respective races.

Lucas Morin of Saskatchewan won the gold medal in the men’s 1,500 metre race at 1:56.01. Silver went to Alberta’s Kevin Yaholnitsky in 1:56.68, and winning bronze was Antoine Roger of Quebec in 1:56.85. Dawson Creek’s Jacob Graham also took part in the event but the illness that he was dealing with yesterday further hindered him in today’s races as he finished in 2:03.90.

As mentioned tomorrow if the final day of long track speed skating at the Pomeroy Sport Centre for the Canada Winter games. The schedule is listed below:
09:30 Speed Skating Long Track – 5000 m Male Final – Final
11:30 Speed Skating Long Track – 3000 m Female Final – Final

Way to go Tyson!!!!!!  Tyson is a member of the Gr. 10 Concert Band.


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Sit back, crank up your speakers and dive into the world of INCREDIBOX.

P.S. - IF you have not tried versions 1-3, do them first before going into version 4.0

Tuesday 10 February 2015

Lincoln Love

On Monday February 2nd, students from the Grade 8 concert band @ Lincoln travelled to Westwood to take part in a workshop put on by Mr. Edwards and his Symphonic Band. The day was broken up into sectionals and full band rehearsals. To see the Westwood grade 11 and 12 students teaching the grade 8’s in the sectionals was incredible. They acted in a very professional manor and we believe both Lincoln students and Westwood students learned a great deal. We also took part in a mass band rehearsal at the end of the morning, which was nothing short of amazing. We ended the morning with a pizza lunch in the cafeteria and again to see the interactions between Westwood and Lincoln was very powerful. 

Lincoln has posted a great article with some fantastic photos on their blog.  Read all about it here - Lincoln Love

Monday 9 February 2015

Optimist Festival 2015

Our next big undertaking is the Optimist International Band and Jazz Festival.

24th at 8:00PM - 10 Concert Band @ Optimist Festival at the Convention Centre

25th at 2:50PM - 9 Concert Band @ Optimist Festival at the Convention Centre

Gr. 9 Concert band will be travelling by school bus and will be leaving at 1:00PM and returning by 4:30PM.  I have sent a permission form today with your son/daughter; however, I have also posted it online incase it gets misplaced along the way.

Click here for the:  Optimist Gr. 9 Permission form

27th at 6:20PM - Symphonic Band @ Optimist Festival at the Convention Centre


7th at 3:35PM - Sr. Jazz @ Optimist Jazz Festival at North Kildonan Mennonite Church, 1315 Gateway

Band members are expected to be in the lobby of the convention centre at the bottom of the escalators one hour before performance time. Gr 10 Concert Band and Symphonic Band are to find their own transportation to and from the event.

Our ensembles perform better with an audience.  Please do your very best to come with your son or daughter and support them as they compete at the festival.  Bring a friend or a neighbour and celebrate the amazing music that our young people are making.  Admission is $2.00

A reminder to symphonic band members that we have volunteered to help with clean up on Friday night.  Please plan to stay for about a hour after our clinic to help stack chairs and stands as well as helping to put the festival bits and pieces back in their boxes.  Parents are more than welcome to help.

Keera Lyall: Band Student in the NEWS

This year, Keera was selected as the ambassador for the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation.

She was also selected as part of the Shaw TV Wish Experience and her wish was to jam with JP Hoe.

So last week,  Keera had the opportunity to jam with one of her idols, the wonderful and talented JP Hoe!

Watch the full footage on the link below and thank you to Ms. Lyall for also send me footage from the jam session.

Way to go Keera.... we are all super proud of you and your music making!

Keera, JP and Brendan

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