Wednesday 17 April 2019

Joint Concert with Westwood Community Band

This past Thursday, on a surprisingly hot evening in the Westwood theatre, our Sr. Jazz got a chance to share the stage with Ms. Ginny Helmer and the members of the Westwood Community Concert Band.  What a night!  The evening opened with Sr. Jazz taking the stage and sharing their project piece Minuano and their newest funk music- The Path.  These two selections will be the foundation of the band's performance in Ottawa at the Nationals in the middle of May.  After the dust had settled, the impressive Community Band took to the stage and settled in to share their fabulous music making.  Their opening number - Windjammer - paints a musical portrait of a tall ship gliding down the west coast of B.C.  For there the enthusiasm grew as the band teased us with a Fugue and a very relaxing piece entitled Air of Band.  To close out their portion of the show they played a Gershwin medley.  Super Fun!  And as if that was not enough, the members of Sr. Jazz joined the Community Band on stage for for an epic supergroup.  Together these fine musicians to the audience on a journey with their rendition of Gadget which Brough the audience immediately to their feet in ovation... a great recognition to the wonderful music that was made here this evening.  

Thursday 11 April 2019

FLOTA and Family Concert

What a whirl-wind week 
(how's that for alliteration).  We had two amazing nights of music celebration. First on April 8 all of the Arts community at Westwood came to Peter to perform at our anual Arts fundraiser call For the Love of the Arts or FLOTA.  Here Dancers, singers, visual artists and all kinds of performers entertained the packed house with fantastic moment after moment.

The next evening, we saw the invasion of the the little people as Sansome, Robert Browning and the choirs from Lincoln came together to celebrate the wonderful music making that takes place in the Westwood Family of Schools.

All of the bands performed outstandingly and there were even calls for an encore.  Hope the pictures capture some of the fun as both nights ended with the audience clapping along to Sr. Jazz as all of the performers danced to their rendition of Stevie Wonder's - Superstition.

(Apologies for not have any concert band pics, but could not conduct and hold the camera. (;

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