2020 Events

  • February 5 Grade 8 & 9 Band performance for visiting elementary schools
  • Thurs. Feb. 6 Gr. 9  performance—Vincent Massey Open House
  • Feb. 25 Gr. 8 & 9  Alberta Int. Band Festival  -  Rozsa Centre, U of Calgary
  • Fri. Mar. 6 Grade 9  Jazz Performance—Ernest Manning 7 pm Big Band Cabaret
  • March 31 Grade 7 In house MRU Clinician Session
  • April 15 - 17 Grade 7 Alberta International Band Festival at Trans Alta Performing Arts Studio
  • May 8-9 Casino - volunteers required https://volunteersignup.org/PQJTH
  • June 5 Spring Concert - All bands at the Rozsa Centre, U of Calgary @ 7:00 pm                                                 (Backstage: 2 volunteers Gr. 7, 2 volunteers Gr. 8, 2 volunteers Gr.9, plus 1 for initial student check-in at door)   Plus volunteers for front of house for selling of 50-50 & raffle tickets, and door sales.

Our bands are also asked to perform from time to time at performances for the school such as Open House, Fine Arts Performances, Remembrance Day and other assemblies. Notices will be given to all students that will be participating prior to the performances so that their parents are aware of the performances. Field trip forms (on coloured paper) will be sent home to parents to be completed for all bus trips. VMMPA meets monthly in the Band room, usually the 3rd Monday of each month.  Parents are invited to attend but it is not mandatory.  

Ensembles and Performances

Symphonic Ensemble -The premier concert group of the music program. The ensemble is made up entirely of the Grade 9 students. A serious approach to more difficult musical literature is undertaken, but opportunities to broaden students musical horizons are the main focus.

Grade 8/9 Concert Band -Consists of Grade 8 and 9 students. This group pursues musical challenges and excellence within the Grade 2/3 music level.

Grade 7 Band – Consists mainly of students from the Grade 7 level, with extra students added due to instrumentation or development. The basics of performance etiquette along with instrumental technique are pursued through challenging and rewarding literature.

Senior Jazz Band – The premier jazz ensemble at Vincent Massey. This ensemble pursues challenging literature from a number of different genres, including swing, Latin, funk, and rock. There are also opportunities provided for improvisation, basic jazz theory, and jazz history. Formed from interested students currently enrolled in the Grade 9 Band Classes in early September each year.

Concerts, Camps, Festivals, and Tours

The Vincent Massey Music Program attends multiple concerts, camps, tours, and festival throughout the year. Each band performs multiple times throughout the year at different venues within Calgary, and outside of Calgary

Band Camps are musical retreats that afford the Vincent Massey Music Program the opportunity to pursue some intense musical study in a non-distracting environment. Currently the Grade 8’s and 9’s go to Camp Caroline for 3 days. This camp includes guest conductors, instrumental clinicians, and other musical opportunities.

There are two big concerts that the Vincent Massey Music Program runs each year. The Winter Concert, usually at the beginning of December, and the Spring Concert, near the end of May. With the support of Vincent Massey and the VMMPA, we are able to hold our concerts in professional venues including the Southern Jubilee Auditorium, and the Rozsa Centre.

All bands attend festivals within Calgary. Not only do these serve as a performance opportunity, but they expose the students to other musicians and conductors. In recent years, we have performed at the Alberta International Band Festival (AIBF) as well as the Alberta Band Association Festival of Bands.

All grades also have the opportunity to go on a tour each year. Grade 7’s do a day trip to Red Deer to participate in the ABA Festival of Bands, while Grade 8 and 9 band students have the opportunity to travel further abroad. The Grade 8 and 9 tour is different every year, but typically is over 2 nights. In previous years we have gone to events in: Edmonton, Banff, and, Sun Peaks to name just a few.

Instruments and Uniforms

Instrument Rentals

The Vincent Massey Music Program possesses a plethora of musical instruments for the students to use. Students are not required to buy or rent an instrument from an outside source. If they are in band, an instrument will be provided for them for a nominal fee, set by CBE. Extra instruments can be rented dependant on availability.

Instrument Selection

In grade 7, students generally will be sorted into 2 sections: Woodwinds and Brass. Depending on their class, students will have a choice of several different instruments.

Woodwinds: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon

Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba

Once in the classes, each student will have an opportunity to try out different instruments and decide on their favourite. However, final instrument choice will be decided by the Band Teacher, based on student skill, preference, availability of instruments, and musical balance of the ensemble. For example, if 15 different students play the saxophone everyone will go deaf and the other instruments will either be drowned out or not represented, distorting the sound of the ensemble.

Uniforms

Grade 7, 8, 9 Concert Bands and Symphonic Ensemble Uniforms

All Band students are to wear black pants, black socks, and black footwear for performances. Students will be issued a school band shirt in time for their first performances.  A deposit of $75.00 will be required before shirts are issued to guarantee their return in June after performances have been completed for the year.

GRADE 7  - RED SHIRTS GRADE 8 and 9  - BLUE SHIRTS SYMPHONIC ENSEMBLE  -  GREY SHIRTS

SENIOR JAZZ BLACK AND RED SHIRTS

The students will sign a form when the uniforms are given out as to the condition of their uniform. It is expected that the uniform be returned in the same condition at the end of the school year. In late May the uniforms are returned to the school and checked as to their condition. The deposit cheque will destroyed when the uniform is returned clean, pressed, and in good condition. If the uniform is: not returned, is dirty, or damaged, the deposit cheque will be cashed.

Vincent Massey Music Parents Association (VMMPA)

The VMMPA is an integral part of the music program. Our mandate is to support the music program so as to provide an enhanced musical environment for the students. The Association provides the primary source of funds to assist the Music Director's enriched curriculum.

The VMMPA is made up of all the parents/guardians of students currently enrolled in the Vincent Massey music program. Parents are encouraged to become involved as volunteers, to join as a volunteer on the Board of Directors, and to support their students at their performances throughout the year.

The VMMPA meets on a monthly basis to discuss upcoming events on the second Monday evening of the month at 7:00pm in the Vincent Massey Band Room.

Volunteer support and fundraising are the main functions of the VMMPA and are vital to maintaining a program of this caliber. The VMMPA has chosen to enhance student enrichment by:

  • Performances – The VMMPA subsidizes two major concerts each year so that our students have the opportunity to perform in Calgary’s best music venues. Past venues have been the Jack Singer Concert Hall, the Rozsa Centre, University Concert Hall and the Jubilee Auditorium. 
  • Expert Music Instruction – Additional clinicians and guest instructors are hired to share their expertise and assist in student learning and development.
  • Uniforms - How the ensemble looks has a direct relationship with their musical performance experience. The VMMPA has invested in uniforms for all ensembles because we believe the students should look as good as they sound!
  • Band Camps / Tour Subsidies – With the philosophy that all band students should be able to participate in all band activities, the VMMPA strives to keep band camp and tour fees at a reasonable level. Fundraising enables us to subsidize the cost of band camps and tours. 
  • Adopt–A–Kid - In keeping with our 100% participation philosophy, we raise specific funds for this program. Through 50/50 Draws at our major concerts, we are able to raise much-needed funds to assist families who have financial need.
  • Administrative Assistant – The VMMPA is very fortunate to be able to employ the services of an administrative assistant. With the size and complexity of our band program, it would be impossible for the Music Director to handle the multitude of responsibilities.

Fundraising Commitments – The VMMPA holds several different fundraisers each year. Gift Cards, Coco Brooks and other fundraisers as they come available are examples of other fundraising opportunities offered throughout the school year. Also the band has a casino approximately every two years that we share proceeds with the school on  a 50/50 basis. We also accept donations. It is strongly encouraged that each student participates in fundraising.

All fundraising dollars raised go directly back to the students, including but not limited to, subsidy of band camp / tour fees, busing to events, providing clinicians for small group tutoring, instrument purchases and the administrative assistant.

Information for Beginners

Music

2020 Events

  • February 5 Grade 8 & 9 Band performance for visiting elementary schools
  • Thurs. Feb. 6 Gr. 9  performance—Vincent Massey Open House
  • Feb. 25 Gr. 8 & 9  Alberta Int. Band Festival  -  Rozsa Centre, U of Calgary
  • Fri. Mar. 6 Grade 9  Jazz Performance—Ernest Manning 7 pm Big Band Cabaret
  • March 31 Grade 7 In house MRU Clinician Session
  • April 15 - 17 Grade 7 Alberta International Band Festival at Trans Alta Performing Arts Studio
  • May 8-9 Casino - volunteers required https://volunteersignup.org/PQJTH
  • June 5 Spring Concert - All bands at the Rozsa Centre, U of Calgary @ 7:00 pm                                                 (Backstage: 2 volunteers Gr. 7, 2 volunteers Gr. 8, 2 volunteers Gr.9, plus 1 for initial student check-in at door)   Plus volunteers for front of house for selling of 50-50 & raffle tickets, and door sales.

Our bands are also asked to perform from time to time at performances for the school such as Open House, Fine Arts Performances, Remembrance Day and other assemblies. Notices will be given to all students that will be participating prior to the performances so that their parents are aware of the performances. Field trip forms (on coloured paper) will be sent home to parents to be completed for all bus trips. VMMPA meets monthly in the Band room, usually the 3rd Monday of each month.  Parents are invited to attend but it is not mandatory.  

Ensembles and Performances

Symphonic Ensemble -The premier concert group of the music program. The ensemble is made up entirely of the Grade 9 students. A serious approach to more difficult musical literature is undertaken, but opportunities to broaden students musical horizons are the main focus.

Grade 8/9 Concert Band -Consists of Grade 8 and 9 students. This group pursues musical challenges and excellence within the Grade 2/3 music level.

Grade 7 Band – Consists mainly of students from the Grade 7 level, with extra students added due to instrumentation or development. The basics of performance etiquette along with instrumental technique are pursued through challenging and rewarding literature.

Senior Jazz Band – The premier jazz ensemble at Vincent Massey. This ensemble pursues challenging literature from a number of different genres, including swing, Latin, funk, and rock. There are also opportunities provided for improvisation, basic jazz theory, and jazz history. Formed from interested students currently enrolled in the Grade 9 Band Classes in early September each year.

Concerts, Camps, Festivals, and Tours

The Vincent Massey Music Program attends multiple concerts, camps, tours, and festival throughout the year. Each band performs multiple times throughout the year at different venues within Calgary, and outside of Calgary

Band Camps are musical retreats that afford the Vincent Massey Music Program the opportunity to pursue some intense musical study in a non-distracting environment. Currently the Grade 8’s and 9’s go to Camp Caroline for 3 days. This camp includes guest conductors, instrumental clinicians, and other musical opportunities.

There are two big concerts that the Vincent Massey Music Program runs each year. The Winter Concert, usually at the beginning of December, and the Spring Concert, near the end of May. With the support of Vincent Massey and the VMMPA, we are able to hold our concerts in professional venues including the Southern Jubilee Auditorium, and the Rozsa Centre.

All bands attend festivals within Calgary. Not only do these serve as a performance opportunity, but they expose the students to other musicians and conductors. In recent years, we have performed at the Alberta International Band Festival (AIBF) as well as the Alberta Band Association Festival of Bands.

All grades also have the opportunity to go on a tour each year. Grade 7’s do a day trip to Red Deer to participate in the ABA Festival of Bands, while Grade 8 and 9 band students have the opportunity to travel further abroad. The Grade 8 and 9 tour is different every year, but typically is over 2 nights. In previous years we have gone to events in: Edmonton, Banff, and, Sun Peaks to name just a few.

Instruments and Uniforms

Instrument Rentals

The Vincent Massey Music Program possesses a plethora of musical instruments for the students to use. Students are not required to buy or rent an instrument from an outside source. If they are in band, an instrument will be provided for them for a nominal fee, set by CBE. Extra instruments can be rented dependant on availability.

Instrument Selection

In grade 7, students generally will be sorted into 2 sections: Woodwinds and Brass. Depending on their class, students will have a choice of several different instruments.

Woodwinds: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon

Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba

Once in the classes, each student will have an opportunity to try out different instruments and decide on their favourite. However, final instrument choice will be decided by the Band Teacher, based on student skill, preference, availability of instruments, and musical balance of the ensemble. For example, if 15 different students play the saxophone everyone will go deaf and the other instruments will either be drowned out or not represented, distorting the sound of the ensemble.

Uniforms

Grade 7, 8, 9 Concert Bands and Symphonic Ensemble Uniforms

All Band students are to wear black pants, black socks, and black footwear for performances. Students will be issued a school band shirt in time for their first performances.  A deposit of $75.00 will be required before shirts are issued to guarantee their return in June after performances have been completed for the year.

GRADE 7  - RED SHIRTS GRADE 8 and 9  - BLUE SHIRTS SYMPHONIC ENSEMBLE  -  GREY SHIRTS

SENIOR JAZZ BLACK AND RED SHIRTS

The students will sign a form when the uniforms are given out as to the condition of their uniform. It is expected that the uniform be returned in the same condition at the end of the school year. In late May the uniforms are returned to the school and checked as to their condition. The deposit cheque will destroyed when the uniform is returned clean, pressed, and in good condition. If the uniform is: not returned, is dirty, or damaged, the deposit cheque will be cashed.

Vincent Massey Music Parents Association (VMMPA)

The VMMPA is an integral part of the music program. Our mandate is to support the music program so as to provide an enhanced musical environment for the students. The Association provides the primary source of funds to assist the Music Director's enriched curriculum.

The VMMPA is made up of all the parents/guardians of students currently enrolled in the Vincent Massey music program. Parents are encouraged to become involved as volunteers, to join as a volunteer on the Board of Directors, and to support their students at their performances throughout the year.

The VMMPA meets on a monthly basis to discuss upcoming events on the second Monday evening of the month at 7:00pm in the Vincent Massey Band Room.

Volunteer support and fundraising are the main functions of the VMMPA and are vital to maintaining a program of this caliber. The VMMPA has chosen to enhance student enrichment by:

  • Performances – The VMMPA subsidizes two major concerts each year so that our students have the opportunity to perform in Calgary’s best music venues. Past venues have been the Jack Singer Concert Hall, the Rozsa Centre, University Concert Hall and the Jubilee Auditorium. 
  • Expert Music Instruction – Additional clinicians and guest instructors are hired to share their expertise and assist in student learning and development.
  • Uniforms - How the ensemble looks has a direct relationship with their musical performance experience. The VMMPA has invested in uniforms for all ensembles because we believe the students should look as good as they sound!
  • Band Camps / Tour Subsidies – With the philosophy that all band students should be able to participate in all band activities, the VMMPA strives to keep band camp and tour fees at a reasonable level. Fundraising enables us to subsidize the cost of band camps and tours. 
  • Adopt–A–Kid - In keeping with our 100% participation philosophy, we raise specific funds for this program. Through 50/50 Draws at our major concerts, we are able to raise much-needed funds to assist families who have financial need.
  • Administrative Assistant – The VMMPA is very fortunate to be able to employ the services of an administrative assistant. With the size and complexity of our band program, it would be impossible for the Music Director to handle the multitude of responsibilities.

Fundraising Commitments – The VMMPA holds several different fundraisers each year. Gift Cards, Coco Brooks and other fundraisers as they come available are examples of other fundraising opportunities offered throughout the school year. Also the band has a casino approximately every two years that we share proceeds with the school on  a 50/50 basis. We also accept donations. It is strongly encouraged that each student participates in fundraising.

All fundraising dollars raised go directly back to the students, including but not limited to, subsidy of band camp / tour fees, busing to events, providing clinicians for small group tutoring, instrument purchases and the administrative assistant.

Information for Beginners

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