Future Parent Council meetings are at 7 pm held virtually with a meeting link to be distributed by e-mail:
· Thurs, Oct 13, 2022 - AGM
· Thurs, Nov 3, 2022
· Thurs, Dec 8, 2022
· Thurs, January 19, 2023
· Thurs, February 23, 2023
· Thurs, Mar 16, 2023
· Thurs, April 20, 2023
· Thurs, May 18, 2023
We hope to see you there! Should dates change, we will notify the membership in advance.
Chair: Tracy Bell
Vice Chair: Vacant
Treasurer: Ken DeLong
Secretary: Janet Fraser
- Nov 10, 2022 Remembrance Day performance
- Nov 16, 2022 Concert at the MRU Bella Centre with Central Memorial
- Nov/Dec, 2022 MRU band clinics
- Dec 15, 2022 Christmas Concert at Vincent Massey School
- Feb 2, 2023 Open House performances
- Feb/Mar, 2023 MRU band clinics
- Mar 6-8, 2023 Band Camp for Grade 8 & 9’s.
- May 18, 2023 Spring Concert at Vincent Massey School
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 Thursday of each month. Parents are invited to attend but it is not mandatory.
Ensembles and Performances
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. The ensemble is formed from interested students currently enrolled in the Grade 8 & 9 Band Classes in early September each year.
Concerts, Camps, Festivals, and Tours
The Vincent Massey Music Program attends multiple concerts, camps, tours, and festivals 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.
Instruments and Uniforms
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.
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.
All Band students are to wear black shirt, black pants/skirt, black socks, and black footwear for performances.
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 usually on the 3rd Thursday evening of the month at 7:00pm.
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:
- Expert Music Instruction – Additional clinicians and guest instructors are hired to share their expertise and assist in student learning and development.
- 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.
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. 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, and instrument purchases.
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