Students in Grade 5-6 build foundational music skills through rhythm and melody development, with a focus on note-reading.  This prepares them for the entry to the junior band in Grade 7.  The junior band has come to enjoy the sense of community that group playing offers.  By Grade 8-9, the senior band is prepared to participate in a number of local festivals and competitions.  Both junior and senior bands experience an over-night band camp with qualified clinicians that provide intensive skill development in the students' selected instrument.

Students in the band commit to participating in before-school rehearsal several times a week, in addition to two band classes during the school day per week.

Returning Musical Instruments

Across the system, we are beginning to create plans for the safe return of musical instruments.  Due to the stringent requirements for cleaning practices, Ms. Maystrowich has created videos and posted them, below, with instructions for cleaning band instruments.  To protect everyone, they must be properly cleaned prior to coming into the school.  As outlined by Alberta Health Services, wearing a mask would be one of several ways in which you can protect yourself and Woodman staff. Ms. Maystrowich will be at the main entrance of the school to receive your instrument. A form must be completed upon the return, which is also included on D2L for you to complete beforehand. Should you wish to rent your band instrument over the summer months, you may also come into the school on June 3 or 4 (9:00-1:00) to complete the necessary paperwork.  Please email Ms. Maystrowich for more information (

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