Music at Kits

Music Departments Updates from Pauline Lo: 2019 / 2020

Save the Date for the next ensemble concert!

December 12 2019 7pm

“The music department recently finished two exciting performances at the District Music Festivals.

At the Intermediate Band Festival, the Adjudicators were impressed with our sound, variety of instruments and deportment.  Thank you to PAC for helping us purchase some of the rarer instruments to help us create a good sound!  It was also good for the Concert band to hear other bands in the district.  We are inspired for the next term.

At the VSB District Jazz festivals, students played 2 songs on stage and were given a 30 minute workshop with the adjudicators.  This committed group of student rehearses at 7:20 on Thursday mornings and their dedication is paying off.

Our next concert is on December 12 at 7pm  and will feature a wide variety of small ensembles.    We could use some help with food and decoration, so if you are looking for a place to volunteer, please contact Pauline Lo at plo@vsb.bc.ca

The Kits Concert Band has just finished our very successful first concert of the year “Squeak and Squawk”.

For information on upcoming concerts by Kits Secondary students, please see our website:

https://kssmusic.wixsite.com/kssmusichome

 2019/2020 performance schedule

November 7, All day

Kits Theatre
Concert Band and Choir
Remembrance Day Ceremonies

November 12, 6PM (5:45pm Call)

Hamber Secondary
Concert Band
District Intermediate Band Night

November 21, 7PM (6pm Call)

Point Grey Secondary School
Jazz Band
District Jazz Night

December 12, 7PM (6pm Call)

Kits Theatre
All musicians
Dessert Night

February 12th Wednesday 1:40-3:00pm

Kitsilano Band Room 175
Concert Band
Trafalgar Bands visiting Kits Secondary

March 5, 7PM (6pm Call)

Kits Theatre
Concert Band, Choir, Jazz Band
Term 2 Concert

June 10, 7pm (5pm Call)

Kits Theatre
Concert Band, Choir, Jazz Band
Year End concert and awards night.

Pauline Lo announces
Exciting times for the Kitsilano Band Program!

The music department had an eventful day last week as a few prospective instruments were brought in from Tapestry music for students to “test drive”.

Two more are coming next week. The department wishes to keep them all but may need to narrow our selection to three.

We are hoping we can adopt at least one or two to add to our much needed low brass inventory.
Which instrument is your favourite? Please see the photo!

To support student activities and clubs, please see our fundraising site linked here
http://www.kitsilanopac.ca/chair-ty-fundraising/

We are so pleased to announce, our Concert Band Student, Lissy Chan
Schneck was playing side-by-side with the Vancouver Symphony
Orchestra for their 100 Day anniversary celebrations!
Please see https://kssmusic.wixsite.com/kssmusichome for videos of
past student performances and upcoming events.

Hello, my name is Pauline Lo, the current music teacher at Kitsilano Secondary. The Kits Music program is undergoing a rebuilding phase and we are looking forward to moving into the new building. As your children go through their course planning, consider encouraging them to take up music as one (or both!) of their electives. Studies have shown that the benefits of learning to sing or play a musical instrument translate well into both academic and social settings. In addition, making music in an ensemble has been proven to be an excellent stress reliever, a break from the pace of our world.

Kitsilano Secondary School is proud to offer the following music courses next year:

  • Beginner Band 8/9/10/11 – no experience necessary!
  • Concert Band 8/9/10/11/12 – for all instrumentalists with more than one year of ensemble experience. We are currently looking into doing a short trip with the band next year.
  • Choir 9/10/11/12 – all levels welcome, creative arrangements will be tailored to the level of the singers. Pianists will also have the opportunity to play with the choir.
  • There a possibility of adding Jazz band as a before school class. Students interested in this option should contact Ms.Lo an expression of interest ASAP. All Jazz Band students will need to enroll concurrently in Concert Band.

Additional information can be found on pg.36 of the course planning guide. The hope is that by building a strong foundation the next couple of years we will generate sufficient interest to add on more music offerings in the senior grades in years to come.

A note to current beginning band parents: the second year of playing is crucial to instrumental success later on. Please encourage your student to continue on their instrument, or even switch instruments. This second year builds the technique required to play the exciting and impactful pieces of the Senior years.

We also have an interested parent group who has expressed interest in:

    • Fundraising
    • School concerts
    • Student trips (e.g. Whistler, Seattle) not just to travel but to play!
    • Helping recruit in the elementary schools

Please contact Heather Stubbs if you are keen to assist: heather_stubbs@telus.net

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Pauline Lo, the Kitsilano Secondary Music Teacher at plo@vsb.bc.ca