Nov. 20, 2018
Western Canada High School was buzzing with current and future students for the high school’s annual Feeder School Concert on Tuesday, Nov. 6. This event included four schools: Bishop Pinkham, Rideau Park, Elboya, and the Calgary Girls’ School who all participated in a mass band concert with the high school’s very own Grade 10 Band, celebrating a music-enriched evening.
Students worked hard and developed through various musical experiences for the two months leading up to the concert in order to grow into the talented musicians seen on stage on Nov. 6. The concert highlighted each junior high band’s unique and exceptional musicianship as students showed off their progressive hard work. The night also featured a performance from the Western Canada High School Grade 10 Concert Band, demonstrating to the parent audience the remarkable progress achieved by new Grade 10 students as they transitioned into the high school stage of their education.
Another phenomenal addition to the concert was a performance from the Western High School’s Senior Jazz Band, which allowed the audience to see the multiple music opportunities available at the school when students reach high school. These performances all lead up to the grand finale of the night: the mass band performance. All six bands perform a popular pop tune together as a fun and exciting way to end the concert. This event brought together over 400 talented students as one community through their involvement in their respective band programs.
This concert demonstrated the value in a music education during the K-12 formative years. A huge congratulation goes to the following bands and their directors on a fantastic performance:
- Rideau Park School Senior Band, David Siemens, director
- Elboya School Senior Band, William Irwin, director
- Bishop Pinkham School Senior Band, Gareth Bane, director
- Calgary Girls School Senior Band, Sarah Drew, director
Thank you to the Western Band Program for hosting the event and their directors: Brendan Hagan and Richard Harding.