Spring Concert 2020

Our Spring Concert is NEXT WEEK! The concert begins at 7 pm in the PMSS Multipurpose Room. Please read below for call times for the students. Admission will be by donation, and we will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the food bank.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 11 – PMSS Spring Concert

Who: Secondary Concert Band, Secondary Concert Choir, Advanced Elementary Band, Beginner Elementary Band, student-led groups and solos/duets. (if you would like to add a song to the program, please email Mr Renaud ASAP)

SCHEDULE (please note: band classes run as usual this day):

Concert Set-Up: 2:45-3:45 pm – secondary students please meet in the band room. If everyone helps out, this should only take half an hour! We need to cart all percussion equipment, both chair racks full of 18 chairs, 2 stand racks, the choir risers, sound system, and the piano to the MPR.

Call time: ALL performers should meet in the band and choir rooms at 6:30 pm to warm-up.

Concert start time: 7 pm.

Per our handbook, all students are expected to stay for the duration of the concert. Each group deserves a big and enthusiastic audience to perform for and part of being a musician is supporting the musicians around you by being in their audience.

UNIFORMS

Students are expected to arrive at call time in UNIFORM.

SECONDARY STUDENTS: Concert Blacks: black dress shirt, black dress pants/leggings, black dress shoes, black dress socks, or something dressy that accomplishes the goal of those suggestions.

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS: PMSS Elementary Band T-Shirt, black DRESS pants, black DRESS socks, black DRESS shoes.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or talk to Mr Renaud. The goal here is the show that as an ensemble we are unified, just as a sports team all wear the same uniform for a game. No t-shirts, jeans or running shoes, please!

**If your family is having financial difficulty and simply can’t afford a new pair of shoes or pants, please let us help.  Don’t wait until the night of the concert and please don’t just send your student in the wrong clothes.  The PMSS Music Dept has funds available to help out families in need.**

Students not in proper uniform may be prohibited from performing.

CONCESSION

There will be NO potluck at this concert. Instead, our Music Parents Council has decided to offer a concession of pre-packaged snacks (chips, cookies, rice crispie squares, etc), as well as bottles of water and cups of coffee. All concession items will be $1.00 each.

50/50 DRAW

This concert will feature a 50/50 Draw with tickets for cash purchase. Please bring those loonies and toonies so you can get in on the fun! Tickets will only be sold to people 19+ years of age.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Renaud. The students have been working extremely hard this term and we cannot wait to show you all we’ve been preparing! Please invite your family and friends to come and enjoy this fun night of music staged by our awesome student-musicians.

SECONDARY Band/Choir Tour of Elem Schools – Monday March 2

WHO: Secondary Band and Choir

DATE:                Monday March 2, 2020

DEPARTURE:          Wemeet at PMSS at 7:30 am in UNIFORM (concert blacks: dress shirt, dress pants, dress socks, dress shoes) for final rehearsal. We depart by school bus at 8:15 am.

RETURN:                 We will return to PMSS at 1:30 pm in time for Block D classes.

SCHEDULE:           

  • 7:30 am                        Meet at PMSS, final rehearsal
  • 8:15 am                        Load buses, depart
  • 8:35 am                       Arrive Highland Park Elementary
  • 8:50 to 9:25 am            Perform HPE
  • 9:50 to 10:25 am          Perform Pitt Meadows Elementary
  • 10:50 to 11:25 am        Perform Edith McDermott Elementary
  • 11:30 am to 12:15pm   LUNCH at local strip mall
  • 12:25 pm                     Arrive DJE, warm-up
  • 12:45 to 1:20 pm         Perform Davie Jones Elementary
  • 1:30 pm                       Return to PMSS, students back in time for Block D classes.

WHAT TO BRING:    Your instrument, a pencil, your folder, your music and a snack and lunch/lunch money.

(Put your name on everything please!)

Please let me know if your child has any medical issues that we should be aware of.

CONDUCT EXPECTATIONS

Students are reminded that they are representing PMSS and the community of Pitt Meadows on this field trip. Students are expected to be on their very best behaviour at all times on the bus and at each school. Students will be setting an example as role models from the high school; as such students are expected to act professionally and politely at all times. Students are also expected to complete their assigned set-up clean up tasks without being asked. Please also be sure to thank your bus driver and chaperones!

CHAPERONES

We are in need of 1-2 parent chaperones to assist with this field trip – one chaperone will need to pick up and drive our rental truck. If you are able to help out please let me know. You will be a huge asset to the music department and you’ll get to spend the day seeing some great music played by our student musicians!

SET-UP and CLEAN-UP TASK ASSIGNMENTS:

To be announced in next hand-out prior to leaving.

Our tour of the elementary schools will be a success if everyone remembers the following things:

  1. Please be on time in the morning. We are starting rehearsal at 7:30 in the Band and Choir Rooms, so you should really plan to be at PMSS by 7:15 am. 
  2. Wear your uniform – Concert Blacks. Dress to inspire – dress shirts, dress pants, dress shoes, dress socks.
  3. Ensure you bring anything you will need to perform on the tour (do you play an instrument in band OR choir?)
  4. Bring a snack and water and lunch or money to buy lunch during our lunch break. You may bring your school backpacks along as well.
  5. Ensure that you are helping set up and tear down without being reminded.
  6. Follow all instructions from Mr. Renaud and your chaperones.
  7. Perform your best at every concert! Remember that you are representing the PMSS Music Program!

QUESTIONS? If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Mr. Renaud.

Winter Concert Details!

The concert will feature the following: 

  • Performance by all elementary and secondary bands and our secondary choir as well as student-led groups!
  • A SILENT AUCTION where you can bid on many items donated by our music department families and a plethora of local businesses – all proceeds go toward improving the music department 
  • Samples of coffee from Global Coffee – this is preview of our next fundraiser. You may place an order for some coffee ($15/bag) and $5 will go toward your music student’s fundraising account which they can use towards music trips, books, fees, etc. 
  • A food table full of finger foods – potluck like last time so please send something (sweets, chips, veggies, etc.)
  • Purdy’s Chocolates pick-up – if you participated in this fundraiser and ordered chocolate. we will have a table set-up for you to get your order. 

*if a student or a small group of students has a song prepared and would like to perform it at the concert, please let Mr. Renaud via email by SUNDAY at 3:00 pm.

Odds and ends: 

  • We are decorating the Multipurpose Room around 3:00 pm. If you have any Christmas decorations lying around that you don’t want anymore, please send them our way! 
  • If you have not sent in your family’s donation for our Silent Auction,please do so by tomorrow. More information on this in this previous email: https://mailchi.mp/7ff23c65b2f0/winter-concert-silent-auction?e=13aa9a50e0
  • Please ensure your student has a proper UNIFORM. Students will not be allowed on stage if they are not in proper attire. More information in this previous email: https://mailchi.mp/7ff23c65b2f0/winter-concert-silent-auction?e=13aa9a50e0
  • As our Food Table will be free again, we ask that you please send in something to the concert (chips, baked good, veggies, etc.). This was a hit at our last concert! 
  • Admission is BY DONATION to the music department, but we will also be accepting donations for the local food bank. 
  • Students are expected to stay for the duration of the concert.Concerts are the equivalent of term exams for music students; part of learning music involves performing as well as listening to other groups perform. Also, every group deserves a large and supportive audience! 


SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 11th

7:30 am 
– Secondary Concert Band Dress Rehearsal in the morning (all marks associated with this particular rehearsal will be DOUBLED as it is a dress rehearsal. Please be there if you are in SCB)

2:45 pm – Concert Set-Up. All SECONDARY band and choir students are expected to help with set-up. If we all pitch in, it should only take us an hour! 

6:00 pm – Massed Band Rehearsal. ALL Band students, grades 6-12 must be ON stage (in UNIFORM) in the Multipurpose Room at this time. Students should arrive early enough to have their instruments set up and be on stage to START rehearsal at 6:00.

6:15 pm – All parent volunteers please meet in the Main Foyer. 

6:30 pm – CALL TIME for all CHOIR students to the Choir Room, in UNIFORM. Doors Open to the Audience, Silent Auction begins!

7:00 pm – Winter Concert 2019! 

9:00 pm (or earlier)
 – Concert Take-Down. All students are expected to assist with concert clean-up. Concert-goers may continue to bid at the silent auction –the auction will close 30 minutes after the end of the concert. Winners may pay for and pick up their item at this time, or they may pick it up at a later date. 

Concert Band Rep – Winter 2019

Here are recordings of our repertoire for the Winter Concert! Use these to practice along to ensure you’re getting up to the right tempo:

Unleashed: https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10908124

Christmas Fanfare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ljp7EFFAeA

All is Calm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnK_c-6PAg4

MASSED PIECE: Christmas Mash-Up: https://www.stantons.com/sheet-music/title/christmas-mash-up/PPS18/

Fall Concert 2019!

Our Fall Concert is THIS WEEK!  The concert begins at 7 pm in the PMSS Gymplease note the venue change!  Please read below for call times for the students. Admission will be by donation, and we will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the food bank. Beginner Band students are not required to be in attendance, but are welcome to come if they would like to!  

TUESDAY OCTOBER 22 – PMSS Fall Concert!

Who: Secondary Concert Band, Secondary Concert Choir, Advanced Elementary Band, student-led groups and solos/duets. (if you would like to add a song to the program, please email Mr Renaud ASAP!)

SCHEDULE:

Choir Dress Rehearsal: 7:15 am in the Choir Room

Concert Set-Up: 2:45-3:45 pm – secondary students please meet in the band room. If everyone helps out, this should only take half an hour! We need to cart all percussion equipment, 1 chair rack full of 18 chairs, 1 stand rack, the choir risers and the piano to the GYM.

Call time: ALL performers should meet in the band and choir rooms at 6:30 pm to warm-up.

Concert start time: 7 pm.

Per our handbook, all students are expected to stay for the duration of the concert. Each group deserves a big and enthusiastic audience to perform for and part of being a musician is supporting the musicians around you by being in their audience.

Uniforms

Students are expected to arrive at call time in Concert Blacks: black dress shirt, black dress pants/leggings, black dress shoes, black dress socks, or something dressy that accomplishes the goal of those suggestions. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or talk to Mr Renaud. The goal here is the show that as an ensemble we are unified, just as a sports team all wear the same uniform for a game. No t-shirts, jeans or running shoes, please!

(AEB student may wear a black t-shirt as your elementary band shirts aren’t going to be here until the Winter Concert)

**If your family is having financial difficulty and simply can’t afford a new pair of shoes or pants, please let us help.  Don’t wait until the night of the concert and please don’t just send your student in the wrong clothes.  The PMSS Music Dept has funds available to help out families in need.**

Food

As mentioned in our first parent meeting, it would be great if parents could bring some food with you to share at the concert! Anything would be appreciated. The goal of this concert is to bring us all together as a community and what better way than with some snacks/desserts and some fun music played by our student-musicians! PMSS is supplying coffee and cookies.

We have some parents helping to organize the food table, but if you would be willing to help out with this, please arrive at PMSS by 6:30 – we could use help with accepting admissions at the door and with the food table.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Renaud: nicholas_renaud@sd42.ca or 604-465-7141