Band 8

Yorkson Creek MS – Senior Concert Band

September 2018


To: All Parents of Sr.Band students


First off, I want to thank you for providing your child with an instrument and the support to enable your child to be successful in band this year. Classes will begin September 12.


Rehearsal Schedule will be the same as last year –

Sr. Band is every Wed & Fri 11:05 – noon (lunch)

Students will be permitted to eat lunch after rehearsal


Band is not “extra-curricular”. It is a class. As such, every class ismandatory, just like any other subject. Students will be assessed and graded on their work and growth.


Every student is expected:

  • To be at every rehearsal and performancewith their instrument and
  • To practice at home on a regular basis, and to hand in their monthly Practice Charts on time, and signed by a parent.
  • To look after the sheet music handed out, and return it at the end of the year.



  • Class musicianship     25%     (growth/improvement; what I hear in class)
  • Practice Charts*         20%     (monthly practice charts)
  • Performance Tests     25%     (played in class; 1 or 2 per month)
  • Rehearsal Etiquette    10%     (how a student conducts themselves during rehearsals)
  • Theory                        15%     (worksheets or quiz)
  • Attitude                        5%


*Practice ChartsHome Practice is the key to a successful band. Students mustpractice on a regular basis at hometo improve. Students who only play at school rehearsals do not improve. Students must use the Practice Chart given out in class, and hand in a signed chart (by parent) at the beginning of each month (20% of mark).


Concerts– The Christmas Concert will be Thurs., December 10 at 9am, 1pm, and 7pm (to be confirmed). Attendance is mandatory. Year concert date TBA.


Trip– The trip to Anaheim is on! (May 1-5) Deposits will be due Sept. 21. Details to follow…


District Honour Band – I’m working on bringing this back (with other local schools). Details to come…


Jazz BandsJazz Labwill rehearse Wednesdays 3-4pm; by audition and/or permission by the director.


Mr. Mills           []




2018-2019 Band Schedule

Beginning Band – Mondays & Thursdays at lunch (11:05am – 12:00pm)

Intermediate Band – Tuesdays & Thursdays before school (7:30am – 8:25am)

Senior Band – Wednesdays & Fridays at lunch (11:05am – 12:00pm)

Jazz Ensemble – Wednesdays (3:00pm-4:00pm)

Handbell Choir – Mondays at lunch (11:25am-12:00pm) and Wednesdays before school (7:30am-8:25am)

Concert Choir – Tuesdays (11:20am -12:00pm) and Fridays (7:30am – 8:25am)

Letter to Parents from YCMS Music Program:

Dear Parents,

I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with some information about the music program at Yorkson Creek Middle School. Music is a performing art, and the Yorkson music program will afford your son or daughter many opportunities to participate in concerts and exciting events throughout the year.

As you are aware, the Explorations Program at our school provides each student with a two month rotation through Woodworking, Home Economics, Music, Drama, and Art. In the music component of Explorations, students will receive instruction on the classical guitar. In addition, they will use music software (GarageBand) to create their own music compositions.

Beyond the Explorations program the Yorkson Creek music program will offer the following performance ensembles:

Beginning Band available to any student wishing to play a band Instrument. Students in Beginning Band will receive instruction in the fundamental concepts of  woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Beginning band students will perform in the Christmas and spring concert and have the  opportunity to join the Grade 8 band in their second year.

Grade 8 Band available to students in their second year of playing. With a year of band instruction behind them, students in Grade 8 Band will begin performing more complex and rewarding band  literature. They will go to their first music festival and some members of the band will form the

Grade 8 Jazz lab – a  beginning jazz band.

Concert Choir available to any student who enjoys singing and wants to be part of a performing ensemble. The choir is a wonderful experience for young singers, giving them the opportunity to improve their vocal production, as well as their ability to sing music in two and three parts.

Handbell Choir We are very fortunate to have a 4 octave set of handbells as the basis for our choir. A bell choir performs music in many different styles, and each ringer is assigned 2 or 3 bells to play. Musicians must then follow the music and ring when their bell called for. The bells sound beautiful and and they are a wonderful addition to any performace. Here is a link to handbell choir ringing  Angels WE Have Heard On High

Mr. Mills, the Grade 8 band director, and I wish your child a successful year at Yorkson Creek, and we hope to see you at our concert performances.

Sincerely yours,

Mr. R. Branswell
Mr. D. Mills

Yorkson Creek Middle School

20686 - 84 Avenue, Langley
BC, V2Y 2B5
Phone: 604-888-8065
Fax: 604-888-8069