It has been a very busy couple of months for the Secondary Music Department! The grade 9-12 band students have been rehearsing, composing, performing, touring and competing. Building on last year’s success at the Disney Recording studios, the bands have focused this year on the music of the movies.


In April, the grade 10-12 band took their skills to Edmonton. They performed at three schools, the West Edmonton Mall, and at King’s University, where they did a concert-band clinic and jazz-band clinic with professionals in their field. The weather was perfect, avoiding the rain as they traveled through our beautiful province into the next. On the way, they enjoyed some time in Banff, and on the way back they stayed at some cabins near Golden, BC. This tour was a great combination of seeing nature, improving skills, and using their gifts through performances. The trip went very smoothly, especially with the help of parents Patti Atsma, Carrie Boschman and Cyndi Broersma, and our very patient driver, Lloyd Robinson.


In May, each of the secondary school bands went to the Kiwanis Fraser Valley Music Festival in Langley on different days to compete in their own age and style division. The jazz band, grade 9 band, and senior band went on different days. They each performed three pieces for adjudicators. All the students did an amazing job! The grade 9 band and jazz band received silver, and senior band (grades 10-12) received gold. The adjudicators loved working with our bands, and our students learned a lot. ACS has an excellent reputation with this Festival because of the focus, attitude, and work-ethic demonstrated by our young musicians. We can all be very proud of their accomplishments.


On May 15, the Taste of Music concert was very successful. In front of a great audience, the grade 9-12 students gave a “taste” of what they’ve been learning and rehearsing, while the audience was served desserts, fruit, coffee, etc.  Aaron Boschman and Karina Schut did a great job emceeing the evening as the bands performed some of the most popular movie music of our day. We ended the evening with our Jazz Club Band, which inspired a few brave people to get up and dance – a treat to watch!


Last year, our community raised money for our own digital recording studio as part of the Dream 3 Drive. We are very excited about this. The rooms are very close to completion, and soon the equipment will be hooked up, ready for recording! This project will enable students to learn about the current world of music making and distribution, while highlighting and showcasing the very talented musicians in the music program. The students will now be able to learn the very technical side of mixing, balancing, and enhancing performances for the purpose of recording and producing – a skill which is very valuable for music in our society today. This would also give students the experience needed to get into the very popular and competitive sound engineering programs after high school.

Mr. Workman is extremely proud of his music students, and it is great to see how his students have demonstrated their love for music. He is especially thankful for a supportive staff and administration. We are a very busy school, offering many programs and opportunities. Our school community works extremely well together in giving students the ability to shine in their chosen areas, and we have some very shiny music students!