Ensembles / Groups

Off-timetable classes and times for 2020-2021:

There are three off-timetable classes and they are scheduled at the following times:

Lord Byng Wind Ensemble (LBWE) Monday and Thursday mornings from 7:15 to 8:30am

Senior Jazz Band: Wednesday mornings from 7:15 to 8:30am and remote online

Junior Jazz Band: Wednesday after school from 3:20 to 5:20pm and remote online

Beginner Band   

The Beginner Band consists of students that are often in their first year of band studies.  There is no prerequisite for this class. Even if a student has had no previous music experience, they could still take this course. This group performs in many concerts at school and is an on-timetable course. Click here for the course outline: Beginner Band 2020-21

How to read music

I Knew You Were Treble When You Walked In (treble clef)

All About The Bass (Clef) (bass clef)

Essential Elements Interactive

Junior Band

The Junior Band is level higher than the Beginner Band and consists of mainly grade 8 and 9 students who have played for at least one year. They participate in the VSB Band Festival and in a number of concerts at school and in the community. Each year this band goes on a trip to Camp Squamish or a town close by (ex. Powell River 2001). Junior Band is an on-timetable course. Click here for the course outline: TBA
Here are the term Playing Test descriptions for Junior Band

Intermediate Band

The Intermediate Band concentrates on many of the same elements as the Junior Band but, at a slightly higher level. The students are primarily grades 10 to 12 and have two or more years of band experience. They participate in the VSB Band Festival and in a number of concerts at school and in the community. Each year this band goes on a trip to Camp Squamish or a town close by (ex. Powell River 2001). The Intermediate Band is an on-timetable course. Click here for the course outline:TBA

Here are the term Playing Test descriptions for Intermediate Band

Lord Byng Wind Ensemble

The Senior Wind Ensemble is the highest level concert band at Lord Byng. Entrance to this band is by audition only. This course is designed for a serious music student who will feel challenged by advanced musical repertoire. This group of talented individuals has received excellent adjudications whenever and wherever they have performed and are regularly asked to play throughout the lower mainland. Since 2003, they have received Superior ratings in each festival entered at the 400 and 500 levels.

The Wind Ensemble goes on a major trip every second year. So far, we have traveled to: Montreal and Ottawa 2019, Ireland 2017, New York City to play in Carnegie Hall (2015), France and Belgium (2013), China (2011), Great Britain (2009), Italy (2007), New York City (2005), Austria and Germany (2003), Hawaii (2001), Southern California (1999), in major trip years; and the Okanagan, Vancouver Island, Cariboo, Whistler, Calgary, and the West Kootenays in small trip years.

This year we will a small trip year and we’ll travel to Vancouver Island.

Click here for the course outline: LBWE20-21

This ensemble meets off-timetable and is a full credit course.

Here are the term Playing Test descriptions for the Wind Ensemble

Section Leaders of the Wind Ensemble: Section Leader Responsibilities

Sectional sheets: sectional sheet 

Junior Jazz Band

This is a group of beginner and junior  jazz students who have had at least one year of study on their instrument. They concentrate on the same genres of music as the Senior group which includes Jazz/Swing, Funk, Blues and Pop music. They rehearse off-timetable and this is a full credit course. JrJazz20-21

Senior Jazz Band

Lord Byng’s Senior Stage Band focuses on Jazz/Swing and Pop music.  This auditioned group participates in the VSB Jazz Festival and performs in several concerts at school and in the community.  The Senior Stage Band also hosts Lord Byng’s annual big band dance, Swyng with Byng. SrJazz20-21

Students must be concurrently in another band class, but may play a different instrument from that played in a concert band. This ensemble meets off-timetable and is a full credit course.

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