Ensembles / Groups

Off-timetable classes and times for 2019-2020:

Welcome to another school year. It is great to see you all again and to be meeting some of you for the first time. Welcome to the music department and the many adventures we will have this year. As you know, not all band classes take place on the regular school schedule of 8:35 am to 3:03 pm. If you are registered in Jazz Band  and/or Wind Ensemble, these classes will be taught before and after the regular school day.

The schedule for these classes is fixed (different than last year) so that it does not matter if it is a day 1 or a day 2.

Here is this year’s schedule:

Jazz Band meets every Monday lunch and Wednesday after school from 3:15 to 5:30pm. The first class is Monday, September 9th  at lunch.

Lord Byng Wind Ensemble meets regularly every Monday and Wednesday morning from 7:10 a.m. to 8:35 a.m. To start the year, the first class is Monday, September 9th  at 7:10 a.m.

Remember that it does not make any difference if it is a day 1 or day 2.

I am really looking forward to another wonderful year here in the music department. Let’s make it the best one yet!

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 19-20

How to read music

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

All About The Bass (Clef) (bass clef)

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: Junior Band 2019-20
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: Intermediate Band 2019-20

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: LBWE 2019-20

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 

More information regarding Jazz Band classes will be announced soon:

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.

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.

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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