Music is a basic form of human expression. The band program at Arthur Day is comprised of classroom instruction, music appreciation and performance opportunities. It offers a rich, exciting musical experience that fosters musicianship, self-expression, creative thinking, self-confidence and self-discipline.
Students may choose to enter the band program in Grade 6, with entry at the Grade 7 and 8 level restricted to new/transferring students from out-of-catchment. Students are required to rent their own instruments and practice regularly. As part of a sequential curriculum, students develop their musical fundamentals through classroom instruction and required home practice. These fundamentals include aural perception, instrument technique and music literacy. Jazz band is also offered once students have the technical ability to perform on their band instrument.
Band students meet in a conducive, small-group learning environment, and must therefore meet outside the school timetable for large group or full rehearsals. Co-curricular rehearsal and concert participation are considered part of a band student’s grade for report cards.
The program offers and encourages a wealth of performance opportunities, including concert, festival, community and solo/ensemble performances. Students in Grade 7 and 8 are strongly encouraged to audition for the Manitoba Junior Honour Band.
Highlights of our program include:
- Year-end concert performance at one of Winnipeg’s impressive performance halls
- Travel and attendance at prestigious music festivals
- A strong and supportive band parent association
- Fundraising activities to support program improvement