HOMECOMING – November 1 and 2
SWEET MUSIC – CHRISTMAS CONCERT – December 14
SOUND SPECTACULAR – February 15
JUZT JAZZ – May 2
OLYMPIA BAND TRIP – April 27
KIWANIS CONCERT BAND FESTIVAL – May
MAY REVUE CONCERTS – May 30 and 31
HOMECOMING – November 7 & 8
Each fall a wonderful tradition is carried on at Handsworth where the grads from the music program are invited to return for a fun musical reunion. This year Grads as far back as 1976 will attend in order to honor Mr. Rebagliati’s twentieth year as Music Director at Handsworth Secondary. “Mr. Reb” has been the driving factor behind Handsworth’s award-winning music program which is known for its high level of excellence.
Homecoming 95 will also be the official launch of our Grand Piano Wish Campaign. Music Man Stores have generously donated a grand piano for use during our concerts. Greg Smerdjiian, a talented grade twelve student who is studying to be a performing classical pianist, will be our guest artist on this wonderful piano.
TORCH LIGHT CEREMONY – November 30
The Senior Jazz Band performed at the Torch Lighting Ceremony at the opening of the B.C. Winter Games held at the Centennial Theatre at 7:00 pm. They played David Foster’s Winter Olympics Theme Song as well as a fanfare for the athletes as they parade on stage.
BRISBANE STATE H. S. CONCERT BAND & ORCHESTRA – December 11, 12 and 13
SWEET MUSIC, CHRISTMAS CONCERT – December 20
The Christmas Concert, Sweet Music is our major fundraising event of the year, and what better cause for you or your company than to help sponsor this evening through a private or corporate donation. Each year we seek New Sponsors to replace those whose children have graduated, and we are appealing especially to those of you who are new to the Handsworth band and Orchestra family to join a tradition of support that has held the Music Program in good stead these last several years of funding cutbacks.
Sponsorship can take many forms, the most common being – but by no means limited to – a cash donation. We are also pleased to receive donations such as seats to major sporting events. This year Grizzly tickets would be viewed as a premium gift for our Silent Auction or Raffle.
Other prized items include complimentary hotel accommodation, or use of a cabin in Whistler, for example, to which we can add ski passes and dinner for two, or an evening at the theatre followed by brunch in an elegant restaurant.
Last year we had several food and beverage hampers donated that were in great demand at the Silent Auction and hope that we receive more of the same this year, but in any event all donations are gratefully received and realize a benefit for the Music Program.
SMALL ENSEMBLE EVENING – January 29
SURREY JAZZ FESTIVAL – February 9 and 10
JUNIOR NIGHT OF MUSIC – February 13
KIWANIS JAZZ FESTIVAL – February 23 and 24
SOUND SPECTACULAR – February 28
KIWANIS CONCERT BAND FESTIVAL – March 4 – 8
CONCERTI STRINGS FESTIVAL (OREGON) – March 9 – 12
GRADE 7 PARENTS EVENING – March 28
ORCHESTRA AND JUNIOR CONCERT BANDS
ZONE CONCERT Senior Concert Band – April 3
NEW ORLEANS SENIOR BAND TOUR – April 11 -16
KIWANIS ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL – April 20
ABBOTSFORD BAND FESTIVAL – April 27
ORCHESTRA TOUR – April 24 – 27
JUZT JAZZ CONCERT – April 30
JUNIOR JAZZ AT THE BLUE NOTE CAFE
JUNIOR MUSIC EVENING & AWARDS – May 27
SENIOR EVENING OF MUSIC – AWARDS NIGHT – May 29
VILLAGE DAYS – June 8
Junior Blue & Junior Gold Concert Bands
HOMECOMING – November
SWEET MUSIC – CHRISTMAS CONCERT – December 11
This years Christmas Concert included Funky Ol St. Nick played by the Junior Jazz Ensemble, Pachelbel’s Canon performed by the Intermediate Concert band, Handsworth’s very own jazz vocalist Mireille Lebel accompanied by Handsworth’s dynamic and versatile Senior Jazz Ensemble.
SURREY JAZZ FESTIVAL – February 7 and 8
Ryan Stewart won: MOST OUTSTANDING DRUMMER – BEST SENIOR RHYTHM SECTION WENT TO THE HANDSWORTH SENIOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE – Ryan Stewart, Sean Clark, Michael Morris, Laila Biali, Jacqueline Liu, Brandi Disterheft, Aya Sato, Christina Mavinic, Jesse Tucker, Adam Stehenson
PRELUDE TO SPRING – JUNIOR EVENING OF MUSIC – February 19
Featured the Junior Jazz Band, the Handsworth Strings, Junior Gold Concert Band and Junior Blue Concert Band.
BC MUSIC EDUCATOR’S CONFERENCE – February 22 – Sr, Jazz Quartet – Ryan Stewart, Jesse Tucker, Laila Biali and Mireille Lebel performed as a guest group at the B.C. Music Educator’s Conference at Burnaby South High School.
SOUND SPECTACULAR XIII – CENTENNIAL THEATRE – February 26
This professional venue enhances the performances of Handsworth’s more experienced groups who will be featured at this concert. The concert line-up included the North Shore Youth Symphony, which is made up of Grade 8-12 orchestra students from various North Shore secondary schools. The Handsworth Intermediate Concert Band and Senior Concert Band, the Senior Jazz Ensemble and the Senior Jazz Combo. Special guest artist was Dr. David Overgaard, a professional musician who has a Doctorate in Bassoon Performance and teaches music in North Vancouver.
KIWANIS JAZZ FESTIVAL – March 1
Handsworth Music students won 12 out of the 29 awards available at the festival.Ryan Stewart won a Berkelee College of Music Scholarship. Brandi Disterheft also won a Berklee College of Music Scholarship. Laila Biali won a Berklee College of Music Scholarship as well. Anna Stevenson won a cash award. Jesse Tucker won a Scholarship to the Institute of Communication Arts in Vancouver. Jackie Leveille won a cash Scholarship. Tim Ryce won a cash Scholarship.
COQUITLAM CONCERT BAND FESTIVAL – March The Handsworth Intermediate Concert band directed by Keith Woodward did very well at the Coquitlam Festival. They were awarded the highest SUPERIOR festival rating.
VANCOUVER CONCERT BAND FESTIVAL – April 3 through 5 Attended by Bob Rebagliati as an adjudicator.
KELOWNA BAND TRIP – B.C.INTERIOR JAZZ & CONCERT BAND FESTIVAL, April 11
The Intermediate Concert band, the Junior Jazz Ensemble and the Senior jazz Ensemble travelled to Kelowna to participate in the festival. The Intermediate Concert Band performed two separate concerts in Westbank. The two jazz bands performed at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Seventy-five students participated in all.
VANCOUVER ISLAND ORCHESTRA TOUR
Forty-seven Handsworth String students accompanied Mr. Peter Van Ooyen to Vancouver Island. They performed in Victoria at the Eaton Centre and at three schools. They also attended a workshop at the University of Victoria’s Music School.
APRIL 19 – KIWANIS ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL
JUZT JAZZ CONCERT – May 6
JUNIOR YEAR END AWARD CONCERT – May 27
SENIOR YEAR END MUSIC AWARD CONCERT – May 28
Above: Awarding of the 8 year pins.
Above: Parents award to Nancy Argue
RETREAT – SENIOR CONCERT BAND – September
HOMECOMING -October 29 and 30
Jr. Blue Concert Band, Junior Jazz Ensemble, Junior Gold Concert Band, Intermediate Concert Band, Senior Jazz Ensemble, Handsworth String orchestra, Senior Concert Band, Alumni members.
VSO EVENT – November
The VSO event was a sponsored multi-event between the School District and the VSO. A district Honour band was put together each year through audition. The NV District Elementary Band & Strings Program would alternate years with the NV Secondary Schools bands and strings programs. Keith Woodward chaired the District Elementary Honor Band from 1995 until 2004. When Keith moved full time to Handsworth, after Bob’s retirement, he co-chaired the District Secondary Honor Band.
XMAS CONCERT – December
JUNIOR EVENING OF MUSIC – February 18
KIWANIS FESTIVAL – March 2-6
CALIFORNIA TOUR (STRINGS)
In early April, forty-three string students traveled to Los Angeles. they participated in a workshop at Disneyland, performed in two schools in the Laguna Beach Area and toured Los Angeles. It was an exciting and positive trip.
JAZZ REPORT AWARDS
The Jazz Report, one of Canada’s foremost Jazz magazines offers national awards for excellence in the field of jazz. This year the awards honor 40 musicians who have made outstanding contributions to the art form over the past year. The winners have been selected by a committee of some 50 newspaper and magazine journalists, radio hosts, educators, record company personnel, and musicians from across the country who vote by open ballot. Some of this year’s recipients will be Diana Krall, Renee Rosnes ( a Handsworth alumni), Jane Bunnett, Rick Wilkins, DD Jackson, Kenny Wheeler, Don Thompson, Rob McConnell and Bob Rebagliati.
ATLANTIC CANADA TOUR – April 25 – May 3
The Senior Band heads off to Atlantic Canada on Saturday April 25. In St. John’s Newfoundland they meet their first billets, students at Gonzaga High School. While in the area they will perform several concerts, attending an evening of Celtic Music, visit Signal Hill, Cabot Tower, and Iceberg Alley where icebergs come close to the coast. Flying to Halifax on April 29, they drive north to Truro for a concert and meet their second billets, students of Cobequid High School. After a couple of days of exploring and concerts, the group returns to Halifax where they visit St. Vincent University and attend the Atlantic Band Festival. They will also likely have time to visit the Halifax Cemetery where the Titanic victims are buried as well as the Titanic Exhibit at the Halifax Museum before returning home on May 3rd.
JUZT JAZZ! – May 5
Handsworth’s Juzt Jazz Concert featured two internationally famous jazz artists. Well known in jazz recording circles for his improvisational and studio skills, legendary New York lead trumpet player Marvin Stamm has appeared on hundreds of albums. Along with him Arnie Chycoski, lead trumpet for The Boss Brass. They will be “hanging out” with us for the evening and will appear with the Senior Concert Ensemble.
NORTH SHORE YOUTH SYMPHONY – May 8
On May 8 at the Lucas Centre (8:00pm), the NorthShore Youth Symphony Strings played a performance of Mozart and Viotti Concerti. Joining them was the was the royal Strings of the Balmoral family of elementary schools. Andrea Rose from Handsworth performed a solo concerto.
MUSICFEST May 12-16
PHOTO: Bob Rebagliati and his Handsworth students (clockwise from front) Laila Biali, Charlotte Mould, Sean Clark and Brandi Disterheft celebrate jazz band’s victory at last weekend’s Musicfest Canada.
North Vancouver’s Handsworth Secondary has lived up to its reputation as Canada’s jazziest school. Handsworth captured four gold awards at the Musicfest Canada competition at the University of B.C. Its 21-member senior jazz ensemble topped the big-band class. Laila Biali, 17, won the honor award for her piano solo. “It’s a fabulous result,” said Bob Rebagliati, who’s in his 22nd year as music director at Handsworth. Laila, Charlotte Mould, 17 (trombone), and Brandi Disterheft, 17 (bass), earned full $6,000 scholarships to Humber College’s community music school. Charlotte and Brandi were also selected for the all-star band at the five-day event, which attracted 10,000 of Canada’s finest young musicians. Sean Clark (drum set) earned a scholarship to summer camp at Courtney. Rebagliati who is a sceond cousin to Olympic snowboarding gold medallist Ross Rebagliati, received a national award this month from the Toronto-based Jazz Report magazine for heading the best secondary school jazz program in Canada. Handsworth’s senior quartet took gold in the combo class. Disterheft(bass) won the honor award. Its junior ensemble topped the jazz-band category. Anna Stevenson (tenor sax) took the honor award. Its intermediate concert band, directed by Keith Woodward, led the concert-band category for 14 and 15-year-olds. Marc Saehling (trumpet) got the honor award.
JUNIOR NIGHT OF MUSIC – May 25
SENIOR NIGHT OF MUSIC – AWARDS – May 28
JAMMING AT THE END OF THE DAY!