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!