The start of a new season!

A welcome back to all returning members of the New Westminster and District Band Society!

We hope that you all had a fantastic summer (everyone did practice….right?), and we’re looking forward to seeing you all in the next couple of weeks.

Intermediate Band will start next Thursday, September 4th and the Senior Band will begin on Monday, September 8th.

Beginner Band will be on a leave of absence for the 2014-2015 Season, but please click on JOIN A BAND to get us your information if you are looking to take up an instrument.  We’ll be sure to keep you in the loop once the Beginner section re-starts.


Please note that during the job action by the BCTF, rehearsals will NOT take place at Richard McBride Elementary.  They will instead take place at St Thomas More School in Burnaby.  The rehearsal times will stay the same.

If you have any questions about the start of the new season, please email us via the CONTACT US form.




Spring Concert Tonight!

Tonight the society is hosting its annual Spring Concert at Douglas College.

Please come out for a great opportunity to listen to the beginner, intermediate, senior and jazz ensembles!

Start time is 7:00 in the theatre.  There is plenty of parking in the underground as well as on Royal Ave.

Tickets at $10 for Adults and $7 for Students and Seniors.

Music Monday!

Our very own Danny Olsen was just one of many of our band members that took part in Music Monday today!

See the article about Danny’s involvement here!

Danny Music Monday




Come PLAY with us!

Come and experience the music for yourself at one of our Open Rehearsal Information Sessions this Spring 2014:

You are invited to meet our instructors, observe the rehearsal, play with the band (optional), and ask questions during the information session.

For Senior Concert Band OR Beginning Band:
Directed by Mr. John White and Ms. Rebecca Norman
Monday April 28th and Monday May 12th
6:30 pm at Richard McBride Elementary School, Gym

For Intermediate & Junior Band:
Directed by Mr. Kevin White 
Thursday April 17th and Thursday April 24th
6:30 pm at Burnaby Mountain Secondary School, Band Room

For Jazz Band
Directed by Mr. Adam Jones
Tuesday April 29th and Tuesday May 13th
7:00pm at New West Secondary School, Band Room

Not sure which band is right for you?

You are invited to attend more than one session, OR ask for placement help during the Q&A—we are committed to helping you find the right fit!

Upcoming Spring Concert

Make sure to mark your calendars for Monday March 10th at the Evergreen Cultural Centre!

This year’s concert is entitled “Music of the Americas” and features music that some of you will have played when you were in the Band.  Selections include: Howard Cable’s “Newfoundland Rhapsody”, a beautiful arrangement of “Shenandoah”, “Canadian Folk Song Suite”, Aaron Copland’s remarkable “Fanfare for the Common Man”, “El Capitan” march by John Phillip Sousa, among others great pieces written or arranged for winds and percussion.

The program also showcases a clarinet quartet and an amazing piece featuring Gene Dowling, internationally known tuba soloist and Yamaha clinician.  I am certain you will enjoy this program of “Music of the Americas“.

Check with Band members for tickets or buy them at the door (advance buying is recommended as this theatre will sell out).


2013-2014 Season

During the 2013-2014 season the New Westminster and District Band Society is celebrating 80 illustrious years of history and ongoing contribution to the community.  Although the bands were initially developed to involved youth, each of the five ensembles which comprise the Society’s range of bands now welcome members of all ages – from Beginner to the Senior and Jazz Bands. 

The Band’s history includes numerous provincial and national championships as well as participation in major international events.  A high standard is still expected  … and achieved.  The Band’s history also includes cross-Canada tours and trips to Canada’s North, Australia, Japan, and Europe.  .

You are always welcome.  Please consider joining one of the ensembles or, at the very least, attending one of the Society’s scheduled concerts.

The 2013-2014 Season is Upon Us!

Welcome back everyone! To the Newest members and the veterans, this is going to be an exciting year of making music.  We have some great concerts planned for this year which will include our POPs concert at the MJF theater November 18th featuring the Senior and Jazz bands. As well as the Senior Band Showcase at the Evergreen theater in March.  Of course we will have our favorite Society concerts at Christmas on Dec 2, in the Spring on May 5th at Douglas College, and finally on Father’s Day June 15th.

I can’t wait to see what John, Kevin, Rebecca, and Jonathan have in store for us musically this year.

See you all soon,

Danny Olsen
New Westminster and District Concert Band Society

Concert – Dawns A New Day

The Senior ensemble of the New Westminster & District Concert Band is proud to present our concert entitled “Dawns A New Day”.

Prompted by acts of tragedy, conflict and crisis, the program explores the amazing resiliency of the human spirit and humanity’s constant search for meaning and happiness.

The program will include the following selections:

With Each Sunset (Comes the Promise of a New Day)

Cantus Jubilante

The Planets: Jupiter

Les Miserables

O Magnum Mysterium

An American Elegy

Wedding Dance

Symphony #1 In Memoriam Dresden 1945


Concert Location:

Evergreen Cultural Centre

1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC


Concert Start Time:

7:30 pm  (doors open at 7:00 pm)

Tickets are $5.00 and are available from band members or at the door.