Ride to Conquer Cancer- An Evening of Jazz

Our very own Jim Kempton (Senior Band Percussionist) is going to be taking part in this years Ride to Conquer Cancer and needs our support!

“I’m captain of a 5 member team for the Ride to Conquer Cancer called ” Team Beat It” . As part of our fundraising this year we are doing a casual evening of jazz set up as a semi cabaret style. The venue will be held in the parish hall of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church – 1440 w12th Ave. Vancouver ( southwest corner of 12th and Hemlock ). I have asked a guest vocalist to join us for a couple numbers as well as guest soloists. The venue will also be licenced for beer and wine plus light snacks and will feature various items in a silent auction as well as a 50/50 draw and door prizes. Tickets are $25 ( tax deductable ) all proceeds go our team helping us each make our $2500 minimum which in turn go straight to the BC Cancer Foundation to support research. Doors open at 730pm and we play from 8pm to 11pm.”

See Jim’s Ride to Conquer Cancer website here



Message from the President

The New Westminster and District Band has a long and musically excellent past.  In fulfilling my role as President I feel that I am paying back and maybe paying forward a little.  As a boy when I first joined the beginner band I didn’t pay much attention to the work that was going on behind the scenes but as I grew older I recognised the efforts required to keep an organization such as the New Westminster and District Band Society moving forward musically and organizationally.

Today the New Westminster and District Band Society offers a unique musical experience by facilitating 3 levels of Concert Band (beginner, Intermediate, and Senior) as well as a Senior Jazz Band. A special experience for me was playing with both of my children, my wife, and my father in law, in the Senior Band, as we were all together for a few years.  All of our bands are open to all ages. For us it is all about where you are in your musical journey.


If you are a beginner, or if you and your children would like to take on a new challenge; if you started your musical journey at school but would like to be at the top of your class; or if you played years ago and would like to re-experience playing with a top- performing Concert or Jazz Band; please check out our website and come to visit us on Monday or Thursday nights (06:30pm).


Hope to meet you soon,


Danny Olsen


New Westminster and District Concert Band Society

POPS Concert Tonight!

Please come and join us for our annual POPS Concert featuring the Jazz and Senior ensembles.

The concert will be held at the Michael J Fox Theatre in Burnaby and the start time is 7:30.

Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.


REMINDER: Annual General Meeting Next Monday

This is a very important reminder that the annual general meeting of the New Westminster & District Concert Band Society will be held next Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 8:00pm sharp.

New Westminster & District Concert Band Society

 Annual General Meeting Notice for October 24th, 2011


 Minutes of October 2010 Annual General Meeting

President’s Report                Danny Olsen

Treasurer’s Report               Howard Engman (*re-appointed by the executive)

Band Directors’ Reports

  • Stephanie Olsen
  • Kevin White
  • Jonathan Sykes ( Kelly Proznick)
  • John White

Nominations & Election of Volunteer Executive

 Bylaw Amendments
*Important note: the proposed changes to our Society’s bylaws are quite extensive. A committee of Executive members has worked over the past year to create these suggested updates in an effort to reflect evolutionary changes in the Society’s structure, membership base and manner of operating.   Please take a moment to peruse the posted documents at a rehearsal prior to the AGM.  Members who wish to receive the documents via e-mail, please contact Danny Olsen.

New Business

 Please note the meeting will begin at 8 PM sharp on Monday, October 24th, 2011.  It will run approximately one hour.

It is important for every member to attend this meeting, or one parent/guardian of a student member.


For 2011 and subsequent years, the Canadian Government has implemented a new non-refundable tax credit based on eligible expenses paid for the cost of registration or membership of your child in a prescribed program of artistic, cultural, recreational or developmental activity.  Up to $500 in expenses may be eligible per year per child under the age of 16. 

For more information on the new children’s arts tax credit visit: http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?id=4114

Welcome Back!

It’s September and that means the start of another fantastic season of music with the New Westminster & District Concert Band.

A reminder of rehearsal schedules

Beginner Band

Mondays and Thursdays – 6pm tp 7pm

This group is for new people to music and instruments or for those wishing to take up a second instrument.
Intermediate Band

Director – Stephanie Olsen

“Congratulations to last year’s Beginner group who have graduated to the Intermediate section… Welcome Back!  And to those people, younger and also the older, who would like to learn a concert band ensemble instrument, welcome to our family of bands in the New Westminster and District Concert Band Society!”

Thursdays – 6pm to 8pm
Senior Band

Mondays – 6:30pm-8:30pm
Jazz Band


Father’s Day Concert in the Park

A heartfelt that you to all those who joined the New Westminster and District Concert Band Society groups at the Band shell in Queens Park yesterday for our annual Father’s Day Concert.

Great performances were on display from the Beginner, Intermediate, Jazz and Senior Ensembles.  Congratulations to all the musicians!

To be informed of future performances, please join our mailing list from the main page.