Friday, 25 November 2016


WHEN:  Tuesday, December 6, 2016
WHERE:  Martin Collegiate

TIME:  6:30pm (all band students to be there 6:00)

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Uniform shirts for Grade 6 Band students and new band students:
All uniform shirts have been ordered for new band students.  Notes and emails have been sent home with information about cost, etc. We will hand out shirts to students prior to our Winter Concert in December.  If your child didn’t get sized and needs a shirt, please have them see us at full band or sectionals and we can add them to the order. 

Winter Concert:  Our winter band concert this year will be held on December 6, 7:00pm, in the Martin Auditorium.  This concert will feature our elementary groups as well as our high school concert band and choir.  Students should arrive at 6:30 in uniform (red t-shirts, black pants/skirt, black shoes).  We will also be holding our annual bake sale in the front lobby.  As in the past, we would appreciate if families could bring one dozen of their favorite baking (nut free).  More information will be sent home as we approach the concert date! 

Mrs. Strykiwsky
Ms. Stetner
Mr. Wiest 

Friday, 7 October 2016

Hi Grade 7/8 woodwind band families,

There is a Woodwind Day being held at the University of Regina on October 19 in the morning. The students will be getting the information beginning on Tuesday.

Woodwind Day

Monday, 3 October 2016

We are off to a great start with the Martin area band ensembles!  The Grade 6 band had their first rehearsal on Sept. 26 - it’s wonderful to hear the beginning sounds of a group of young musicians! 
Some things for the month of October:
INSTRUMENT LOAN FORMS:  Please return if you are using a school instrument
ONLINE PAYMENT:  Families should soon see a request for online payment for instruments ($120, if you’re using the school’s), and transportation fee ($50, with the exception of McLurg Grade 6 students)
OCTOBER 19 – Woodwind Day at the U of R – all Grade 7/8 woodwind players are invited to the University for the morning – more details/bus times to follow
GRADE 6 BAND T-SHIRTS – All new band students will be sized for their band uniform t-shirts during full band on October 12.  A note will be sent home with all students with cost, etc. 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR – Our winter concert this year is on December 6, 7:00pm at Martin.  This concert will feature all of our elementary groups as well as high school.  See you there!
Mrs. Strykiwsky
Ms. Stetner

Mr. Wiest

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Head Start Clinic

For all the Grade 6 Band students, there is the head start clinic on Monday, September 19 at McLurg. Click on the links below to read the information that was sent home with the students. 

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Welcome to the 2016 - 2017 Martin Area Band Program. We are all excited to get the band year off to a great start with Grade 7/8 Full Band beginning on September 12 at Martin from 2 - 3 and The Grade 6 Head Start Clinic on September 19 at McLurg. Letters have been sent home but the links are below for the pdf versions.

Grade 6 Letter

Grade 7/8 Letter

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Mark the Calendar:

Head Start Clinic for the Grade 6 band students will be on Monday, September, 19 from 3 - 7 p.m. at McLurg School (125 Paynter Crescent)
Mark the Calendar:

Head Start Clinic for the Grade 6 band students will be on Monday, September, 19 from 3 - 7 p.m. at McLurg School (125 Paynter Crescent)

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, we are both happy and sad. The last year has flown by and we have had some great experiences like the tours and Optimist Festival. The cycle continues as the Grade 8 students are now moving onto high school and a new group of Grade 6 students will begin in the fall. We are excited to see what the new year has to offer. If you still have not turned in your registration form for next year, please do so as we begin to plan for the next school year. If we do not see you before the summer, have a wonderful summer holidays and we will see you in the fall!!!

Band Registration Form

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

With the band year winding down soon, there are just a few reminders for everyone. The Spring Concert is at Martin Collegiate (1100 McIntyre Street) at 7 p.m. on May 31, 2016. Students should arrive at 6:30 in their uniform and ready to go. We will be holding our traditional bake sale at the concert so students can bring a dozen of their favourite treats. Remember no nuts please.

Registration forms for the upcoming year are now being handed out to all students. We would like the registration forms back by June 14th so we can start planning the groups for next year.

Thanks everyone and see you at the concert next Tuesday night!!!

Band Registration Form

Friday, 29 April 2016

Grade 6 Band Tour on Friday, May 6

The Grade 6 Band students will be performing at Rosemont School at 10:45 a.m. If you would like to come and watch, parents are welcome. Come and hear Star Wars, Ayre and Dance, Quintessence and the World Premier of "African Dance."

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

May 13, 2016 - National Youth Band will be performing a concert at Martin Collegiate in the morning that the Grade 7 and 8 Band students will be attending. There is no cost for the students to attend.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

The Martin Area Band Spring Concert has been moved to May 31st, 2016 and will be in the Martin Collegiate Auditorium. Hope to see everyone there!!

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Grade 7/8 Band Tour to Moose Jaw

Here is the information as well as the consent and waiver and health form for the upcoming trip.

Grade 7/8 Band Tour Information

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Grade 6 Band Tour Information

The attached document is the information for the Grade 6 Band Tour.

Grade 6 Tour Information and Consent

Monday, 7 March 2016

The Optimist Festival is quickly approaching – we now know our exact day/time for our performances on stage at the Conexus Arts Centre:
Grade 6 Band – Thursday, March 17, 9:45am
Grade 7/8 Band – Wednesday, March 16, 11:15am

Notes/picture forms/permission forms have been sent home with all students.  Students will be bussed to and from their schools to the Conexus.  If you wish to chaperone, please send back the bottom portion of the Optimist note, or an e-mail.  Permission forms are due on March 4, along with the $7.00 if you haven’t yet paid.  If you’re available to come and watch, we’d love to have a cheering section!  Hope to see you there.  

Congratulations to Maryam Q, Adria J, and Jonah K for being chosen to play with the South Saskatchewan Honour Band on March 11-12 at LeBoldus.  They will be joining young musicians from across the province to rehearse challenging music and perform in a concert with conductor Greg McLean.  Way to go!!!

On Wednesday, March 23 the Grade 7 band students from McLurg will be attending a clinic/workshop with conductor/composer Jodie Blackshaw from Australia.  Students will be bussed to Campbell Collegiate for the morning.  Notes will be coming home shortly!

Vanessa Strykiwsky
Lindsay Stetner

Dylan Wiest

Monday, 29 February 2016

Optimist Festival Information

With February drawing to a close, the Optimist Festival is just around the corner. We have sent this information home with the students. The festival will take place at the Conexus Arts Centre.

Grade 6 Consent Form

Grade 7/8 Consent Form

Friday, 22 January 2016

Teacher Change

Hello Band Parents,

This is a notice to let you know that Lindsay Stetner is returning to the Martin Area Bands and we are sadly saying goodbye to Robin Howell. Lindsay Stetner will take over Seven Stones sectionals, some Walker/McLurg sectionals, and Grade 6 Full Band. Dylan Wiest and Vanessa Strykiwsky are staying in their regular schedules.

Robin wants to thank all of the students she’s worked with in the Martin Area Band this year. All of the students have been extremely kind and hard-working and she will miss them very much. She looks forward to attending the end-of-year concert and hearing all the progress they will make in remaining months of the school year!


Vanessa Strykiwsky, Lindsay Stetner, Dylan Wiest, & Robin Howell

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Optimist Band Festival

The Grade 6, 7/8, and High School bands will be performing at the Downtowner’s Optimist Band Festival at the Conexus Arts Centre in March.  The purpose of this festival is to provide our students with the opportunity to play in a quality venue, have a clinic with a highly regarded adjudicator, and to work toward a successful performance as a band.  They will perform two pieces for three adjudicators and an audience.  Following their performance, our bands will also have a group photo taken, or, an individual/small group taken if you choose (picture order forms will be sent home closer to the date).  Our students will leave by bus sometime during the morning and return before school is done for the day. 

We are asking each band student to pay $7.00 to cover partial cost of the registration and transportation.  For Walker & McLurg families, payment will be online for this event.  For Seven Stones & Rosemont families, or anyone unable to pay online, please hand cash or a cheque made out to 'Regina Public Schools' in (labeled with your child’s name) to one of the band teachers no later than Friday, January 22 as registration for this event is due very soon.

We will send a note home closer to the festival with the exact day and time, a permission form, an itinerary of the day, and a picture order form. We will also need some chaperones, so look for that too!

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Welcome Back!

Welcome back! We hope everyone had a wonderful break and found some time to relax and rejuvenate. Below are the sectional and full band schedules for January-May. Stay tuned for information on the Optimist Festival which happens in March.


Vanessa, Robin, & Dylan

McLurg 6
McLurg 7
McLurg 8

Seven Stones 6
Seven Stones 7/8

Walker 6
Walker 7/8