The CCAA Band Department has been a vital and dynamic part of the Music Department for its past 30 years. With so many successful alumni all over the World, we proudly carry our reputation of being fun-loving and dedicated to music and each other.
Teachers, along with Guest Artists engage students in a variety of small and large ensembles which are level appropriate to students’ musical skills. For our youngest students in Grade 7-9 we have our Junior Winds as well as the TCDSB Honour Band. Our Grade 9-10 students form the Intermediate Concert Winds, and our senior students are part of the Wind Symphony. Although most of our ensembles are grade specific, we encourage students to be part of as many groups as possible. This allows younger students with advanced musical skills to join the upper level ensembles. Our most popular ensemble is the Jazz Band, which is open to all grades and students from other arts areas. All of our ensembles require an informal audition to join.
We are excited to be able to collaborate with other departments in events like the school musical and integrated school performances. Our traditional pit orchestras always include senior students from the Band department who are able to play different instruments at an advanced level.
Our biannual Music Trips to Canadian and International destinations have always been the highlight of the Band Department.
Even through Covid, we run online ensemble sectionals, organized online peer mentoring and online large group rehearsals. Students learned to record and edit their own music and performances using various editing software. Composition and creation of musical backdrops to film and video game segments was one of our favourite projects during this past school year. Video performances of solos, self duets, trios and quartets created many outstanding online performances, some of which were featured in our Carter Creates Online Arts Festival in early June. The collaborative, class based chamber ensembles achieved high standards with their online performances as well. Our groundbreaking virtual Christmas and Spring Concerts provided much inspiration to every Band student and were much appreciated by the parent community.
We are truly proud of our six different ensembles who entered the Kiwanis Virtual Music Festival 2021 and achieved a Platinum standing. Our Concert Winds and Senior Wind Symphony finished in 1st place with a Platinum standing and 98%.
Three of our Grade 12 wind instrumentalists and percussionist were selected to enter the Kiwanis Virtual Provincial Finals: Monica Iakab, on French Horn was awarded the adjudicators’ choice scholarship and 1st place for her self recorded and edited Horn Quartet. Emily Mamcarz on trumpet was chosen in 2nd place in the senior Brass category and Annie Qin with her piano and vibraphone duet also finished 1st in the senior Percussion category. Congratulations!