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Music

Here at Namao School, we pride ourselves with continuing an excellent, award-winning music program including an Elementary Choir and our Elementary and Junior High school bands.

Namao School Choir

Grades 3 to 6 are encouraged to join the choir, which runs from September to May of each year. There are performance opportunities within the school season with in house singing, local Festival entries, and the participation with the Sturgeon Night of Music held each spring.

Grade 6 Band

At Namao School, all Grade 6 Students learn a Band instrument, perform at the Winter and Spring Band Concert, play at local festivals for adjudication and develop their skills to continue in Junior High when Band becomes a complimentary choice.

Events

September Sturgeon Start Up
December Christmas Concert
April St. Albert Rotary Music Festival at the Arden Theatre
June Band Concert

Beginning Band (Junior High- first year on instrument)

Students perform in many concerts, learn from professionals at the Camp Nakamun Overnight retreat and compete in music festivals. The aim of Namao Beginning Band is to focus on a balanced sound, weekly practice outside of Band rehearsal, creating strong fundamental sounds to build on for the years to follow.

Events

September Sturgeon Jumpstart
December Christmas Concert
March Camp Nakamun (Overnight)
April

Fort Saskatchewan Music Festival

St. Albert Rotary Music Festival

June Band Concert

Advanced Band (Junior High - second/third year on instrument)

Students improve their skills as the difficulty of the music increases. Concerts, festivals and a major trip will help fine-tune these skills. Students must have achieved a mark of 60% or better in Beginning Band as a prerequisite for Advanced Band. The events of Advanced Band are numerous and require a higher level of practice and discipline in order to grow as an ensemble.

Events

September Sturgeon Jumpstart
November Remembrance Day Ceremony
December Band Christmas Concert
December Christmas Concert
March Fort Saskatchewan Music Festival
April St. Albert Rotary Music Festival 
April Sturgeon Night Of Music
May Advanced Band Tour
June Spring Band Concert

Jazz Band

Jazz Band is an extracurricular activity. Students commit to weekly after school rehearsals from January to April. Dates for Jazz band will be decided on each new school year. The end result is to perform at the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival in early April for friends and family. This performance is adjudicated and graded.  

Wyn Humphries
Music Teacher
Namao School
780-973-9191

"Without music, life would be a mistake" - F. Nietzsche