Students in Grades 7 through 12 are welcome to participate in the Instrumental Music Program (Band). Band at the Grade 7 and 8 levels can be taken as a required arts option and is timetabled in the school day with classes meeting three (fifty minute) periods per cycle. Students are bussed to either Waverly Park or Earl Oxford School.
There are four band programs within the Brandon School Division:
- BSD's East Side Band Program is under the direction of Ms. Erin Dodds and Mr. Jarrett Fuller and is housed at Earl Oxford School.
- BSD's West Middle School Band Program is under the direction of Mr. Graydon Cramer and Mr. Jarrett Fuller, and is housed at Waverly Park School.
- Crocus Plains Music Department - Students in Grade 9 through 12 participate in this program.
- Vincent Massey Music Department - Students in Grade 9 through 12 participate in this program.
Entering the Band Program - Grade Six
The staff offers a series of steps to familiarize students and parents with the music program.
The band programs perform for all Grade 6 classes in the city. Students will receive an information package regarding the band program which includes the different programs available, instruments available to the students, registration and rental process and fee information and information on the Brandon Schools Instrumental Music Association (BSIMA). Students will register for the band programs at their schools in the spring and then with BSIMA in September.
Staff will carry out, where necessary and appropriate, an assessment of music aptitude and instrument demonstration.
Instrument assignments for Grade 7 students are made after Kickstart (instrument trials).
Grade Seven - Instrument Trials
In September, Grade 7 students receive one cycle of instruction on each of the following instruments: flute, clarinet, trumpet/french horn, trombone, euphonium/tuba.
Students are assigned to an instrument with consideration being given to student's choices, instrumentation, parent's wishes, and the student's strengths and weaknesses. Finally, students do a half day workshop on their chosen instrument (called "Kickstart").
The process is generally completed by the middle of October.
Parent Support Groups - BSIMA
The Brandon Schools Instrumental Music Association (BSIMA) is the parent support group for the band programs in the city of Brandon. The BSIMA will support the Brandon School Division's instrumental music programs by endeavouring to provide educational opportunities and access to instruments of good quality. The BSIMA will also advocate for, and promote public awareness of, the instrumental music programs in our schools. Additional information on BSIMA may be found at www.bsima.ca
School Level Parent Support
Each Band Program has its own parent executive. Each parent executive has 2 elected members who sit on the BSIMA Board to ensure that the programs are represented on the BSIMA Board.