The Springwood Middle School Grade 7/8 Concert Band won a Gold Award this past May when they competed with eighteen other bands in their category from across Canada at MusicFest Nationals in Vancouver. The school is very proud of their achievement under the leadership of band teacher Dr. Donna Rathke.
The band has been invited to next year's Musicfest Nationals held in May 2012 in Ottawa and has decided to take on the challenge of raising the $55,000 it will take to get them there.
Fundraising efforts will be taking place throughout the upcoming school year and currently there is an account open at the Parksville Recycling Centre to help the group's efforts. Simply drop off recycling at the center and tell them it's for the SMS Band account. The group will hold a bottle drive there on August 6th at 10 a.m.
When school resumes this fall donations to SMS Concert band will be graciously accepted at the office.
— Submitted by Carolyn
Jordan, SMS PAC Chair and band parent.