KSS music program bashes on

The trip will be expensive, but it should be well worth it

KSS music students selling raffle tickets at QB civic centre:  from left

KSS music students selling raffle tickets at QB civic centre: from left

Kwalikum Secondary School’s man behind the music program has been busy these days as his students prepare for a number of upcoming performances.

David Stewart said the upcoming school Christmas concert will highlight the skills of their young musicians and the community is invited to hear what they have been up to on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the multi-purpose room at KSS.

He said the night will feature two concert bands, the concert choir, the flute choir and a brass quintet.

“We want the public to come out. It will be a good solid evening of festive music,” said Stewart.

Admission to the event is by donation and proceeds will go towards the effort to send 40 students to Ottawa in May for MusicFest Nationals.

Stewart said it will cost about $1,600 per student for the trip, but he said it will be well worth it. He said last year’s Grade 12 students went to Nationals in Ottawa when they were in Grade 9, and they agreed it was a wonderful experience.

He said there are all sorts of student fundraisers for the trip including bottle drives and an artwork raffle. Students are selling raffle tickets for a framed piece of art work by local artist Ken Kirkby with the draw to be held this March.

Stewart said a lot of his music students will be performing throughout the community this holiday season providing an opportunity for the public to hear how talented they are.

He said residents can catch the students in action at KSS’s annual benefit concert Jazz Extravaganza, coming up in February at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.