Welcome to Mr. Wenzek's Elementary School Band webpage.  This was made especially for you and your parents.  I will update information as the school year progresses.  Be sure to click on your school for items specific to you and your band.

April 1, 2017

My apologies for not updating this site as often as I'd like.

The schedule for Mr. W's classes at the Burnaby District Festival of Beginning Bands is as follows:
Monday, May 8 AM:  Maywood & Morley
Monday, May 8 PM:  Lakeview & Taylor Park
Tuesday, May 9 AM:  Cameron, Edmonds, Forest Grove, Stride Ave.
Thursday, May 11 AM:  Westridge
Thursday, May 11 PM:  Brantford

Check your respective school's page on the left for the songs you'll be playing at the festival, along with recordings of the songs specific to your school. ...and the latest secret word is...overture.

January 29, 2017

Every band has had a chance to play Ayre & Dance with good success, so it will be a hit come festival time in May!  A few bands have performances in February (Cameron, Edmonds, Morley, Stride, Taylor Park):  check your school's link on the left to see what you'll be playing.

If you haven't yet listened to Ayre & Dance, please click the link on January 7 entry below.  Be ready for another fingering test in the very near future (delayed a bit because of my illness).  And finally, the latest secret word is... treble.

January 7, 2017

Happy New Year!!  Here is the link to a recording of Ayre and Dance.  If you haven't received it yet, you should be getting it next week.  And I believe everyone knows how O Canada goes, so I won't include a link...yet!
And finally, the first secret word of 2017 is practice.

December 4, 2016

Be sure to check out your school's page to the left to find out how to earn bonus marks!
And the secret word now is jolly.

November 1, 2016

I've updated each school's page (on the left).  Go there to hear a recording of the piece I've handed out to your class (if we've done that already) and find the secret word today!

October 4, 2016

I've updated the "Links" page on this website.  I encourage you to check them out...some great deals, too!

October 3, 2016

Our bands are GREAT this year!

Most of my schools have updated the information I have requested, so it's time for me to start collecting from students!
I am requesting from each student $15 to cover their Essential Elements book and folder.  This can be paid at most schools by "Cash-on-Line" from the school's website, or a cheque payable to Cameron Elementary School (my home school), or cash (either 3 x $5 bill OR 1 x $10 AND 1 x $5 bill....NO COINS, please!).  I can issue receipts (if requested) once I have collected from most students.
This also holds true for students with School District instruments:  I would like to collect the paperwork and funds now.  As the form states, 1 x $100 OR 2 x $50.  These can be paid in the same manner as the book and folder.
I would like to have collected all forms and funds by October 14th, as the book and folder bill still needs to be paid!

Finally, just a reminder to students and parents that band students should be practicing at least 10 - 15 minutes a day to ensure good progress is made.  Those wishing to do more should take at least a 30 minute break between each practice session to allow muscles to recuperate.
Students should now be working to the end of page 5 in their book, maintaining good tone.  Again, use the recordings available from the Sept. 28 entry to help you practice.

Keep it up!

September 28, 2016

Click HERE for a link to the accompaniments for Essential Elements exercises.

September 16, 2016

After much effort and thought, I have FINALLY worked out what instrument each student should be playing this school year.  Most students received either their first or second choice instrument.  If I had to go further, it was to the child's and band's benefit.  

I have posted these lists tonight so parents have the opportunity to obtain instruments this weekend before the "frenzy" at Byrne Creek on Tuesday.  Students obtaining instruments early STILL NEED TO ATTEND A "FIRST LESSON" on TUESDAY @ BYRNE CREEK.  Check out the link in my Sept. 14 entry for more information on this.

*********Percussion students need a bell kit with a practice pad. ***********

And now...click on your school to the left to find out the big news!!!

Should parents have any questions, please email me.  Include your child's name and school, as I teach at 10 schools, teaching about 300 students!

Regular band schedule begins Monday.  Check out your school's link to the left for band class times.

See you Tuesday!

September 14, 2016

Please click on your school to the left, then click on "Info Page" and fill in your info for me.  This helps me get information to you and your family about what's happening in your band class.

A reminder to students & parents of the District Instrument Rental & First Lesson Night at Byrne Creek Secondary School on Tuesday, September 20th.  Further details can be found here.  Students not attending the First Lesson could end up falling up to 6 weeks behind the rest of the class.

Instrument assignments will be posted through the link to the left corresponding to your school as they are completed.  (I am not going to bed on Friday night until all schools' band rosters are completed, meaning they will be posted when you get up on Saturday morning!)  I will try to give students their first instrument choice.  However, trying to maintain a balanced band to benefit all students, not everyone will be assigned their first choice.  I will do my best to assign an instrument as close as I can to requests.  

Most band students are encouraged to purchase or rent an instrument from one of the approved stores directly or at the District Instrument Rental & First Lesson Night on Tuesday.  Baritone, bass clarinet, and french horn players will be provided with School District instruments at prevailing rates.  Other students requiring District instruments should let me know as soon as possible by email, as quantities are limited.  Subsidies may be available upon request.  Parents with children using District instruments are to ensure that the Instrument Loan Form is completed and turned in to me.  

**NOTE**  p-trumpets and p-bones are only available at select music stores directly, not the District event.  They will do for trumpet and trombone players in elementary school band.  Use of them in high school is at the discretion of the high school teacher.

Finally, all forms and documents issued to students are available on the "Forms & Docs" link to the left.


Your rising 7th grade child has the opportunity to make a very important decision about one of the classes they can choose to take this year, as well as through High School and College.

He/she has the opportunity to register for the outstanding band program at their Elementary School. Band is an exploratory course and not an extra-curricular activity. The band program is a year-long class students may attend. Students should enroll in this class at the beginning of the school year. Students starting this program do not yet have to read music and do not have to know what instrument they wish to play. Students will have a chance to explore the differences in band instruments during the first part of the school year.


Why should a student join the band? 

Many studies have shown that music education increases early brain development and improves students’ overall academic performance. 

Current research shows that music:

•Enhances higher brain function

•Teaches the habit of excellence

•Improves reading and math performance

•Builds teamwork skills and enhances cooperation

•Raises IQ and SAT scores

•Provides self-paced learning and mental concentration

•Develops higher critical thinking skills

•Prepares children for the future

•Helps develop better physical fitness and breathing

•Can help reduce asthma problems

Therefore, students that participate in formal music training generally have higher test scores due to the nature of their musical studies. Students in band must strive for success by achieving their personal best on a daily basis. As a result, students are learning the value of hard work and the pursuit of excellence in all of their endeavors. Many band students receive honours and awards, therefore validating the strong work ethic they develop while striving to perfect their many fundamentals and performance tasks.    

Ayre and Dance.mp3
Peter Wenzek,
Jan 7, 2017, 10:32 PM