Thank you for taking the time to find out about a wonderful band/orchestra program from Sooke, B.C.
Sooke School Bands/Orchestra have the amazing opportunity to go the Musicfest Canada Nationals competition in Calgary this year.
All 5 ensembles received Superior or Excellent+ marks at the regional competition held in Port Alberni in 2019. As a result of this we have qualified to enter for the Nationals. It has been 6 years since the Nationals were held in the west of Canada. We are close to being able to get there; we just need that extra push of funds!
To reinforce the amazing work of the staff and students we would love to give our bands/orchestra the opportunity to compete at the highest level.
We have made local news in our efforts to get to the nationals:
240,000 students across Canada compete to gain the opportunity to play at the Nationals, and we are among the 7,000-8,000 to be selected to compete. We have qualified to play at the national level, every year, since 2011 but have been unable to compete there because of the expense to travel to the East. This is the closest the Nationals have been to BC since 2014. WE WANT TO GO!
Getting 40+ students across Canada is expensive, and certainly not possible without some help. A trip like this is outside of many family’s budgets and it would be a shame to stop the momentum gained from winning these awards due to funding.
This trip will resonate with students for a lifetime, solidify a band program within our school system, and continue to inspire other young musicians in the school and local area for many years to come.
We are trying to raise money to go make the trip possible.
Thank you for your consideration.
If asked, SPN will distribute information on local fundraisers. The following is as posted on GoFundMe. Lorna Bjorklund is organising this fundraiser. Certain criteria apply. Contact SPN for information.