About WVYB

About WVYB

The WVYB is a non-auditioned community youth music program with four Band and three Strings levels.  No experience is necessary for beginner band and only a little experience is required for the debut strings program.  From our home in the Community Music Hall, West Vancouver Community Centre, the WVYB provides excellent music instruction and performance opportunities through highly qualified instructors.

Band Levels

The WVYB has four different levels of Band.  Musicians are placed in band levels based on musicianship and maturity and is at the discretion of the band director.  No experience is necessary for beginner band.

Beginner Band
For students with little or no previous training on an instrument, the Beginner Band's members are usually in grades 5 through 7, aged 10 - 12. Please be aware that priority will be given to students in grade 6 and 7. At the first beginner full band rehearsal, students are presented with a variety of instruments from which to choose one suitable for them.

Junior Band
For Beginner Band graduates, and students with a minimum of one year of musical experience.  Generally grades 6 through 8, age 11 to 13.  Placement in band levels is at the discretion of the band director and is based on musicianship and maturity.

Concert Band
For students with a minimum of two years on an instrument, grades 7 - 9, age 12-14. There are currently a limited number of positions available at this level depending on the instrument. Placement is based on musicianship and maturity and is at the discretion of the music director. 

Concert Band often plays at Theatres and performs on a school tour of elementary schools in West Vancouver each year.

Symphonic Band
For the most experienced students, grades 9 - college, age 14 to 19. There are currently a limited number of positions available at this level depending on the instrument. Placement is based on musicianship and maturity and is at the discretion of the band director.

Symphonic Band plays a variety of music and often plays original compositions. Working with composers such as Robert Buckley and Ralph Ford provide the musicians with great insight into how a piece of music is created.

The band plays two or three major concerts each year in addition to West Vancouver Remembrance Day, Community Day, Canada Day, Dundarave Christmas Tree Lighting and just about any civic event where music is required.

Symphonic Band attends a three day retreat each September at Camp Squamish and often tours in the summer. Tours are optional and are on a user pay basis. Camp Squamish is included in registration fees.

Strings Levels

2018 marks the ninth year of our WVYB STRINGS PROGRAM

The WVYB has three levels of Strings.  Musicians are placed in strings levels based on musicianship and maturity and are at the discretion of the strings director.  

Debut Strings: rehearse from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Saturday mornings in the WVYB office.                                                            Debut Strings is a place where beginning string players (violin, viola, cello, double bass) can be introduced to the joys of making music as a group. The ensemble is best suited for young players ages 5 and up who have taken a minimum of six months of lessons on their instrument. Debut Strings musicians will have the opportunity to perform publicly and will be encouraged to develop new skills and make new friends. The program fosters the values of cooperation, problem-solving, and musical excellence. 

Concert Strings: rehearse from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday mornings                                                                                        Suitable for musicians aged 9-13 (grades 4-8) who are enrolled in regular private lessons and have two or more years of experience on their instrument. The ability to read standard music notation at a basic level is required. This ensemble is focused on building ensemble skills and gives performances three to fives times a year.

Symphonic Strings: rehearse from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday mornings                                                                          Suitable for musicians aged 13-21 (grades 8 and up) who are enrolled in regular private lessons and have three or more years of experience on their instrument. The ability to read complex music notation and an understanding of standard musical terminology is required. This is a performance-based ensemble and is focused on building repertoire toward the five to seven performances each year.

Which ensemble is for you?

The Strings Director will hear any new candidate in an informal audition and decide which ensemble is most appropriate for the individual. The age and grade levels listed are a guide and musicians ability and maturity will be considered over age or grade when considering placement.

For more information contact:

Nicholas Urquhart
Strings Conductor
stringsdirector@westvanyouthband.ca
778-994-6425

Additional Programs - Jazz & Orchestra

Jazz & Orchestra Music Programs

Starting:

January 2019  to June 2019   7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  - alternating Tuesdays evenings rehearsal schedule

Registration will open in the Fall

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