About WVYB

About WVYB

The WVYB is a non-auditioned community youth music program with four Band and two Strings levels.  No experience is necessary for beginner band.  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

2017 marks the eighth year of our WVYB STRINGS PROGRAM

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

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

Special Programs

Advance Drum Program - Symphonic Band Members from October 2017 to March 2018
The WVYB Advanced Drumming program is open to musicians who are passionate about percussion as an art form. The percussion ensemble is limited to a maximum of 12 players. To register the skilled percussionist must be capable of reading treble, bass, and percussion clef and be in grade 9 - 12.

This is an opportunity for students interested in pursuing advanced percussion focused repertoire and experience the wide range of possibilities on percussion. The sessions will be held at the Music Hall in the West Vancouver Community Centre.

Martin Fisk is our Percussion music educator. Martin is an exceptional educator and will be directing the advance drumming program. He performs regularly with the VSO, VOA, Vancouver New Music and is the founding member of Vancouver's Fringe Percussion Ensemble. The WVYB has benefited from having him as our percussion coach for many years.

The group will meet on Tuesdays, once a month.

Brass Quintet Program - Symphonic Band Members from October to TBA
Information TBA