Choir Performance – December 8

We have been invited by Peter Julian, MP to sing at his annual open house on December 8, 2018. This event is open for all Burnaby/New West residents. Please note the following details:

Date: Saturday Dec 8, 2018
Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm. Choir students are asked to be there by 2:30pm, as we perform 3:15 – 3:30pm.
Location: Fraser River Middle School
Address: 800 Queens Ave, New Westminster (Corner of 8th Street and Queens Ave)
Parking: Parking lots are reserved for seniors and people with disabilities. Please use street parking.

All students and any friends/family who will be attending are required to RSVP by December 1 at the following link:

You can view the event flyer here

Upcoming Choir Performances

Performance at Cariboo Hill Remembrance Day Assembly
Friday, November 9 in the large gym
Students will be dismissed from their period 2 class at 10:00am for a soundcheck. Assembly begins at 10:45am.
Family members are welcome to attend.
Dress is all black

Performance at Edmonds Community Centre
Saturday, November 10
Please arrive no later than 12:30pm. Performance begins promptly at 1:00pm
Dress is all-black
Friends and family are welcome to attend

Voices 41
Every year, all the secondary school choirs in Burnaby get together to perform for each other. This concert takes place at the Michael J Fox Theatre (7373 Macpherson Ave).
Monday, November 26, 2018
Please arrive no later than 6:15pm. Performance begins at 7:00pm and usually runs for about 2 hours.
Each choir gets a very limited number of tickets available for family members. We only have 10 tickets available for purchase now ($5 each). There will no tickets sold at the door. 
Dress is all black

Timberline Ranch

  • Students will be dismissed from period 2 on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 11:45am. The bus leaves at 12:15
  • Please remember your sleeping bag, pillow, towel, and personal toiletries.
  • It looks like it will be quite rainy this year. As most of our activity rotations happen outside, students should be prepared to do activities in the rain!
  • If parents need to reach their child while at Timberline, please call the camp directly at 604-463-9278

Music Folders

If you would like to purchase a personalised band or choir folder, please click the link to fill out the order form. These long-lasting leatherette folders will have your name and year of graduation printed on them.


Choir folders are $20 each/Band folders $25 each. You can pay by cash or cheque (made payable to Cariboo Hill Secondary).


Welcome Back!

I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable summer break! I’m really looking forward to catching up with everyone and getting back into rehearsals. As always, September is a busy time. There are a few items which will require your attention:

  • please obtain your instruments as soon as possible so that we can begin rehearsals right away. Speak to me a.s.a.p if you would like to rent an instrument from Cariboo
  • student contracts will be handed out in class. Please sign and return these as soon as possible.
  • Senior Band will begin Thursday, September 6, and Choir will begin Friday, September 7

Upcoming Performances

We have a busy concert season ahead of us! Please note the following information regarding our three year-end performances (School Leaving Ceremony, Spring Concert, and Jazz Night):

School Leaving Ceremony
It is Cariboo Hill tradition to have our Senior Concert Band perform for our grads at the Leaving Ceremony. This year, I would like to invite the Junior Band members to join us. They will help fill in some holes in instrumentation (our graduating music students do not play with us on this day), and it will be a nice opportunity for our Grade 9 students to perform with the seniors who they will be joining next year. This is not mandatory for the Junior Band, however, efforts to attend will be greatly appreciated.
Date: Sunday, May 27
Location: Bill Copeland Sports Complex (3676 Kensington Ave.)
Time: students will need to arrive for a sound check at 12:00pm. The ceremony begins at 2:00pm, and should be done by 3:30pm.
Dress: all-black ((including black shoes and socks!)

Spring Concert
Please note that the date of our final concert has moved from May 24 to May 30.
Date: Wednesday, May 30
Location: Cariboo Hill Small Gym
Time: Students will need to arrive by 6:30pm; performance begins at 7:00pm
Dress: All-black
Cost: Admission will be by donation. Snacks and drinks will also be available from our concession.

Jazz Night
This year, we will have our first Jazz Night, featuring our Junior Jazz Band and our Senior Jazz Combo. This night will require more set-up and organization than our usual performances. If you are interested in helping-out, please let me know.
Date: Wednesday, June 6
Location: Cariboo Hill Cafeteria
Time: Students will need to arrive by 7:00pm, concert begins at 7:30pm
Dress: black bottom, solid-coloured top (no logos, designs, or patterns).
Cost: $10 per ticket. Tickets will be on sale in May.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding our busy performance season. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Montreal Updates

Almost one month away from our trip! Please note the following information:

All students who are travelling to Montreal will be required to attend the following two rehearsals:

Tuesday, February 27 3:15-4:30pm

Tuesday, March 13 3:15-4:30pm

Any additional rehearsals that may be required will be held during a lunch-hour with at least one week’s notice. Students are expected to come to these rehearsals with their music well-practiced and prepared. There is simply not enough time for individuals to be learning the music during the rehearsal.

I will be using the Remind app in the coming weeks to pass along any Montreal information to students. I will also use this app during the trip for those students who will have access to wi-fi and/or a data plan.

Text the number 778-654-6095 with the following message (include the @ symbol):

You should receive a welcome message, after which, all you will need to do is reply with your full name. No need to download the app. From there, you can contact me directly. Our private phone numbers are not visible or shared.

Parent Meeting Reminder
A reminder that our parent meeting is taking place in the Music Room, Wednesday, February 28 at 6:30pm. It has been changed from the original date (Feb. 21)

Fine Arts Night

Cariboo’s annual Fine Arts Night is next Thursday, February 1st! Here are the details:

Wednesday, January 31:
“cue-to-cue” rehearsal. Meet in the small gym right after school to do a run-through (no instruments required).

Thursday, February 1:
Band students to band room by 6:30pm; choir students in Room 101.
Dress is all black
Concert begins at 7pm in the small gym.
Family and friends welcome (admission by donation)