Instrumental Ensembles & Bands

Community members are welcome to join any of the Music Department's ensembles, by audition, and participate alongside the students in the music program and the college at large. Please note that students in credit music programs have registration priority for Douglas College ensembles.

Beginning Instrumental Ensemble

Through the rehearsal and performance of appropriate music, students learn the basic skills of ensemble playing, including balance, proper technique, phrasing, and dynamics. Special emphasis will be placed on technical development and reading skills. Admission to this band is by audition, and is based on available seats. The band is available during the Fall and Winter semesters only (September-December, January-April).

Please contact Robert Caldwell to schedule an audition at caldwellr@douglascollege.ca or contact the Community Music School office for more details at commusic@douglascollege.ca

Winter 2022 (January - April)

Director: Robert Caldwell

Location: New Westminster Campus

Times: Tuesdays, 2:30 - 4:30 pm

Fee: $95.00 + GST

Concert Band

This group rehearses and performs intermediate to advanced repertoire in a variety of musical styles. Rehearsals focus on preparing repertoire for public performances. Admission to this band is by audition, and is based on available seats. The band is available during the Fall and Winter semesters only (Sept-Dec, Jan-Apr).

Please contact Robin Shier to schedule an audition at shierr@douglascollege.ca or contact the Community Music School office for more details at commusic@douglascollege.ca

Winter 2022 (January - April)

Director: Robin Shier

Location: New Westminster Campus

Times: Wednesdays, 7:00 - 9:20pm

Fee: $95.00 + GST

Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz ensemble that performs classics from the jazz tradition along with more modern material. Intermediate-level jazz players are welcome. Rehearsals focus on preparing repertoire for public performances. Admission to this band is by audition, and is based on available seats. The Jazz ensemble is available during the Fall and Winter semesters only (Sept-Dec, Jan-Apr).

Please contact Jill Townsend to schedule an audition at townsendj@douglascollege.ca contact the Community Music School office for more details at commusic@douglascollege.ca

Winter 2022 (January - April)

Director: Jill Townsend

Location: New Westminster Campus

Times: Thursdays, 4:30 - 6:30pm

Fee: $95.00 + GST

Percussion Ensemble

This class is designed for percussion students enrolled in the Music Diploma program at Douglas College. However, if other students have prior ability with rudiments and scales, they may be able to register for this ensemble. Knowledge of snare drum rudiments, and both major and minor scales is recommended. Repertoire will include classical percussion music and ethnic percussion. Admission to this ensemble is by audition, and is based on available seats. 

Please contact Robert Caldwell to schedule an audition at caldwellr@douglascollege.ca or contact the Community Music School office for more details at commusic@douglascollege.ca

Douglas College welcomes community members to join the student Percussion Ensemble!

Winter 2022 (January - April)

Director: Robert Caldwell

Location: New Westminster Campus

Times: Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:20 pm

Fee: $95.00 + GST