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

Fall 2021 (September - December)

Director: Robert Caldwell

Location: New Westminster Campus

Times: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:20pm

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

Fall 2021 (September - December)

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

Fall 2021 (September - December)

Director: Jill Townsend

Location: New Westminster Campus

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

Fee: $95.00 + GST

Fusion Ensemble

Designed primarily for students in the Music Technology Diploma Program, this course provides an opportunity for musicians to rehearse and perform together using MIDI and electronic instruments under the guidance of the music faculty. Students will be placed into ensembles of varying sizes and instrumentation, and will rehearse on their own as well as receiving instruction. All ensembles will perform in department recitals and concerts. The Fusion ensemble is available during the Fall and Winter semesters only (Sept-Dec, Jan-Apr).

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

Fall 2021 (September - December)

Director: Robert Caldwell

Location: New Westminster Campus

Times: TBA

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!

Fall 2021 (September - December)

Director: Robert Caldwell

Location: New Westminster Campus

Times: Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:20 pm

Fee: $95.00 + GST

Private Lessons – Fall 2021

Our regular semesters are based on 12 weekly lessons starting in September, January, and April. The Summer semester is based on 8 weekly lessons in July and August.  The college is closed on Statutory Holidays. As we are a college organization, we do not observe a regular 'Spring-Break', although some teachers may work it into their schedule.

Fees must be paid in full upon registration prior to the first lesson. We accept Mastercard, and Visa.  Mid-semester registration fees will be pro-rated based on the remaining weeks in the semester.

Note: Classes cancelled by the instructor will be rescheduled. There is no obligation to reschedule private lessons cancelled by the student, although the instructor may do so at their discretion if adequate notice is given.