Welcome back to another (I hope) successful year at Northeast Kings Education Center. For all of our new students - WELCOME!! I'm excited to start my sixth year at NKEC and we have some positive changes that are occurring within the Music Department.
We have many students who are involved in all aspects of student life at NKEC and that continues to be encouraged by me. I'm always willing to work with our many coaches and employers to allow our students a fair opportunity to participate in anything and everything they wish to throughout the school year. My request of the students is to COMMUNICATE with me (well in advance) of other obligations you may have for different activities. Use the calendar on this website to determine when and where practices will be and don't forget to inform your employers or coaches of our concert commitments.
Along the lines of playing at one football game and one basketball tournament last year, I would like to expand those opportunities by starting a NKEC Pep Band. This would be an all-volunteer group that would play at selected games and matches throughout the school year - for as many sports as we can realistically support. We would play several "pop" tunes, some "rah-rah" tunes, and O Canada. Depending on weather, coaches' desires and student interest, we would stay for at least half of the games...trying to up the spirit of the NKEC fans. We will have a meeting for any student who might be interested in this band.
This is also a trip year! All Sr. Concert and Jazz Band members will be eligible to go on our trip to Toronto, ON! We will be leaving on Friday, March 9th and returning on Wednesday, March 14th. There will be a trip meeting for all students and their parents/guardians with more information to be given at that meeting. Please stay tuned for the time and date of the meeting.
Again, I will be using the REMIND app to help our students (and parents who sign up) of upcoming obligations and commitments. Please call the following number and get set up for texts about meetings, concerts, fundraiser deadlines, etc. This has proven extremely successful in the past couple of years, and I anticipate that you will find it helpful as well.
Join by going to your browser on your smartphone and typing in: rmd.at/ (behind the / should be the code for the ensemble you wish to join. Then press "go". The other way to join is to copy and paste the "https" link below. The phone numbers are no longer supported by Remind for Canadian schools or groups.
Junior Concert Band - nkecjcb or https://www.remind.com/join/nkecjcb
Senior Concert Band - nkecsrcb or https://www.remind.com/join/nkecsrcb
Senior Jazz Band - nkecsrjb or https://www.remind.com/join/nkecsrjb
Finally, I have made it one of my school goals and personal goals to set aside one period each cycle to work on this website and communication, so I'm looking to all of you to help keep my feet to the fire and keep this site updated. We are all better served when communication is first and foremost for the benefit of the students. Please let me know if you ever have questions, comments, suggestions or concerns. I'm here for you, your students, and the music!!
Let's have a fantastic year!!