As Music Directors, we would like to welcome you to the Highland Secondary School Music Department. Regardless of your musical background, we can offer you an opportunity to make new friends, and play great music. Our department has an established tradition of musical excellence, due to the support of our staff and administration, and more importantly to the involvement and dedication of our students and their families. We are proud of what these students have accomplished, and look forward to continual success in the years ahead.
At Highland, we offer a wide variety of courses and co-curricular groups. We have 3 full concert bands rehearsing at the beginning, intermediate and senior level. For those who are interested in jazz music, we currently have three jazz ensembles: a beginner/intermediate stage band, a senior jazz band, and a spirit band. Every year the music department puts on a winter and a spring concert to highlight student accomplishments to family and friends. In February, all bands participate in “MusicFest Canada” – an opportunity to be adjudicated by and to participate in clinics with world-renowned educators and musicians.
Over the past several years, Highland ensembles have traveled to Ottawa, Montreal, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Florida, Memphis, New Orleans, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. This year will see a return to New Orleans in late April for the Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Highland Music: It's a very busy place full of strong and dedicated students who are a credit to both their school and community! To each and every one of these students (and of course their very proud parents!), congratulations for all your hard work and commitment to help make this one of the strongest music programs we could ever hope for!
Todd Smith, Bruce Lawson
Highland Music Staff