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After only two intensive rehearsals, the talented group of musicians is ready to hit the stage.

Each year, students from across Pembina Trails come together to make music as part of the Middle Years Honour Band. The group of 75 students from 12 schools spend two days practicing and then have the opportunity to perform together for family and friends.

École Van Walleghem student, Travis Hyra, plays the Tuba and has a real passion for music since he began playing the piano at age five. He jumped at the chance to come together with other school musicians.

“It is fun. You learn a lot in two days and you get to learn new music. You get to see how other students play their instruments and you can learn so much from a new conductor,” said Hyra.

The 13 year old, along with his peers were lead by guest conductor Wendy Zander McCallum. McCallum is the Instrumental Music Education Specialist and director of the Symphonic Band at Brandon University. She has worked as a solo and ensemble adjudicator and clinician for concert and jazz ensembles across North America.

“Students in the Pembina Trails Honour Band 2019 demonstrated preparation, determination, and focus, and the process was outstanding,” said McCallum. 

“Directors rehearsed students thoroughly before their arrival, so our two days together were filled with opportunities to improvise, move, and tell musical stories through diverse high-quality compositions.  What a joy to interact with musicians and music educators who are so committed to excellence!”

The Middle Years Honour Band workshop and public performance is an annual event in Pembina Trails. Special thanks to Wendy Zander McCallum for making this year’s event a success.

Middle years honour band


After only two intensive rehearsals, the talented group of musicians is ready to hit the stage.

Each year, students from across Pembina Trails come together to make music as part of the Middle Years Honour Band. The group of 75 students from 12 schools spend two days practicing and then have the opportunity to perform together for family and friends.

École Van Walleghem student, Travis Hyra, plays the Tuba and has a real passion for music since he began playing the piano at age five. He jumped at the chance to come together with other school musicians.

“It is fun. You learn a lot in two days and you get to learn new music. You get to see how other students play their instruments and you can learn so much from a new conductor,” said Hyra.

The 13 year old, along with his peers were lead by guest conductor Wendy Zander McCallum. McCallum is the Instrumental Music Education Specialist and director of the Symphonic Band at Brandon University. She has worked as a solo and ensemble adjudicator and clinician for concert and jazz ensembles across North America.

“Students in the Pembina Trails Honour Band 2019 demonstrated preparation, determination, and focus, and the process was outstanding,” said McCallum. 

“Directors rehearsed students thoroughly before their arrival, so our two days together were filled with opportunities to improvise, move, and tell musical stories through diverse high-quality compositions.  What a joy to interact with musicians and music educators who are so committed to excellence!”

The Middle Years Honour Band workshop and public performance is an annual event in Pembina Trails. Special thanks to Wendy Zander McCallum for making this year’s event a success.

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