Centennial’s Music Department offers a wide variety of ensembles for students in all grades and levels of ability. Whether you’re an instrumentalist or vocalist, we encourage you to join one or more of our extra-curricular groups. Annual events include a Winter and Spring Concert, Grandparents Tea, school and public performances. Other related trips include visiting recording studios, attending concerts and shows, music festivals, and a bi-annual Arts Trip to New York City.
Aside from the main groups, which usually run all year long, there are other groups offered whenever there is enough student interest to do so. Some are created and run by students, while others are teacher led. Some run all year, some for one semester, and some are formed for special performances only. These include: combos, Music Council, Show Band, and Songwriting Club.
This is the type of band that most high schools have, consisting of brass, woodwinds and percussion instruments. This group is open to players of all ages with at least one semester of playing experience. This ensemble explores a variety of concert band repertoire and is involved with various concerts, school and public performances and festivals. The Concert Band is offered each year. Rehearsals are once a week, plus occasional sectional work.
Centennial is among the only schools in Ontario to have this unique band. A rhythm section, horn section, and vocal section perform repertoire of popular music that includes jazz, blues, R&B, rock, pop, and world ethnic. The band is open to students of all ages, based on level of ability (i.e. passing an audition). The Cats Band is offered each year. Rehearsals are once a week, plus occasional sectional work.
Small vocal and/or instrumental combos are made up of more experienced performers. These include guitar ensemble, sax ensemble, jazz combo, as well as ensembles for woodwind, brass or percussion.
Every two years, the Centennial Drama and Music Departments put on a full-scale musical production. Experienced student players are often combined with professional musicians from the community to provide the music for the shows. Each band varies, according to the needs of the show.
While Student Council includes a few Arts Representatives who help plan events that incorporate the various Arts, the individual Arts often have their own student helpers or councils. For music, these students help decide the repertoire and assist in planning and organizing various concerts, trips and fund-raising efforts. All students who participate in any music class and/or performing ensemble are welcome to join.
Students who write lyrics or poetry and students who write music meet and combine their skills to write songs. It is a chance to meet new writing partners, learn songwriting techniques, share creative ideas, perform your songs, and possibly record them too.