Senior Band schedule for the week of Monday, January 22 and Tuesday, January 23 is posted

Senior Band schedule for the week of Monday, January 22 and Tuesday, January 23 is posted under “Senior Band Schedule” or by clicking on the link:



Candlelight Dinner

Hey band students/parents….tis that time of year again and we are full steam ahead with the planning of the Candlelight Dinner….to be held Saturday, Feb 24th at the New London Complex.  We currently have a few eager parents on the planning committee and all seems to be taking shape rather nicely.  We are lucky enough to have Coreen Pickering and Duncan Smith of S’allets Catering and Broadway 45 to cater our meal for us again this year.  Our meal sounds delicious and consists of the following:  Roasted Garlic Mushroom Soup, Charcuterie board (cured meats, Island cheese, etc), Roasted Pork Loin with a bacon onion jam, roasted potatoes/veg and of course, desserts prepared by the band parents.  We thought we would stay with the simplified dessert making process this year and we have included 2 recommended desserts.  They should be made in a 9×13 pan and should be left UNCUT.  This is very important to ensure consistent pieces at each place setting.  We will need at least 20 desserts….please sign up as early as possible so that we know we will have enough.  We will let you know about dessert drop off closer to the event date.  That being said, we do need everyone to fill in a spot in the volunteer sections (with the exception of the members of the jazz band as they will be practising and performing) as soon as possible to make sure we have enough hands to go around.  Francis and I will be on site the majority of the day to help with thesetupp, the food prep, the service and the clean up so we would appreciate everyone giving a little of their time to make sure this goes off without a hitch!  We also need students to pick their times as soon as possible as well to make sure you get the time slot that is best for you.  This fundraiser is mandatory for all band members….jazz band members should check with Ms. Profit for their schedules for Feb 24th.


Ticket sales are of utmost importance!  Scotiabank Kensington has generously agreed to come on board again as a major sponsor this year and all ticket sales will be completed through that branch at 54 Broadway St. starting Monday, Jan 22nd.  For anyone having any issues with their supporters finding time to get into the bank to purchase their tickets, let me know and I will take care of it for you.  You can simply call my cell @ (902) 315-0509 and I will handle the ticket sale/delivery for you.  Please tell your friends/family, etc that are buying tickets to make sure they tell them at the bank who they are buying the ticket in support of.  For example…..I would go to the bank and ask for 2 tickets to the KISH Candlelight Dinner in support of AJ Cahill.  That way we know who to credit the ticket sale to.  Would also be good if the purchaser has exact change as I don’t believe the bank will be making change as the account will be ‘deposit only’.  Ticket sales will be ending Tuesday, Feb 20th…with no exceptions….as we need to have firm numbers to our caterers.  We will have a max number of 160 in the dining room this year so make sure those tickets get picked up quickly to avoid disappointment!  Take out is still available and unlimited at this point….until the ticket cut off of Feb 20th.


We also wanted to provide you with the following ‘grocery list’ we need for the dinner.  If any of the parents would like to donate any of the items, or know someone who would….please let me know before Jan 22nd as I will be reaching out to our community sponsors for donations after that date.  Any help is appreciated!


20lbs assorted mushrooms

25lb x onion

12L x heavy cream

1 bottle liquid honey

1 L x canola oil

6 L x veggie broth

Large Brick Cheddar Cheese

Large Brick Marble Cheese

1 wheel Gouda

1 x Chris Brothers

15 x assorted Cured packages Hungarian Salami

15 boxes of assorted crackers

5 jars Red Pepper Jelly

6 lbs of butter

6 lbs frozen Brussel sprouts

100 lb baby red potatoes

50 lb carrots

50 lb turnips

20 lb parsnips

10 lbs bacon

2 lbs brown sugar

2 bags of coffee creamer/milk

1 box Red Rose tea bags

Pork Loin


I will be sending a follow up email each week to let everyone know how ticket sales are going.  Please get the word out there….with social media…should be a cinch!


If anyone has any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time!  My cell is (902) 315-0509 and my email is



PS….Francis will be sending out information regarding the Silent Auction that always accompanies the Candlelight Dinner so if anyone has any auction items….that would be great! 

Merry Christmas

It has been an eventful fall with lots of band activities, fundraising events, and concerts.  A reminder of the bagging groceries event at Mike’s Independent on Saturday, December 23.  This is a great opportunity to earn credits for our Festival Band trip to Halifax in April.

As we enter winter and the Christmas season, I want to extend my Christmas wishes and blessings to you all for a safe and happy festive season with lots of family, joy, fun and music.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Senior Band for the week of: Monday, December 18-Saturday, December 23:

Band Notes:
(As stated in the announcements on Friday) 1.  Congratulations to all the music students who performed in the concert Thursday night.  Great job!
2.  Thank yous to our stage crew from the Leadership class:  Keegan Rix, Timmy Yorke, Emily MacDonald, Heather Gravina, and Shianne Adams.  The backstage performance went smoothly with your assistance.
3.  Thank you to Cindy Ramsay and Eamon Graham for helping with supervision and the sound.  You helped to make the evening run smoothly and sound good.
4.  Thank you to Karen Clark for the lovely Christmas decorations on the stage and out front of the stage.  You helped to create a real festive atmosphere.  Your decorations in the hallway overlooking the gym and in the junior high hallway, have added to the festiveness at KISH.
5.  Thank you to my Music 801 class who helped with the transport of equipment to and from the stage.  Your assistance is appreciated.
6.  There is NO early morning concert, jazz band, or senior band class this week.
7.  Saturday, December 23 is bagging groceries at Mike’s Independent.  Here is a message from Sheila Simmons:

Hey again!  Just a friendly reminder of the grocery bagging event at Mike’s Independent on Saturday, December 23rd from 10am-6pm.  Looks like we have a full house for student volunteers….thanks so much!!  We still have a few opportunities for parents so if you are available for even an hour, please sign up!

Some housekeeping notes as well:


 Students are reminded to wear their white band shirts, BLACK DRESS PANTS (No jeans), and comfortable shoes. Please also remember that long hair should be tied back 

Please review the shifts that you have signed up for and please try your best to come 5 minutes early and meet in the break room upstairs.

 Please also remember: No gum chewing, No cell phones and keep hands clean.

 Thanks so much and look forward to a fun and profitable day on Saturday the 23rd.

 PS….I will be sending out an email after the holidays regarding forming the committee for the Candlelight Dinner coming up in February.  Many hands make light work and this event really runs like clockwork with the help of a few key responsibilities.  If anyone is interested in helping plan/prepare for this awesome fundraiser…please pop me off an email @ and we can get the fun going early in the new year.  We only hold 1 face-to-face meeting and the rest is planned by email once everyone has their job role sorted out.  We have a lot of fun with the preparation and it is always awesome to see how it all comes together!

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and New Years!

Christmas Concert – Thursday, December 14

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas. . .” KISH Christmas Concert, featuring the concert and jazz bands, will also include, soloists, ensembles, dancers, storytellers, etc. will take place on Thursday, December 14 at 7 pm.  Come out and hear the wonderful music of Christmas at KISH.  The schedule for the warm up before the concert will be posted on the band blog.  All concert and jazz band members are expected to be there and wearing a full uniform for this event.

Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 14 will follow this schedule for the evening:

Rehearsal for individual performers(singers, instrumentalists, dancers) – 5 pm

Rehearsal for Christmas Concert – 5:30 pm Concert Band

Rehearsal for Christmas Concert – 6 pm Jazz Band

Cafeteria doors open up to the public 6:45 pm

Band members and performers line up in the hallway from the stairs to the cafeteria doors welcoming guests to the concert.

6:55 pm Jazz Band members on stage ready for performance.  This year the jazz band will open the Christmas Concert and the concert band will close the concert.  All performers are asked to stay until the end of the concert for the curtain call.

“Christmas Concert” begins at 7 pm

December Newsletter

Lots are happening in senior band for December click on the link to see.

KISH Band December Newsletter    christmas-thank-you-212

Dear Band Parents; 

December Band Notes    several notes images

  1.  Congratulations to Nicole Boucher for your performance of the “Last Post” at the Cenotaph in Kensington for the Remembrance Day Service.


  1.  Sunday, December 3 at the Train Station in Kensington, the KISH Flute Trio consisting of:  Shannan Hill, Emilie Reilly, and Bethany Spencer, will be performing some Christmas tunes starting at 5:30 pm after the parade.  A thank you goes out to Trevor Moase for inviting the students to participate in this event.


  1.  Congratulations everyone on the amount of Christmas Wreaths, 349, sold this year.  Thank yous goes out to the organizers:  Sandra McKenna and Emma Gallant.  Thank yous also go out to all the student and parent helpers.


  1.  Starting on Monday, December 4 in the music room “Secret Santa.”  The student band executive put a limit of $10 for the Secret Santa gift.  This was a fun event last year, so it is continuing.  This event will last for two weeks, until Friday, December 15.  Students had the option of opting out, but all students joined in on the fun.  


  1.  Plans are well on the way for the KISH Band Festival Trip to Halifax April 25-27, 2018.  To help support payment efforts, the first of three deposits are due on Monday, December 4.  This first deposit is for $100. You have 3 options and the BPA executive need to know as soon as possible which you are going to do.
    1.       Pay 100% of the deposit with cash/cheque
    2.       Pay 100% of the deposit with band credits
    3.       Pay a portion of the deposit with credits and the rest with cash/cheque.

Please email Arlene and let her know which are you going to do. She needs to know before Monday, so she can get receipts made up for those paying cash and to know which students to look for on Monday. You can email Arlene at .   Arlene is looking after band credits this year, so if you are wondering how many your child has, she has the list.


  1.  Wednesday, December 6 is our monthly BPA Executive meeting starting at 5:30 pm.  The BPA meetings are opened this year to any band parent who would like to attend.  The meetings are held in the boardroom in the office or in the music room, depending on the number of people.  


  1.  On Thursday, December 7 starting at 7 pm the KISH Band is having a Christmas Party for all concert and jazz band members at A.J. Cahill’s home.  Come out to the Cahill residence and enjoy the Christmas spirit and fun.  


  1.  “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas. . .” KISH Christmas Concert, featuring the concert and jazz bands, will also include, soloists, ensembles, dancers, storytellers, etc. will take place on Thursday, December 14 at 7 pm.  Come out and hear the wonderful music of Christmas at KISH.  The schedule for the warm up before the concert will be posted on the band blog.  All students are to wear a full uniform for this event.   


  1.  Our next fundraiser will be grocery bagging at Mike’s Independent on Saturday, December 23. More information coming soon.


  1.  Winner of Ms Profit’s Christmas Wreath credits is Reese Carmody.  The winning ticket was picked by Shannan Hill – student band co-president.  Christmas Wreath photo for KISH band 2015

KISH is a great school with a wonderful group of individuals, students/parents who support it.  Here’s to keeping the spirit going!  Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season.  


Musically yours,
A. Profit

KISH Band Director