Journey middle school strings students will be heading to the Nationals in Richmond.

Matching donations put Sooke students on the podium

Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra making it easier for band trip

For the first time Sooke music students have received three invitations to attend the Nationals at Musicfest Canada in Richmond from May 14-16.

Journey middle and Edward Milne community schools have students in the band and strings program and they won at the Regionals in Port Alberni thus earning an invitation to the Nationals.

All of the music students are busy out in the community fundraising so they can attend. They are selling Purdy’s chocolates in front of Village and Western Foods, as well as Shoppers Drug Mart. There is a metal recycling bin at Saseenos, Krispy Kreme donuts are being sold and bottle drives and bake sales add to the efforts.

“There will be about 45 students going and this is the first time Sooke has ever had three invitations to the Nationals. For us here in Sooke it’s quite an accomplishment,” said Lorna Bjorklund, musical director for the band and strings programs.

The cost  to send the students to the Nationals in Richmond is $350/student.

“Get our Sooke Youth to the Podium” is the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra’s rallying cry.

To help with the fundraising, the  SPO Society is matching any donations made to the band/strings students. For every $50+ a donor gets a complimentary Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra concert ticket and a tax receipt.

Anyone who wishes to donate can send a cheque made payable to Journey Middle School and mail to: Sooke Academy of Music, 3781 Phillips Road, Sooke, B.C. V9Z 1K7.

Just Posted

Victoria teen killed on field trip near Sooke

Second youth also injured in falling tree incident at Camp Barnard

UPDATE: Firefighters bring Sooke wildfire under control

Firefighters have a wildfire that burned an area about 100x150 feet at… Continue reading

Mix of sun and cloud in Thursday’s forecast

Plus a look ahead at the weekend forecast

Oak Bay double murder trial: Blood splatter analyst says no shoe prints found in unit

RCMP analyst testifies to smears, fingermarks, ‘swipe and wipe’ patterns around apartment

Saanich filmmaker wins award at Indigenous awards in Calgary

Barbara Todd Hager took home the 2019 Inspire Arts Award

VIDEO: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to be re-released with new footage

‘Avatar’ holds global box office record at $2.788 billion, while ‘Endgame’ stands at $2.743 billion…

Comox Samaritan covers bear with blanket, gets a big surprise

Conservation officer says person lucky after animal hit by car in record year for bear encounters

Elias Pettersson wins Calder Trophy as NHL’s top rookie

Vancouver forward first Canuck to win award since Pavel Bure in 1992

FVRD chair calls B.C. incineration plan for Philippines waste ‘disturbing’

Metro Vancouver ‘uniquely capable’ of safely disposing of waste coming back to Canada, say officials

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Shovels could be in the ground on Trans Mountain by September, CEO says

Ian Anderson points to weeks likely required for NEB to reinstate 2016 regulatory record

RCMP allows officers to grow beards

Members can now wear beards and goatees, as long as they’re neatly groomed

Sooke’s new library construction a sad tale

Reader says if the public library project was in the private sector, heads would roll

Girl, 10, poisoned by carbon monoxide at B.C. campsite could soon return home

Lucille Beaurain died and daughter Micaela Walton, 10, was rushed to B.C. Children’s Hospital on May 18

Most Read