Band Program

From young children holding wind instruments for the first time to avid adult aficionados, VAM’s Band Program is an inclusive and supportive home to woodwind, brass, and percussion players of all backgrounds. Discover a wide array of genres including classical, pop and jazz under the instruction of industry experts.

Band Program

Big Shiny Band

Instructor: Ellen Marple
Recommended for: Ages 10-14
Class Time: Mondays, 4:00-5:30pm (10 weeks per semester)
Annual Fee:
  • $270
Class Description: Big Shiny Band offers an introduction to woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments in a vibrant and exploratory environment. Students will learn the foundations of technique, tone, and collaborative performance while exploring a wide range of repertoire.

Vanier Park Horns

Instructor: Ellen Marple
Recommended for: Ages 16+
Class Time: Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm (10 weeks per semester)
Annual Fee:
  • $460
Class Description: Strut your stuff in VAM's adult jazz band playing classic charts by Count Basie and Duke Ellington while learning the foundations of improvisation, tonal blend, and sight reading.

Dal Richards School of Swing Jazz Orchestra

Instructor: Ellen Marple
Recommended for: Ages 12+
Class Time: Sundays, 2:00-5:00pm
Annual Fee:
  • $800
Class Description: Named in honour of Vancouver’s very own ‘King of Swing’ and VAM supporter, Mr. Dal Richards, School of Swing students perform classic repertoire from the Count Basie and Duke Ellington libraries while learning the fundamentals of improvisation and the Swinging style led by some of the industry’s most respected names.

Saxophone Ensemble

Instructor: Tina Wang; Michael Morimoto
Recommended for: Beginner to intermediate saxophone players
Class Time: Saturdays, 5:30-7:00pm (10 weeks per semester)
Annual Fee:
  • $500
Class Description: Equally apt in many styles spanning from classical to jazz and more, the members of the saxophone family offer a unique opportunity to broaden musical horizons in an ensemble setting.