Band Levels

2021 marks the ninety-first year of our WVYB BAND PROGRAM

The WVYB has four different levels of Band.  Musicians are placed in band levels based on musicianship and maturity. This is at the discretion of the band director. No experience is necessary for the beginner band.

Beginner Band


For students with little or no previous training on an instrument, the Beginner Band's members are usually in grades 5 through 7, aged 10 - 12. Please be aware that priority will be given to students in grades 6 and 7.  At the first beginner full band rehearsal, students are presented with various instruments from which to choose one suitable for them.

Junior Band


For Beginner Band graduates and students with a minimum of one year of musical experience.  Generally grades 6 through 8, age 11 to 13.  Placement in-band levels are at the discretion of the band director and are based on musicianship and maturity.

Concert Band


For students with a minimum of two years on an instrument, grades 7 - 9, age 12-14. There are currently a limited number of positions available at this level, depending on the instrument. Placement is based on musicianship and maturity and is at the discretion of the music director. 

Concert Band often plays at Theatres and performs on a school tour of elementary schools in West Vancouver each year.

Symphonic Band


For the most experienced students, grades 9 - college, age 14 to 19. There are currently a limited number of positions available at this level, depending on the instrument. Placement is based on musicianship and maturity and is at the discretion of the band director.

Symphonic Band plays a variety of music and often plays original compositions. Working with composers such as Robert Buckley and Ralph Ford provides the musicians with great insight into how a piece of music is created.

The band plays two or three major concerts each year in addition to West Vancouver Remembrance Day, The Bridge Festival, Canada Day, Dundarave Christmas Tree Lighting and just about any civic event where music is required.

Symphonic Band often tours during the summer. These tours are optional and are on a user-pay basis.

For more information contact:

Douglas Macaulay
Principal Conductor & Program Director 
email: dmacaulay@wvyb.ca
604-970-0112