May 31st Outdoor Community Concert At SWS

The SWS Concert Bands would like to extend an invitation to all SWS, Janet Johnstone, Somerset and Bridlewood school families to attend our family picnic and outdoor concert, on Thursday, May 31st.  The weather is looking very promising, and we are hoping to see you there.

Students are to go home after school, as there will be no supervision provided.  They can return as early as 5 pm, but need to be back at the school no later than 6:30 pm for warm-up.  

Food trucks are to arrive at 5 pm and stay until 7:00 pm, a Silent Auction with numerous exciting items for purchase will start at 6 pm, the concert will begin at 7 pm, and run until approximately 8:15 pm.  The school washrooms and fountains will be open to the public during the event.

Any changes or updates on this event will be posted on our blog at swsmusicblog.wordpress.comShould the weather be uncooperative, seating will be made available in the school for your dining pleasure, and the concert itself will be held in the gym.

PLEASE NOTE: Students will NOT be supervised by SWS staff at any point during the evening concert.

Admission: free

Schedule of Events:

5 pm to 7:00 pm-family picnic

 7:00 pm to 7:20 pm-Grade 6 band performance

 7:20 pm to 7:45 pm-Grade 7 band performance

 7:45 pm to 8:15 pm-Grade 8/9 band performance

The students are ready and eager to show off their hard work in the band room this year, and we hope that you will reward them by staying for the entire concert.  

Silent Auction: following are some of the items up for auction on the evening of the 31st

o   Acoustic Guitar-courtesy of Long and McQuade

o   Free Group Event for up to 10 players-courtesy of Laser Quest (includes 2 games and use of a party room)

o   Four one-day passes to Calaway Park-courtesy of Calaway Park

o   Family pass for 10 visits to the Trico Centre (for 2 adults and children under the age of 18)-courtesy of Trico Centre

o   Four tickets to the Calgary Hitmen 2018/2019 home opener-courtesy of the Calgary Hitmen

o   Two main floor tickets to Les Miserable at the Jubilee Auditorium-courtesy of the Jubilee Auditorium

If you have a business that you’d like to promote by providing an item for our fundraising auction, please contact the SWS Band Association at  

Payment for silent auction items can be made on the night of the concert with cash or credit card. Proceeds will be put back into the band program, to help purchase music and other critical supplies for the band.

Food Truck Information: following are the food trucks that will be in attendance:

  • Ms Mac N Cheese (serving a variety of mac and cheese, menu can be found at
  •    Waffles and Chix (serving chicken, and sweet and savoury waffles, menu can be found at
  • Wilks Booth (serving burgers and fries, menu found at
  • Dumpling Hero (serving a variety of specialty dumplings and spring rolls, no on-line menu, unfortunately)

All food trucks accept cash, debit, and credit.

Join The Band!  All parents, family members, former SWS students and SWS staff are invited to join the grade 8/9 band in their last two songs of the night, Hey Baby and Jurassic Park.  Just bring your instrument and we will add you to the group!  All interested parties will be invited up to the stage at the end of the grade 8/9 regular set, and be given a bit of time to warm up before playing-there will be no formal practice ahead of time.  Please contact Ms. Bolen at and she will ensure you have a seat and send you the music ahead of time.


SeatingPlease bring your blankets and lawn chairs, as well as water bottles, sunscreen, and bug spray. Permits have been obtained from the City of Calgary to allow attendees to set up their chairs and blankets on the grass near the green path, and on on the soccer fields, in addition to the school grounds.