Music For Youth Programme
9th Annual Music For Youth Concert To Be Held
Sunday March 5th, 2017 at 12:30 PM
Fisgard Freemasons' Hall!
History of the Programme
The benefits of school music programmes have long been recognized as being important to development in youth, both socially and academically. With burgeoning enrollments and limited resources, some students who otherwise have a keen interest in music education may be unable to access that training if an instrument is not available; the opportunity for the student and the music community could be lost forever!!
In 2007, members of Victoria-Columbia Lodge No.1 started a musical instrument refurbishment and donation programme as a joint project with the Greater Victoria School District. Central Middle School was chosen as the first recipient. After donations by both Lodge members and others, each instrument is lovingly and professionally refurbished, proudly engraved with the freemason's square & compasses logo, then presented to the school as a gift to their music department.
The programme has been an overwhelming success. Including those presented at the 2016 Lodge concert, over 26 fully refurbished band instruments have been donated to Central School so far!
Victoria-Columbia No.1 has been proud of its heritage and community support since being founded in 1859 as the first Freemason's Lodge in British Columbia. As a chartered Lodge under the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon, Victoria-Columbia No.1 is part of a network of over 7000 Freemasons in 141 Lodges in 80 communities which fund and support community projects across the jurisdiction.
|The energy and spirit of the room is incredible! Over 40 young musicians proudly displaying their skills to an appreciative audience.|
|By positively influencing the lives of such talented & enthusiastic young musicians, the members of Victoria-Columbia Lodge No.1 are establishing our Lodge in a leadership role for future generations|
The Central School Band Is a Treat to Watch Everyone Is Welcome to Enjoy These Concerts!!
Music For Youth Assists With Siting Open-Air Pianos in Downtown Victoria!
From July 6-13, 2013, the Victoria-Columbia Lodge No.1's Music For Youth Programme assisted Alastair Kierulf, a talented grade-12 Reynolds student, by moving and siting two self-serve pianos in downtown Victoria. Building on Mr. Kierulf's highly successful 2012 "Make Me Sing Project", the two pianos were a welcome addition to the inner harbour area of the city.