Music For Youth Programme

10th Annual Music For Youth Concert Sunday April 7th, 2019.
Concert starts at 1:00 PM - Please be seated by 12:45 AM
Fisgard St Freemasons' Hall - Everyone Welcome!

Admission is always free, however, donations to the programme are greatly appreciated.

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.

From 2007 to 2018 the programme supplied approximately 45 instruments to Central Middle School, with an estimated value of $35,000! Central's music department has now become so successful that they recently attracted a $10,000 grant from the Provincial Government. On recommendation of Marianne Ing, Central's Music Director, Shoreline Community Middle School has been selected as the next school to support, and Victoria-Columbia No.1 is now focussed on helping further build Shoreline's impressive music department!

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 140 Lodges in 79 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.

Annual Concert


The concert was enjoyed by both the young and all!

Central Middle School's Jazz and Concert Bands entertained an audience of over 60 during the annual Concert at the Fisgard St. Freemasons' Hall. The March 4th, 2018 performance marked by nine-years of staging impressive shows at our downtown Victoria venue. The 2019 concert will feature our new school recipient, Shoreline Community Middle School!


The Sweet Sounds of a Saxophone!

Donating to the Programme:

Charitable tax receipts issued by the Greater Victoria School District are now available for donations of either instruments or cash to the Music for Youth Programme. Full-receipts will be issued for cash, or the actual purchase price for new donated instruments (purchase invoice required). Receipts for used instruments will be on fair-market independent appraised value.

To request further information about the Victoria-Columbia Lodge No.1's Music For Youth Programme, or to arrange for an instrument or cash donation, please contact the coordinator by clicking the link below:


Central Middle School has had the incredible leadership of Marianne Ing (above). The skill of the musicians is a reflection of her own talents and dedication

Why Music Education?

Data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 showed that music participants received more academic honours and awards than non-music students, and that the percentage of music participants receiving A’s, A’s/B’s, and B’s was higher than the percentage of non-participants receiving those grades.

NELS:88 First Follow-Up, 1990, National Centre for Education Statistics, Washington, DC.

And a quote from a fellow Freemason:

"The Arts and Sciences, essential to the prosperity of the State and to the ornament of human life, have a primary claim to the encouragement of every lover of his country and mankind."

-George Washington, 1st President of the United States of America, (1789 – 1797) and Freemason since 1752