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Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 6, 2019 9:30:00 PM

It's that time of year again. Our two Grade 8 English classes collaborated and created a School Newspaper which was a project part of their media studies unit. Enjoy their stories!

Click here to read the Newspaper.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, Campus Life, Arts At KES

Chicago - The Rehearsals, The Show!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 2, 2019 10:22:10 AM

One month from now, KES thespians, pit musicians, technicians and crew will be presenting the popular musical,   Chicago High School Edition. In the meantime, there are lots of rehearsals and preparations going on, lots! I love the image of the iceburg, The Show/The Rehearsal; it is an absolute visual analogy of mounting any production. Think of it: these students are having to memorize what to say and sing harmonies in tune, know where to be and how to get there and what to do, etc, while others are playing a variety of musical genres at break-neck tempos in every possible key, or hanging fixtures from atop of a fifteen foot ladder and programming scenes in both incandescent and LED atmospheres.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Arts At KES, ARTS

Fountain Performing Arts Centre Microphone System Upgraded

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 24, 2019 10:27:00 PM

I want to take this opportunity to extend our most sincere thanks to   Ms. Eileen (Fountain) Richardson (1964-68)  for her generous contribution to our King’s-Edgehill School Performing Arts Programme; most specifically, the theatre microphone system.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Arts At KES, ARTS

A 'bang-up' Job!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 17, 2019 3:15:00 PM

Jeff Smith, Director of Visual & Performing Arts, is pleased to announce that we've expanded our Music Programme even further with the addition of a Drum Line under the capable tutelage of our mad physicist and paramount musician,   Mr. DJ DeCoste . Drum lines have always been a most popular entity in the United States and recently growing in popularity in Canadian high schools. With the whole-hearted support of our School Administration and Finance Department, he has acquired 5 new Yamaha marching snare drums, 3 new bass drums, 3 new pair of Sabian crash cymbals and 1 new quad tom tom drum, all with carrying racks, stands, sticks and mallets. Added to that are other drums that he had in inventory for quite some time. This new endeavour has been embraced by   Major Keith Hynes,   and this select group is now part of our routine Cadet training, working as a dedicated platoon. To give you a peek at the equipment and the group’s intentions, he has filmed their 1st practice which shows them preparing for an Open House demonstration. With the exception of one or two students, everyone is learning their new musical skill for the first time. At the moment,   Mr. DeCoste   has them focusing on time, integration, synchronicity, and fundamental rudiments, all with a dash of maneuvers. He is confident that as our School year unfolds, this conscientious ensemble will do a 'bang-up' job! Please   click here   to watch the video.
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Topics: Arts At KES, Cadets, ARTS

Music Room, Take 5!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 4, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Learning to play a new piece is challenging enough, but throw into the mix the fact that it has to fit a documentary film, adds another element to the task. Here is an example of this in a short clip that brings IB musicians together after some have been away with our Cadet Corps to Holland for the past week and a bit. On top of that, those students didn't even arrive home until 3:00am and they were all in School first thing later that morning and ready to shoot. This video shows performers and technicians getting direction for a short introduction of a Vulfpeck song, Back Pocket. The Holland trip players had never heard this piece before that day. In the clip, you'll hear "music room, take 5". This illustrates a couple of things: everything takes practice and eventually, things come together satisfactorily. It also exposes the capability of these musicians, focusing and coming together quickly. I am happy that our music students got this opportunity to witness this experience. People seldom consider the planning that goes into the amalgamation of music, staging, timing and purpose. The video also gives an honest glimpse of the fun, comradery and potential of our IB Music Class. This is a work in progress, but I can assure you that the finished project will turn more than a few heads; literally!

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Arts At KES, ARTS

Toe Tapping Tunes

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Sep 27, 2019 3:47:00 PM

Joining our KES community this year are siblings   Ann (Grade 7) and Iain (Grade 10) MacQuarrie, from Mabou, Cape Breton Island. Although this is their first year at King's-Edgehill School, they are familiar with us because their older brothers,   Neil (2011-16) and Colin (2011-16; Head Boy)  preceded their arrival. The MacQuarrie family is steeped in traditional music, and these two have been playing together for years already.   Ann  has a lovely singing voice and is equally gifted on the guitar and the fiddle.   Iain  plays the piano like a seasoned professional. It is refreshing that there are young people interested in keeping Maritime fiddle music alive and prosperous in this age of rap and pop songs. Don't let their young ages fool you into thinking that they are of amateur ability; they're anything but! It is a pleasure to share a taste of their talent with you in this video of them rehearsing a few jigs and reels. I guarantee that   this clip  will put a smile on your face and set your toe to tapping!
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KES Arts Committee under Capable & Experienced Leadership

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Sep 16, 2019 8:13:00 PM

Seniors   Max Cole and Katie Goddard  are this year's Head of our Arts Committee and, boy oh boy, do they have the talent and experience to lead our KES artists through a successful and fun-filled time. Together, they cover all of the bases when it comes to the Arts, leaving no component of visual or performing art out of their auspices. They have assembled their committee of a dozen like-minded musicians, thespians, visual artists, creative designers, and dancers, and you can bet that they will be spearheading fantastic projects and events in the months ahead. Already,   Katie and Max,  along with a cast of others, are underway with rehearsals for our upcoming  Senior Musical, Chicago, High School Edition, which will open November 21st.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Arts At KES, ARTS

KES Alumni - Jim Mullan

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Aug 26, 2019 2:05:00 PM

Like most, my musical journey began when I was a child. The Fisher Price record player I inherited was my first true love. Music was always on in our house and our family gathered around a fire with guitars and a choir of harmonies every weekend throughout my childhood. After starting a band when I was 12, I quickly realized music was something that I loved and that I was actually good at it, unlike many of the sports I grew up playing. I was admittedly reluctant to follow my two older sisters to King'sEdgehill but after watching Ian Janes (1990-95) and his KES band perform at a local battle of the bands, I knew that KES was the perfect place to prepare for a professional career in music.

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Topics: Arts At KES, KES Alumni, ARTS

KES Alumni - John Tetrault

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Aug 22, 2019 2:04:45 PM

I attended King's College School in the late 1960's and was one of Mr. Guy Payne's early track and field champions. I was a bugler in the Cadet Band and spent my dorm time learning Beatle licks. After graduation, I went to Carleton University and earned an honors degree in Philosophy. I studied guitar and worked as a musician throughout university. After moving back to Nova Scotia, I continued to (play) perform in the region. I have released four albums of original musical and two with the award- winning band, Swingology. I started teaching guitar at KES in the mid- 1980's, and grads I have mentored are working throughout the musical world. Music teaches us to be operative and requires discipline and focus. For me, it has been a lifetime of enjoyment. Not everyone will become a professional, but everyone has access to the pleasures of making music. Do I regret taking Philosophy? Not at all. I use it every day. If you can understand how someone thinks, you can understand how they learn. It continues to be an honour to be able to work with my friend and patient colleague, Jeff Smith.

Check out for a sneak peak of John's new CD entitled, LOVE/UNLOVE.

Our students – past and present – make King’s-Edgehill School great. We’d love to stay in touch with you, and ensure you stay in touch with each other. Have a look at all the benefits of staying connected here.

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Topics: Arts At KES, KES Alumni, ARTS

KES Alumni - Ben Kinsman

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Aug 14, 2019 9:54:00 AM

When I look back on a 20 year career as a professional musician, my first thoughts are of gratitude and satisfaction for having been able to do just exactly what it was that I wanted to do. I knew it wasn't going to be easy, but I was so full of a passion for music and a drive to succeed that I buried the self-doubt beneath piles and piles of music and pushed my anxiety to the side while I tried to satisfy my insatiable appetite for success and improvement. Music was fun and making music with friends was even better. I was fortunate to have excellent teachers and I quickly realized that the better I played the horn, the more doors and opportunities opened for me.

Next, I found myself at King's-Edgehill School. A place where the diversity of the student body was only exceeded by the diversity of the programmes available to us. At every turn, there was something new to try and experienced Faculty to show us the way. Soccer, rugby and biathlon took much of my time but not so much that I couldn't contribute to the Cadet Programme, band, jazz combo and musical theatre. At KES, I met some ridiculously talented people in all disciplines... especially in the arts. The musical momentum of high school carried me through a Bachelor of Music degree at Acadia and Masters degree at the New England Conservatory.

By 2001, I was thinking hard about, and preparing for, auditions with professional orchestras. I auditioned for a spot in the Vancouver Symphony. This new job was my chance to begin my life, personally and artistically. I began working and teaching in Vancouver. My symphony position was an in-road to gigs of all types. Orchestra and chamber music, solo engagements, Broadway shows, movie score and video game score recording sessions, and television. My reputation would get me a phone call but the call-backs I earned by doing my best to be not just an exceptional horn player but an exceptional person and colleague as well. I got married, had two kids, and as I matured as a person, I also grew as a musician.

Suddenly, something happened that I wasn't expecting. After 15 years as a symphony musician, teacher and freelancer, thousands of concerts and recordings, travel, trips and tours around the globe, my life and priorities had changed and evolved but my job and obligations were beginning to interfere with being a dad and husband. So, I decided to walk away from my position in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and
began teaching at the University of British Columbia.

As a teacher, one of my personal rules has always been that I will never tell a student what they can't do. A significant issue that arises when we pursue our passions is that we tend to become myopic and lose sight of the big picture. Trying to temper passion with pragmatism seems a bit of a contradiction, but herein lies my advice for anyone who finds themselves on a similar path to the one on which I travelled. Develop your whole self, pursue many interests, and you will never fear change. On the contrary, you'll be able to embrace it. If you can adjust, you can move forward, always. Sempre Avanti.

Many of our alumni are keeping their KES experiences alive! Connect with KES classmates and reignite the School spirit.
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Topics: Arts At KES, KES Alumni

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