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The DHS Band, Symphonic Winds, perform in Spain in the Spring of 2015 under the direction of conductor Javier P�rez Garrido.
The DHS Band, Symphonic Winds, perform in Spain in the Spring of 2015 under the direction of conductor Javier P�rez Garrido.
The Didsbury High School Music Program is dedicated to enabling students to achieve excellence in their musical experience in Jazz Bands, Concert Bands and various ensembles under the direction of Kirk Wassmer.

Music Director Kirk Wassmer ...

DHS Music Director Kirk Wassmer Currently the Director of Bands at the Didsbury High School, Mr. Wassmer instructs courses in Concert Band, Jazz Band and Guitar. He came to Didsbury after teaching at G. P. Vanier Secondary School in Courtenay, BC and Revelstoke Secondary School. He is very proud to say that groups under his direction consistently receive high accolades at provincial, national and international festivals.

Mr. Wassmer received his undergraduate degree at the University of Saskatchewan and attained a Masters degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In addition to sitting on the Board of Directors for the Alberta Band Association, Mr. Wassmer is also a member of Phi Beta Mu (Mu Alpha chapter), Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In the fall of 2019, Mr. Wassmer was honoured to receive the Elkhorn Award by the Alberta Band Association as Band Director of the Year.

Kirk lives in Didsbury with his wife, Colleen, and two daughters. As a family they enjoy camping, cycling, kayaking and hiking.

DHS Odds jazz ensemble perform at the Olds Kiwanis Music Festival 34th Annual Grand Concert.

Evens Jazz Band November 22, 2016

Johnny Summers works with DHS Jazz Ensemble

Upcoming Events:

Fundraiser - First Aid Kits-Operation Band-aid
September 26 to October 9
Each band student has order forms and pamphlets.
Orders will need to be in by the 5th of October. Online orders have to be in by October 9th. Delivery TBD.
More Info

Fundraiser - Centennial Meat Orders
October 3 to 24
Students will have forms by Oct 3. Anticipated delivery date is November 16th TBC.

Fundraiser - Purdy's Chocolates Forms
November 4 to 18
Students will have forms November 4th. Orders need to be returned by the 18th.
More Info
This campaign is open and active now so if you want to shop early you can. All orders are expected the week of Dec 7 -13.

Fall Concert
November 9
7 pm in the DHS Gym

Christmas Concert
December 18
2 pm in the DHS Gym

Symphonic Winds Tour
April 9 to 15
To the Maritimes

Grade 9 Tour
May 15 to 18
To the Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival

Year End Jazz Concert
June 13
7 pm in the DHS Gym

Year End Finale
June 14
7 pm in the DHS Gym

The Didsbury High School Evens Jazz Ensemble at the Heritage Music Festival in Seattle Washington.
Evens Jazz Ensemble - 2017 Heritage Music Festival Seattle
Photo courtesy of Lory Svendsen

The Didsbury High School Odds Jazz Ensemble at the Heritage Music Festival in Seattle Washington.
Odds Jazz Ensemble - 2017 Heritage Music Festival Seattle
Photo courtesy of Lory Svendsen

The Didsbury High School Odds jazz ensemble under the direction of Kirk Wassmer.

The Didsbury High School Odds jazz ensemble member Nathan Rohl perform at the Olds and District Kiwanis Music Festival 34th Annual Grand Concert.