905-835-1186 211 Elgin St, Port Colborne, ON L3K 3K4


Meets Every Wednesday from 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Room 16

The Blue Bear Jazz Band was founded in the spring of 2006 and is currently the longest running ensemble at PCHS. This ensemble consists of:
• a winds section (made up of alto, tenor saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet, and flutes)
• a trombone section
• a trumpet section
• and a rhythm section (piano, bass, drums, percussion, vibraphone, and guitar)

To be a member of this ensemble, you must have successfully completed one semester of grade 9 instrumental music or have equivalent proficiency on your instrument. Instruction on piano and guitar is not available at PCHS and therefore, students interested in playing these instruments as part of the band would need to have taken lessons on these instruments and/or be proficient at reading standard musical notation.

The Blue Bear Jazz Band specializes in music from the 1920's to the present focussing on jazz, blues, funk, Latin, and rock. They meet to rehearse every Wednesday from 2:30pm until 4:00pm in room 16, and are expected to practice daily on their own as well. Instruments are provided free-of-charge to all PCHS music students enrolled in an ensemble or a music class for the duration of their involvement in those groups. There is no cost to students to be a part of this or any other ensemble except the purchase of a "Blue Bear Music" uniform golf shirt that is mandatory for all performances. All of these ensembles as well as the music class ensembles participate regularly in various performance opportunities throughout the year. Check back with this website regularly for dates and locations and be sure to take in a performance or two in support of our students and their hard work at PCHS.

Upcoming Events

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Max Baswick
Anita Bussi
Kaitlyn Chambers
Riley Cornish
Anandi Dajka
Connor Dobrin
Mackenzie Furry
Jordyn Goins
Emily Johnson
Evan Pen
Ahlia Sanci
Callen Tuck
Caitlynn van Kralingen
Ben Walker

"Bluetones" in the News

A New York Kind of Selfie!

Oct 23, 2020
Art students return home after 4 days in the Big Apple


Thirty-six students from the PCHS Arts Department had the amazing opportunity to visit New York City for 4 days. During their action-packed tour they were entertained by top quality artists at the Birdland Jazz Club, The Majestica Theatre (Phantom Of The Opera), the Metroplitan Museum of Art, and Ellen's Stardust Diner. They toured Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Gardens, The Rockefeller Centre, and Central Park. They also visited Fifth Avenue, Staten Island, Ground Zero, Wall Street, and Times Square. It was a fantastic trip and the students were repeatedly praised for their polite manner and mature behaviour.