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

PCHS helps open the doors at Roselawn

Oct 23, 2020
The talents of our Dance, Drama, Music, Art and Culinary students were on display.

They could’ve just opened the doors.

But instead, the volunteers at Roselawn Centre made sure every inch of the Fielden Ave. facility was alive with activity when visitors stepped inside.

The Doors Open Niagara event, held Saturday and Sunday, was a chance to show the community the potential found within the many rooms of the landmark building.

And that was an opportunity organizers, including Friends of Roselawn, Port Colborne High School and the City of Port Colborne, weren’t about to squander.

They ensured every room of the historic site held a new surprise, with live music, art displays, dancers and theatrical performances found around various corners.

More than 100 Port High students performed, volunteered and served up tea and freshly-baked scones to the many visitors who strolled through the doors. Guests were also treated to performances by the Port Colborne Operatic Society.

The partnership for Doors Open allowed the Blue Bears to showcase their skills and connect with the community, said arts and culture department head Amy Converset, who helped to organize the event.

Introducing the younger generation to the 150-year-old facility is key to its survival, said Friends of Roselawn member Nancy Misener, who was thrilled with the partnership with the local high school.

She was also excited by the steady flow of visitors from all ages and all walks of life who wandered through the building this weekend.

It showed, she said, the significant progress that has been made in the year since the facility was facing potential closure.

City community services manager Harry Hakim said activity at the centre is up 70% over last year. Bookings are already being made well into 2014, a trend Hakim hopes to see continue.

Roselawn Centre, along with the Fort Erie LaFrance Association Museum, were the only south Niagara facilities to participate in this year’s Doors Open Niagara tour.

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