About the GVYMA

FOUNDED in 2011

The  GVYMA is a creative, educational, and completely musical experience for young musicians. We provide a well-rounded, artistic environment designed to stimulate natural musicality.

The GVYMA advocates for music education in public and private schools in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. We assist teachers through sponsored clinics, collaborative events, fundraising, and our mandatory enrollment clause.

The GVYMA currently consists of jazz bands and concert bands. The Concert Winds and Premier Jazz Band are designed to help younger musicians with 1-2 years' experience. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Signature Jazz Band are the more advanced ensembles for students who demonstrate a high level of technical proficiency on their instruments.


All 4 ensembles are assisted by instrumental coaches that play along with them, helping their sections learn and grow together. Our coaches are music students in university and music professionals. 


Every young musician who wants to be a part of our educational system has a place with us. There is a home for every student in a place that will best foster their growth. Students complete a placement audition upon registration to allow us to choose the place for them to thrive.

Audition with no worries! You have already been accepted before you walk into the audition room. 


Click here to get your audition date and time. 


The GVYMA is a proud supporter of all music education endeavors, including elementary, middle, secondary, and post-secondary programs. We fully support continuous enrollment in school programs for all GVYMA students.


If you have any questions about the mandatory enrollment clause, please feel free to contact us.


In addition to weekly rehearsals, the GVYMA presents at least 5 performances each year, tours to Whistler and Victoria, and collaborates with public and private schools.

Our season starts in September and ends early June. 

Jazz rehearsals are held at New Westminster Secondary School. 

835 Eighth Street, New Westminster

Wind Ensemble Rehearsals are at St. Thomas More Collegiate

7450 12th Street, Burnaby

Rehearsal Schedule

Signature Jazz Band

Saturdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Premier Jazz Band

Saturdays, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Sundays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Concert Winds

Sundays, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


The fee for the year for one ensemble is $400.00.

If you join a second ensemble, the second tuition fee is $350.00.

Tuition fees do not include tour fees (which range from $225.00-300.00).

If students join mid-season, other rates apply. Please contact us for more information. 

Questions? Contact US

New Westminster, British Columbia



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