Welcome to the BWMSB Home Page!

Contact Mr. Cramer/Ms. Friesen:



729-3251 (Band room)

(Photo courtesy of the Brandon Sun)
Website last updated: Friday,February 21st                  


Congratulations to all performers at our Winter Concert!

Links to recordings:

Grade 7 AM (WP/JR/RH/ME) click here

Grade 7 PM (GA/KG/NE) click here

Grade 8 click here

Sobeys/Safeway Cards Fundraising

5% goes towards you individual band account!

Contact Stacey Hainstock at:

mrs_hainstock@hotmail.com (iMessage) or 204-726-1677


3 things parents must tell their children when they begin a musical instrument

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 click here to pre-order Anthony Mazzocchi’s new book!!


Short TED talk ed video: “How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain

“Could Music Education Be The To Ending The Achievement Gap”

click here to read article

New study links music training to enhanced brain function:

click here to read 

Welcome to the BWMSB website; a source for information regarding the Brandon West band program.  Forms and Letters are now available in PDF format as well as a course outline and important links.  A calendar of events for this year (which should have also been sent home) is also available by clicking above.

I’m looking forward to another great year full of music!  If you have any questions please contact me at cramer.graydon@bsd.ca or by phone at 729-3250.


Graydon Cramer
Music Educator
Brandon westside bands




It is the philosophy of the Brandon West Middle Schools Band Program that music education is an essential and irreplaceable part of every student’s education.  The band program provides its students with educational opportunities that are unique from any other subject. It aims to send well rounded and prepared students on to high school equipped with valuable skills, habits, knowledge, and confidence.  We aim to create a healthy and nurturing musical community, conducive to musical learning that meets high educational standards in line with those of the Brandon School Division.


On a regular basis, students will demonstrate a variety of important musical skills in the classroom such as aural identification and analysis, musical interpretation and decision making, playing with proper technique and characteristic sound, cooperation with others in the ensemble, participation in discussions, self-assessment, and completion of musical projects to name a few.  Students will also begin to develop important life skills such as leadership, teamwork, effective communication, open mindedness, and creativity through their musical studies.  They will also explore music as an important part of our culture and heritage. 


What is the Brandon West Band Program?


The Brandon West Middle Schools Band Program is currently under the direction of Graydon Cramer and Michelle Thompson and it is offered to any interested students in grades seven and eight. It is one of four programs (Vincent Massey, Crocus Plains/Neelin, East Side Bands, and Brandon West Bands) offered under the umbrella of B.S.I.M.A. (Brandon Schools Instrumental Music Association).  Band classes are taught at Waverly Park and students are transported by bus three times a cycle for their instruction.


In addition to band classes, there are opportunities for students to perform throughout the year in extra curricular activities.   This includes Jazz bands, wind ensemble, honour bands, band trips, festivals, and other performance opportunities.  


Meet The Directors

Mr. Graydon Cramer is a graduate of Brandon University’s music education program and is thrilled at the chance to oversee a band program in his hometown of Brandon where he has been very involved in the local music scene.  This will be his Ninth year directing the Brandon West band program.  During the last number of years he has also directed Jazz bands and a Wind Ensemble as extra-curricular groups for students in the program.  Outside of school he is also a member of Brandon’s community band, sits on the board of the Manitoba Band Association, the Association of Music Administrators of Manitoba, and the Westman Band Director’s Association.  Graydon also maintains a busy musical performance career as a drummer and percussionist, teaches private drum-set students, and has served as a clinician for many musical camps, workshops, and festivals over the last ten years.


Ms. Brooklyn Friesen