Welcome Grade 8 Students and Parents

“The music program at Markham District High School has had a very long and proud history. Our tradition of excellence in performance is the result of the dedication of our students and their commitment to achieving the highest possible standards. Each school year is a chance to renew our commitment and strive to equal or surpass what we have accomplished in the past. Let me take this opportunity to welcome you to the M.D.H.S. Music Department website and encourage you to take a look around for more information about the many musical opportunities we present here.”

– Mark Caswell

Music Department Head


Grade 9 Music Retreat

Welcome to MDHS Music

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New Friends

Music is a great way to create new and unique friendships whilst also building on existing ones, although many musicians in Markham Music will admit that the music program has introduced them to their closest friends, whom they would not have met otherwise. You’ll also find that spending concerts, festivals and weekly morning band rehearsals with your friends will make your high school experience a little less stressful!



MDHS Music offers many opportunities for different individuals with different desires and needs. These opportunities range from ones to gain more community hours to ones for individuals whom may be seeking new leadership opportunities such being a part of Music Council, so don’t hesitate to come on by the Department with any questions for the friendly staff or Music Councillors! 


It’s important to have a support system throughout all stages of life, especially during high school! Here at Markham Music, we support, celebrate and help each other. Not only will your friends be your support, in and outside of the department, but you can talk to any of the teaching staff or Music Councillors at anytime, about anything (yes, even your deepest, darkest secrets)!  

Trips and Performances

Being in MDHS Music allows you to participate in unforgettable experiences such as trips and performances which may include playing at the Ontario Band Festival, Markham Theatre, York University, Markham Fair and many other venues! You’ll also get the opportunity to experience trips with the music department such as our annual Grade 9 retreat at Jackson’s Point,  Washington and even Europe! So pack your bags and great ready for a unique, fun (and silly) time!