Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Concert Band Audition Schedule

Auditions will take place for each band over a period of five days in Mr. Edwards office one on one.

This "auditon" from the method book is worth 50 marks.  Please open the appropriate document below and see which day you audition on.  Students are to audition in the order a listed (alphabetical) and are expected to be waiting outside Mr. E's office door as soon as the previous audition has been completed.  Each audition has been allocated 4 minutes.

In addition to the number out of I Recommend, students will be asked to play a 2 octave chromatic scale for me from memory.  This scale is to be up in sharps and down in flats.  Students must say each note then play it.  The chromatic scale is worth 50 marks and is pass/fail.... you can either do it or you cannot.  Multiple re-tests are allowed. 

On the days you  are not scheduled you must be in class for attendance and then you are expected to participate in sectionals in preparation for your 90's Test.



Gr. 9 Concert Band:

Although the date for your audition has not been scheduled yet, this is the order you will be auditioned in:


Monday, 23 September 2013

Intermediate Jazz/ Junior Jazz

Intermediate Jazz:

Here is the summary of our discussion this afternoon.

Wednesday the 25th - Sectional
Friday the 27th - Run through
Tuesday the 1st - Run through
Thursday the 3 - Audition

Here is the marking Rubric - Jazz Assessment Rubric

Here is the version of Grande Funk we used in class.



I din't use this one in class - but it is my new favourite...... just listen to the balance and control.... we could totally sound like this...... so laid back.



Junior Jazz:

As mentioned on the previous Post we will begin our auditions on Monday Sept 30th.

Here is your audition Rubric - Assessment Rubric

Check this out:

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Concert Band Audition Information

Symphonic Band 

- Page 12 #43 (take 2nd ending)  Tempo marking:  Quarter  note = 66
- 2 octave chromatic scale, beginning on any note, from memory - up in sharps and down in flats - you must say the note then play it.

Concert Band 10/11 

- Page 10 # 27    Tempo marking:  Quarter  note = 76
- 2 octave chromatic scale, beginning on any note,  from memory - up in sharps and down in flats - you must say the note then play it.

If you do not have one, you might find this on line metronome handy.

On line metronome

Here is the marking Rubric - Rubric

Monday, 16 September 2013

Okay - So Where are We?



Well it certainly has been a whirl-wind start to the year, but now that we have our first full week of classes under our belt, we can begin to feel settled.

On my end, I have updated the web site.  Specifically the dates page,  course outlines and the band basics links on the right hand side.  If you are not already familiar with their contents, please feel free to have a look.  As well, I was able to fix some of the links that were not functioning properly.

Instruments are all handed out now and all students have an I Recommend method book.

On that note, the school is piloting a new on-line payment system for all fees and the like.  I have not set up the band rental section as of yet and will not do so until October.  Please be patient as we work through the bugs of this new system.  I will make an announcement  in October when we are all set up and for those of your who would still like to pay via cheque, we will also be accepting cheques at that time.

Also if you ordered a band DVD last year and did not pick it up, I will be distributing them during class time this week.

Band Class News:

Symphonic Band (11/12) :

We are presently working through pages 7-12 in our method book.  Once everyone has some  "face" back, we will be starting with a one- on-one audition with me in my office during class time.  I will be selecting one of the exercises from pages 7-12 for each student to play for me.  This "auditon" from the method book is worth 50 marks.  In addition, students will be asked to play a 2 octave chromatic scale for me from memory.  This scale is to be up in sharps and down in flats.  Students must say each note then play it.  The chromatic scale is worth 50 marks and is pass/fail.... you can either do it or you cannot.  Multiple re-tests are allowed.  Auditions will begin Monday Oct. 1st.

Concert Band (10/11):


We are presently working through pages 7-10 in our method book.  Once everyone has some  "face" back, we will be starting with a one- on-one audition with me in my office during class time.  I will be selecting one of the exercises from pages 7-10 for each student to play for me.  This "auditon" from the method book is worth 50 marks.  In addition, students will be asked to play a 2 octave chromatic scale for me from memory.  This scale is to be up in sharps and down in flats.  Students must say each note then play it.  The chromatic scale is worth 50 marks and is pass/fail.... you can either do it or you cannot.  Multiple re-tests are allowed.  Auditions will begin Monday Sept. 30th.

Gr. 9 Concert Band:

We have finished an introduction to Restitution and completed a needs assessment.  These assignments are marked and have been returned to their individual portfolios.  

Their next assignment (due on the 17th) is My Job/ Your Job.   This was covered in class.

On the 17th we will finish with band basics and head into the Web Assignment which is designed to get to know the web site and all of the goodies that are located there.  This will be due on the 19th.

On the 19th we will be wrapping up our introduction with the course outline and self-assessment.

Students will begin playing on the 23rd and are expected to have their instruments in working order ready to go for this day.  They are also supposed to have their method book - I Recommend and a pencil for this class.  Method books are free and can be picked up from me before the 23rd.

After that, we will begin working through pages 7-9 in our method book.  Once everyone has some  "face" back, we will be starting with a one- on-one audition with me in my office during class time.  I will be selecting one of the exercises from pages 7-9 for each student to play for me.  This "auditon" from the method book is worth 50 marks.  In addition, students will be asked to play a 2 octave chromatic scale that does not have to be from memory.  This scale is to be up in sharps and down in flats.  Students must say each note then play it.  The chromatic scale is worth 50 marks and is pass/fail.... you can either do it or you cannot.  Multiple re-tests are allowed.

Junior Jazz:

We are working on our first tune - Phat Cat and getting ready for one on one auditions for part placement.  The recording is available on our listening site.  Auditions will begin Monday Sept. 30th.

Intermediate Jazz:

We are working on our first tunes - Nice n' Easy and Le Grande Funk and getting ready for one on one auditions for part placement.  Various recordings can be found on Youtube, as demonstrated in class.  Auditions will begin Monday Oct. 1st.

Sr. Jazz:

We are preparing for our first performance on the 2nd.  Details were posted on the site on Sept 12th.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask and we are still looking for parent volunteers that can help transport equipment.



Thursday, 12 September 2013

Tomorrow

9's please do not worry about your homework (my job/ your job)  for tomorrow.

.... hug your parents instead and tell them you love them.... and that goes double for 10's, 11's and 12's.

Mr.E

Sr. Jazz - Trustee's Dinner



Okay - great rehearsal this morning with some solid sight-reading.


I have decided to go with the tune we did not look at today.  I have put it in your folders and you can look at it over the weekend and be ready to play it on Monday.

Set List:

Chili 101
Sing Sing Sing
Thriller

MP3'S are on the web.

In case you did not get all of the information down in class today, here it is again.

October 2nd.
We are going to need a couple of parents with Vans to haul stands and gear - they will need to be here at 3:30.
Meet in the band room at 3:30 to load gear and make sure we all have rides.
Meet at the Greenwood Inn at 4:00 for set up and sound check.
Greenwood Inn -


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The last time I played here, we drove around back for the load-in.  I will get you more details as I know them.

After the load-in and a brief sound check,  you are permitted to leave and we will meet back at the Greenwood Inn for 6:30 p.m and we will play at 7:30 p.m.

As soon as we are finished playing, we will strike our equipment and load the vans and return to the school.

Parents can come and watch if they wish.  We will also be looking for someone (parent) to take photos for the blog.

If you have any questions or I have missed anything, please do not hesitate to contact me at your earliest convenience.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Intermediate/ Jr. Jazz

Okay.... so it is not a perfect world and I am not finished the list.  I have spoken to a few people and I am pretty close to getting everything finalized.  You will notice that Intermediate is a little heavy on trombones, so I may move some around later.

 It is subject to change, but let's start with this.

Here's what I have so far. ....

Junior Jazz - Days 2,4,6 at 12:05 SHARP (Bring your lunch)

Cvitan, Brady Sax
Toles, Joshua Sax
Trites, Christian Alto Sax
Flanagan, Brooke Alto Sax
Hester, Cameron Tenor
Peters, Davis  Tenor
Fenton, Taylor Bari Sax
Huynh, Derick Trumpet
Labossiere, Ryan Trumpet
Schmidt, Ben Trumpet
Lakie, Jaden  Trombone - Baritone T.C.
Loewen, David Trombone
Ducharme, Austin Bass
Brenden McLeod Bass
Hayward, Brianna Piano
Maslanka, Evan Drums
Khoma, Maksym Vibes
Ghafuri, Karim Guitar

Intermediate Jazz - Days 1,3,5 at 12:05 SHARP (Bring your lunch)

Bijl, Sarah  Alto Sax
Frick, Sahmara Alto Sax
Narynski, Ali Alto Sax
Sigurdson, Georgia  Alto Sax
Jang, Michelle Tenor Sax
Smorang, Kyla  Tenor Sax
Wollf, Halley  Tenor Sax
McKinnon, Piper  Bari Sax
Corbett, Josh  Bari Sax
Chryplywy, Michael  Trumpet
Gillingham, Andrew Trumpet
Koldon, Joshua  Trumpet
Kuzyk, Jessie  Trumpet
Trites, Nathan  Trumpet
Jenken, Hayden Trumpet
Gapp, Stefan Trombone
Lebedeff, Megan Trombone
Nguyen,  Jonah Trombone - Baritone B.C.
O'Dowda, Brendan Trombone
Davis, Ashley  Trombone
Kaminsky, Brittany  Trombone - Baritone B.C.
Nicholson, Roman Trombone
Panico, Martino  Trombone
Mroz, Ocean  Trombone
Zacharias, Hailey  Piano
Gaminek, Erik  Bass
Klyne, Matthew  Guitar
Karam, David Drums
Martin, Evan  Drums

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Welcome Back


Welcome back!

Did ya miss me?  Huh? Huh?

What can I say?  I have to be honest and say that I missed you all dearly and I am truthfully looking forward to the beginning of classes.

Let's see......   Start of the year stuff.


A NOTE TO ALL GR.11'S WHO ARE TAKING BAND OR WHO WANTED TO TAKE BAND.

There seems to be a pretty big conflict with band and a variety of classes.  We are working on a solution, come see me IMMEDIATELY- especially if you registered for band but it is not on your timetable. 


Please take your own personal instruments to the large ensemble room (previously known as the surf club) for the first few weeks until I get all of the rentals settled.

Speaking of rentals, we are piloting a new payment system at Westwood and I will no need a cheque to rent your instrument this year.  Consequently, I will be giving out instruments and talking about payment later.

Jazz Schedule:  There seems to be some confusion about Jazz Band.  Jr. Jazz meets on 2,4,6 at period 4 (lunch) and Intermediate Jazz meets on days 1,3, 5 during period 4 (lunch).

Sr. Jazz will start on the 10th at 7:30 a.m. sharp - plan to be there for 7:15 a.m.