Friday, 18 October 2013

Loads going on in Band

Okay... wow have we been busy.   There is so much going on the students and I do not know whether we are coming or going.  Here's the latest and greatest.

NOVEMBER 7TH -

This is the cut-off date for the first report card.  Thus, this is the last day for: sectionals and any re-testing of: auditions, chromatic scales and 90's tests.  As well, Self-Assessment #1 is due no later than the 7th.  All marks can be found on-line and all marking rubrics have been places in the student portfolios.

JAZZ NEWS:

 - See the post before this about the March 3 day tour to the Brandon Jazz Festival.  Payment #1 of $100 is due on the 8th of November.

Jr Jazz - has completed their auditions (marks in portfolios and on-line) and all parts have been assigned and we have played through all of our repertoire for the year and have decided to start with these three pieces:  Phat Kat, Elvin and the Hip Monks and Swing State.  Recordings of these pieces will appear on our listening site shortly.

Intermediate Jazz - has completed their auditions (marks in portfolios and on-line) and all parts have been assigned and we have played through all of our repertoire for the year and have decided to start with these pieces:  Nice n' easy, Le Grande Funk, Whisper Not and Top Dog.  Recordings of these pieces will appear on our listening site shortly.

Sr. Jazz - after their standing ovation at the trustee's fall supper, the band is back into its groove and working on more repertoire.  They have chosen to work on:  Bleep Blop, Pegasus, Get Happy and The Flintstone's Theme.  Recordings of these pieces will appear on our listening site shortly.

Concert Band:

Gr. 9 Concert Band - the last round of auditions will be held on the 22nd of October.  On the 24th we will dedicate one class to understanding and writing quality self-assessments.  9's will begin their first, and hopefully only, 90's test on the 28th.

1011 Concert Band - has completed their auditions (marks in portfolios and on-line) and all parts and section leaders have been assigned.  These luck dogs were able to get through the first round of the 90's test unscathed. Page 7 #3 was picked by Trinity and there was much rejoicing as this was the easiest number in the cup.  The band got through with just over 91%.  WELL DONE BAND!!!!

The band has now moved from the "Boot Camp/ Dry Land" portion of the year into new repertoire.  The ensemble will begin with:  A Childhood Remembered, Pandemonium and Groove Music.  Recordings of these pieces will appear on our listening site shortly.


Symphonic Band - has completed their auditions (marks in portfolios and on-line) and all parts and section leaders have been assigned.  This band was up for a challenge as Joy took #39 out of the cup and the band dug in to do their best and there was much celebration when the band took a 95.12% on the 90's test.

The band has now moved from the "Boot Camp/ Dry Land" portion of the year into new repertoire.  The ensemble will begin with: Variations on a Korean Folksong and The Iliad.  Recordings of these pieces will appear on our listening site shortly.

For those of you who have read this far.... I give you a treat.  I secretly recorded the Symphonic Band's percussion section during their audition.  Not only did they nail it, I am very pleased that they invited Colton to join them from the Double Basses to lay down a steady groove.

Happy Friday Everyone