Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Audition Numbers


Audition Numbers and Tempi for Concert Band

PLAY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING ALONG WITH YOUR CHROMATIC SCALE :

Gr.9 Concert

Page 8  #11 ♩= 100
Page 9  #19 ♩ = 60
Page 9  #23 ♩= 70

Gr. 10 Concert

Page 8 #15 ♩= 80
Page 9  #23 ♩= 120
Page 10  #31 ♩= 100


Symphonic Band

Page 8 #15 ♩= 100
Page 9 #23 ♩= 130
Page 11 #35 ♩= 60 (take 2nd ending)
Page 12 #43 ♩= 70 (take 2nd ending)

Audition Information and Google Doc's

Jazz Band:

Our Auditions for Intermediate and Junior Jazz will be beginning shortly.  Intermediate Jazz will begin auditions starting on Monday the 25th and Jr. Jazz auctions will begin on Tuesday the 26th.

To aid in the process, please click on the links below for your audition date and order.

(THESE LINKS WILL BE ACTIVE MONDAY SEPT 25TH)


Jr. Jazz

Intermediate Jazz


FOR JAZZ BAND  - REMEMBER:  regardless of the ensemble you end up in, you will be getting and age appropriate credit.  Thus if you are in Intermediate Jazz and you are in Gr.9, you will get a Gr. 9 credit.  Vice versa, if you are in Gr 12 and you are in Jr. Jazz, you will get a Grade 12 credit.


Concert Band:

Auditions are about to begin.  Grade 10 Concert Band and Symphonic will begin on Thursday the 26th and Gr. 9 Concert Band will begin shortly after, however, we have not set a date yet.

To aid in the process, please click on the links below for your audition date and order.

(THESE LINKS WILL BE ACTIVE MONDAY SEPT 25TH)


Symphonic Band

Grade 10 Concert Band


(THE GRADE 9 CONCERT BAND LINK WILL BE LIVE, ONCE WE HAVE AGREED ON A DATE)

Grade 9 Concert Band

Thursday, 14 September 2017

And We're Off

What a fun and exciting start to our year. Everyone is getting going and our first assignments are out and bands are playing.  Here's a bit of info to get you started.

Grade 9's  - have completed assignment #1 - My Job your Job and it was due this past Wednesday and they are now completing their Web assignment for Friday.  Instruments have been distributed with the last making it into their hands by Friday and at the latest Monday.  They will also be receiving a Red Book for their lessons free of charge.  We are still looking for two trumpets to switch over to French Horn and possibly someone to take over the role of oboist.  That should be settled by Monday, as well.  Grade 9 students are responsible for pages 7-9 in the Red Book.  One of these exercises will be chosen shortly for them as an audition piece.  Auditions will take place 1-on-1 in Mr. E's office during class time.  After that wraps up will will head in to the 90's test.  For even more information click on the links above.

Grade 10's - They have been given a web assignment today that is due on Monday. Instruments have been distributed and we played through the Red Book almost in entirely today.  Grade10 students are responsible for pages 7-10 in the Red Book.  One of these exercises will be chosen shortly for them as an audition piece.  Auditions will take place 1-on-1 in Mr. E's office during class time.  After that wraps up will will head in to the 90's test.  For even more information click on the links above.

Symphonic Band - They have been given a web assignment today that is due on Monday. Instruments have been distributed and we played through the Red Book in its entirely today.  Symphonic  students are responsible for pages 7-12 in the Red Book.  One of these exercises will be chosen shortly for them as an audition piece.  Auditions will take place 1-on-1 in Mr. E's office during class time.  After that wraps up will will head in to the 90's test.  For even more information click on the links above.

Sr. Jazz - working hard in preparation for their upcoming gig.

Intermediate and Jr. Jazz - audition music has been distributed and is being rehearsed in class.  Once things are going smoothly, we will star the audition process.  Auditions will take place 1-on-1 in Mr. E's office during class time.  For there, Mr. E will create three wicked ensembles.  An intermediate jazz with one per part and then two dynamic Jr. Jazz Ensembles.  One meeting in the morning and one meeting at lunch. For more information on dates and times, see the post below.

Rentals - instruments are distributed immediately.  We worry about payment in October.


Questions?  Do not hesitate to email or call.

Mr. E

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Jazz at Westwood

I have had a few questions about Jazz for the upcoming 2017-18 school year.

Here is a bit of information to help clarify any questions you may have.


  • Sr. Jazz is auditioned in June and those positions have all been filled.  That class meets on Day 1, 3, 5 at 7:15AM.
  • The program we use to design the timetables does not recognize classes that happen before school, so it uses period 9 instead and makes it look like you have a class in the evening from 7:30-8:30PM.  You do not.
  • All jazz bands at Westwood are sorted by ability through a brief audition process in September.  Age or Grade does not matter.  
  • Until the auditions are done, the program that designs the time table just places students who want to be in Jazz in a class based on grade.  Thus, if you are in Grade 11 or 12 it looks like you are in Period 9 at  7:30-8:30PM.  You are not.
  • As it stands Intermediate Jazz will meet during period 4 (Lunch) on days 1,3,5.
  • Junior Jazz will be split into two separate bands after auditions and one will meet during period 4 (Lunch) on days 2,4,6 and the other will meet at 7:15AM on days (2,4,6)
  • A reminder to all incoming 9's - Jazz Band is a full credit with its own grading system and assignments separate to Concert Band.  
  • For the time being, you are expected to come to class as follows.
    • Sr. Jazz  - Day 1,3,5 at 7:15AM. - starting Thursday Sept. 7th.
    • Jr. Jazz  - period 4 (Lunch) on days 2,4,6 - Starting Friday Sept 8th.(ATTENDANCE ONLY) - THEN EXPECTATIONS/ MUSIC/ INSTRUMENTATION ETC. WILL BE DISCUSSED ON THE 12TH.
    • Intermediate Jazz - Day 1,3,5 - period 4 (Lunch) - starting Thursday Sept. 7th.
PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THIS NEXT BIT:

SO........  If you are in Sr. Jazz - Thursday the 7th - 7:15AM.

Anyone NOT in Sr. Jazz, but you are in Grade 10, 11, or 12 you will be considered Intermediate Jazz and you have class starting on the 7th at period 4 (Lunch) - starting Thursday Sept. 7th.

For the time being Jr. Jazz will only be made up of gr 9's and will meet during period 4 (Lunch) on days 2,4,6 Starting Friday Sept 8th.   (ATTENDANCE ONLY) - THEN EXPECTATIONS/ MUSIC/ INSTRUMENTATION ETC. WILL BE DISCUSSED ON THE 12TH.

Feel free to drop by and say hi if this is as clear as mud.  Mr. E.