B.I.G. Band

Posted Jan 15

What does back to school on the 18th of January look like for band

1.    Band students come to class as scheduled following the A-K, L-Z Protocol

2.    When you have band on a remote day you will join class via the Zoom link posted on TEAMS.

3.     “In-Class” band students will bring their instruments. Exceptions... contact Mr. E.

4.    "Remote" band students will play along with the class/ recordings as per usual.

5.    Students may choose to participate remotely and leave class early to get back to Westwood, but must inform Mr. Edwards ahead of time of their choice.

6.    As per usual, when band lass falls on a Wednesday or a Thursday everyone attends class at Westwood.

Posted Dec 17

Brass players having a hard time pitching should look at using the TINY PIANO APP - free on iOS and Android devices.  We have all met to discuss and are using THIS FORM to help find the pitches to our melodies.

Posted Dec. 11

The Division has declared Monday, January 4 as Professional Learning Day for staff. Online (Remote) classes resume 

Tuesday, January 5 - which is a Day 5 - so.....  

Sr. Jazz at 7:50.  Gr. 9 Concert Band Period 2 and B.I.G Band at Lunch.

Students will be expected to join daily at the start of class to take part in the virtual class learning.  Classes will be no longer than 30 Minutes in length and Mr. Edwards will stay online to answer any specific questions.  For longer sessions (10 min or so) students are encouraged to take advantage of the extra help time from 3:00 - 3:30 through TEAMS. 

There have been some slight adjustments to class times to simplify the schedule. The new times are as follows. 

Period 1 - 9:00 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. 

Period 2 - 10:00 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. 

Period 3 - 11:00 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. 

Period 4 - 12 Noon to 12:55 p.m. 

Period 5 - 1:00 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. 

Period 6 - 2:00 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. 

Extra Help time 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Posted Dec. 3rd

Recording due Dec 18th.

Record yourself playing along with the recording of Recorda Me off of the band website and upload to your YouTube Channel.

mm 10 - 29 (all repeats as indicated)

Posted Nov. 30th

Hope everyone is having a relaxing start to their week.  To help everyone have the best recordings possible and help with your planning for later on in the week, we will now be having full class whenever your class falls on a Wednesday or on a Thursday.  Please pass on this information to your colleagues and into your group chats so that no one misses out on this fantastic opportunity. This is for both jazz band concert bands.  To sum up, this means that I will see you in the band room for a full class every week now on either Wednesday or Thursday.

Posted Nov. 25th:


In the event of schools moving to Code Red

NO Change or very little.  Keep moving steadily towards our performance, as always.

Classes will shift to meeting on TEAMS during class time and meeting will last approximately 30 min. Attendance will be taken.

We are on the right path and all wind instrument players already have all of their music and instruments at home.  The only consideration would be to accommodate the percussion section and the rhythm section.  Since there is no sharing of instruments, the rhythm section players of the jazz band already are using their own bass guitars, guitars, etc. and already have the equipment they need at home. In anticipation of this change to code RED, I have already ordered extra mallet kits to send home to accompany our own in-house portable inventory.  The same consideration will have to be made for the concert band percussionists.

Posted Nov. 19th

With no change with Code Orange insight, we have moved the horns to a multi-faceted form of remote learning.  The Horns (everybody except for rhythm section) are no longer required to attend class during the scheduled time (with one exception - see below).  The rhythm section will be required to come to class as scheduled, and we will work together on our parts for the upcoming concert.  That being said, all students will come to class whenever class falls on a Wednesday.  During this time, we will meet as a team and go over the minutia of our pieces.  BRING YOUR MUSIC AND A PENCIL TO WEDNESDAY CLASSES.

As you can see from the notes below, students record themselves playing the sections as indicated.  They are to create a YouTube channel and upload their videos and send me the links.  Each video submission is out of 50 possible marks and can be re-tested.  

All videos must include you saying:  your name, grade, class, selection and the sections of the selection you are playing.  

It goes without saying, but just in case we were unclear in class, this is a video project where I must be able to see you playing your instrument.  Videos without picture or videos of your ceiling while you play will receive a mark of zero until re-submitted.

Posted Nov 17

All jazz bands have received and extension and the recordings are now due on the 4th of Decmeber.

Posted Nov 16

Time Stamps: please transfer to your music

Cruise Control:

mm 5 - 0:07, 13 - 0:23, 21 - 0:37, 28 - 0:51, 37 - 1:07, 45 - 1:22, 53 - 1:37, 60 - 1:52, 69 - 2:07

Cerebro Congelado:

mm. 10 - 0:16, 18 - 0:27, 26 - 0:37, 34 - 0:49, 42 - 0:59, 50 - 1:10, 59 - 1:23, 67 - 1:34, 75 - 1:44, 

84 - 1:57, Solo section 89 - 2:03 1x, 2:25 2x, 2:49 3x, 3:09 4x, 97 - 2:36 2x, 3:20 4x,  105 - 3:31,

113 - 3:42, 121 - 3:53, 137 - 4:14, 146 - 4:27, 154 - 4:38, 162 - 4:48, 171 - 5:01, 179 - 5:12

Record Me:

mm. 10 - 0:18, 11 - 0:43 2x, 19 - 0:31 1x, 0:56 2x, 4:25 D.S.,  25 - 0:41, 29 - 1:09 1x, 1:57 2x, 

33 - 1:14 1x, 2:04 2x, 37, 1:20 1x, 2:10 2x, 45 - 1:33 1x, 2:22 2x, 53 - 1:45 1x, 2:34 2x, 60 - 1:56,

62 - 2:47 1x, 2:59 2x, 71 - 3:11, 79 - 3:24 1x, 3:49 2x, 87 - 3:37 1x, 4:01 2x, 92 - 3:44, 95 - 4:09. 

CODA - 4:34.

Posted Nov 10

Recordings due Nov 20

Recorda ME - Beginning to 9

Cerebro Congelado 34 - 58

Cruise Control - Beginning to 13

Posted November 6

All jazz band members are to be in class on Monday - bring your music and a pencil.

Posted November 5

Reminder - Due: Nov. 6th (tomorrow) For a mark out of 100 (50 for each piece) using our usual rubric, students have had two weeks to work on and record themselves playing along to the recording of Cruise Control bar 60 - end and beginning to 34 of Cerebro Congelado.   Upload to YouTube and email a link for each of your recordings to greg.edwards@sjasd.ca 

Written Reflection #1 is due on Monday Nov. 9.  Need a refresher on how to complete one?  Click Here - Written Reflection Workbook

Posted October 30th

The "Plan”: Code Orange

B.I.G. Band - Members of the Rhythm section are to attend classes as they have been where we will be working on developing your role in the ensemble and going through Harmony and Rhythmic Comping.  As well, we will be working on the assignment below. Members of the horn section (saxes, bones and trumpets) are to begin remote learning asynchronously on their music - (do not come to class until we return to "code yellow").   Students are encouraged to stop by the band room for help and assistance on any rhythms or notes that they may be having trouble with.  With the completion of On Broadway for our audition, parts have all been assigned and the expectation is that those members that have switched from 1st to a new part, become familiar with it; however this will not be marked at this time.  For a mark out of 100 (50 for each piece) using our usual rubric, students have two weeks to work on and record themselves playing along to the recording of Cruise Control bar 60 - end and beginning to 34 of Cerebro Congelado. Due: Nov. 6th.  Upload to YouTube and email a link for each of your recordings to greg.edwards@sjasd.ca 

Recordings available on Westwood iTunes.

REMINDER: Written Reflection #1 is due Monday Nov. 9th following the format discussed in concert band. You can find all of the information you need to complete a successful Written Reflection in the drop down menu on the home page.

Posted October 10th:


All auditions will be recorded on your device (or something similar) and must be submitted to Mr. Edwards via email (greg.edwards@sjasd.ca) no later than the 19th of October.  Recordings must be in the form of a video that clearly shows you playing your instrument.  All recording should begin with you stating:

1.    Your Name.

2.    Your grade.

3.    Your class.

4.    The number/ activity/ piece you are performing.

To find out more about the audition process and to see the marking rubric click - HERE

Jazz Band Performance/ Audition Requirements

B.I.G. Band :

Record yourself playing your part for On Broadway complete with counting rests along with the recording of our version of the tune. Video must clearly show you playing your instrument and you must be heard easily above the recording.  

PLEASE NOTE: The following B.I.G. Band members must book a live audition with me before the 19th.

Juliana, Julia and Jeremy

 Posted Sept 10th

Unfortunately, while we work through the A-K/ L-Z portion of the beginning the year, 1/2 of the band students will not be able to attend "in-class" learning until the week starting the 28th of September. Until that time, there will be a need for the "out-of-class" students to complete some assignments. Please see the guide below for your class expectations.

What this means, is that starting the week of the 28th you come to school for band as it is indicated on your time table or on your "off-day."  This may very well mean that you only come to school for band that day; however, there is many other classes following this format, so you might find that you will also be here for things like: Dance, Choir, IB, Math...etc.  

Until then, here is the plan:

All Jazz Bands:

  1. By the 22nd the expectation for "out of class" learning will be that each student who needs to rent a jazz instrument stops by the band room on their "off-day" and signs one out in preparation for classes to begin the week of the 28th.


Reminder for morning classesbe in the band room by 7:10AM and playing by 7:20AM

Schedule for the first week of rehearsals:

28, 30, 2 - L.T.J.O.
29, 1 - Sr. Jazz, B.I.G. Band (lunch)


Trumpets, Altos and some Tenors in your locker

Everything else - band room shelves or Scherzo Room (Bases/ Guitars).


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