Gr. 9 Concert Band


Wondering what is happening the first week back as we shift to remote?  Check TEAMS.


You are dared to take part in the RECONNECTION CHALLENGE starting on Dec. 1.  

Download the PDF below to get your self into the groove.

Click here for the downloadable PDF - December Challenge


Record number 90 - theme and variations to Twinkle Twinkle -  as written and add your own 4 bar variation to the end of the piece. Think of it as variation three.  REMEMBER the K.I.S.S. rule when composing your variation.  Due:  Friday Nov. 26th.


Written Reflection #1 is due on Friday Nov. 5th.  As discussed in class.  Click Here if you need a digital copy of the booklet. - Written Reflection Information.   Written reflections must be typed and can be submitted in person or via email to  Reminder that if emailed they must be in the form of a PDF.  

Posted Oct. 14th

Record and upload to your Youtube Chanel - page 8 # 18 from your Essential Elements Book 1.    Due Tuesday October 19th.

Each video submission is out of 50 possible marks and can be re-tested.   Click here to see MARKING RIBRIC for your assignment. 

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

Once you have uploaded your video, click on the share button in Youtube and copy the link.  Then email Mr. Edwards the link at

Posted Oct. 5

Our first playing assignment is coming up. 

Record #1 on page 2 of your method book. DUE: Tuesday October 12.

Here's what you need to know.

Students record themselves playing the sections as indicated on a device of their choosing.  They are to create a YouTube channel and upload their video and send Mr. E. the link.  This channel is to be unlisted so that no one can see it... only those people you share the link with. 

Each video submission is out of 50 possible marks and can be re-tested.   Click here to see MARKING RIBRIC for your assignment. 

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

Once you have uploaded your video, click on the share button in Youtube and copy the link.  Then email Mr. Edwards the link at

It goes without saying, 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.

Not sure how to create a Youtube channel... watch the short video below.

Posted Oct. 1

Went over out counting booklet today and distributed a unit test prep package.  Whatever was not finished is due Tuesday the 5th.

Posted Sept.27th

We discussed some tricks to help with the homework and students have an extension to hand in the homework next class (Wednesday the 29th.


Music has been distributed and all songs have been uploaded to the band listening site.  Work on our new music has begun and part recording uploaded to student YouTube channel will begin shortly and will constitute first few marks in grade book.  

Students have undergone a simple note reading diagnostic test to start the year and guide our learning.

First assignment "MYJob/ YOUR Job is now due - cut off is class time 23rd.

Rhythm reading mini-unit happens on the 23rd and some homework from that lesson will be due on Monday the 27th.

Students will be using a new method book, Essential Elements, this year to supplement their music making.  Parents will see a $10 fee in Cashonline to cover our costs.  

The week one the 27th students will be looking at Jim Palmer's article - Reconciliation Music as a part of Truth and Reconciliation Week.


Posted Jan 28

Read about the changes to the band program starting Semester 2 by clicking this link


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. 10

Today we met in the theatre and went through a small unit on Music Philosophy. Take your time and sit back and watch the linked videos in order to change the way you might think about music and music making.

Music Philosophy Videos:

1.    Music as a Language: Victor Wooten (Part 1)

2.    What does fearless music look like

3.    What does raw determination look like

4.    What does faith look like?

5.    What does it physically do for you?

6.    Music as a Language: Victor Wooten(Part 2)

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 wind instruments to a multi-faceted form of remote learning.  Wind instrumentalists (everybody except for percussion) are no longer required to attend class during the scheduled time (with one exception - see below).  Percussionists 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.

Recordings due Dec. 4th

Sundance:  (Instrumentalists) Beginning to mm4 (Percussion mm.16-19)

Synergy: (Everyone) Beginning to mm4.

Recordings due Dec. 18th

Sundance:  (Instrumentalists) mm. 5 - 9 (Percussion mm. 31-38)

Synergy: (Everyone) mm. 5-9.

Posted Nov. 16 (8:00PM)

These are time codes for your new music, and they help you find your part with the recording.  Please transfer them your music.  They will be of great help when working with the free App - Looper. (iOS - red infinity sign, and Android is a circle). 


mm. 9 - 0:31, 13 - 0:47, 16 - 1:00, 20 - 1:10, 27 - 1:26, 31 - 1:35, 35 - 1:45, 39 - 1:54, 43 - 2:03, 50 - 2:20,

54 - 2:30, 59 - 2:47, 62 - 2:59, 66 - 3:09


mm. 9 - 0:14, 12 - 0:19, 15 - 0:25, 17 - 0:29, 22 - 0:38, 26 - 0:45, 30 - 0:52, 35 - 1:01, 38 - 1:07, 40 - 1:11,

44 - 1:18, 48 - 1:25, 50 - 1:29, 54 - 1:36, 58 - 1:43, 62 - 1:50, 66 - 1:58, 71 - 2:07, 80 - 2:23, 86 - 2:34, 

90 - 2:42, 96 - 2:52, 101 - 3:02, 106 - 3:10, 110 - 3:18, 114 - 3:25, 120 - 3:36, 124 - 3:43, 132 - 3:57

136 - 4:05

Posted Nov. 16

Today we did our unit on Rhythm.

Please print yourself a copy and study the Crash Course in Rhythm Reading

Complete every third example in the Rhythm Exercise Booklet

Homework: Due Wednesday, Nov. 18 (Next Class) - Rhythm Homework

Please feel free to drop by the band room if you have any questions.

Posted Nov. 6th

Reminder to be working on your note naming for the big note naming test on Thursday, Nov 12th.  For help, you can look through the booklet below and also do not forget to use the computer program indicated in your Grade 9 survival guide.

Need to find all that:

Note Naming Booklet - HERE

Note Naming Baseline Test - HERE

Grade 9 Survival Guide  - GRADE 9 SURVIVAL GUIDE

Posted November 5

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

Unit test on not naming and rhythms has been postponed until we finish the unit.

We have begun (Nov. 3) a unit on reading music.  To begin, we took a baseline test on reading.  If you were away, you can download the test HERE and take it yourself and email a PDF of your finished work for marking.  To keep track, write your answers beside each number, and the numbers are below each note.  Please name as many as you can in 10 minutes.  Have someone set a timer for you.  

After the baseline test, we will start working through a booklet on naming notes.  This booklet will start with the most basic info and move to the advanced.  You can get your own copy of the booklet HERE.  

Once we have finished the booklet, we will have another 10-minute note naming test.  We are running a contest for a $20 McDonald's gift card for the winner.  Details in class.

Posted October 30th

The "Plan”: Code Orange

Gr. 9 Concert Band:  All students attend the class as they have been for the past month.  The class will cover the procedure for writing and submitting a properly written reflection for band using the Written Reflection syllabus from the website as a backdrop.  From there, we will enter into a mini-unit on Theory and Harmony.  Specifically - Musical Literacy and Numeracy.  90's test may be modified to fit these parameters, and students will have a unit test at the end of two weeks - most likely Nov 5th.

REMINDER: Written Reflection #1 is due Monday, Nov. 9th.  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 ( 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

Concert Band Audition Requirements

All Concert Band bands:

Chromatic scale 2 octaves (10 Concert Band and Symphonic from memory,  Gr.9 may use a fingering chart)

Chromatic scales must follow the say/ play format.  Detailed instructions can be found -  HERE

A reminder of the chromatic scale is pass/fail. 

In addition, choose one of the following: 

(the appropriate setting for your metronome is indicated beside each number)

Don't have a metronome?  Click HERE or download a free app for your device.

Grade 9 Concert Band:

#3 (60), #11(100) or #15 (55)

Posted September 23rd

 Here's a handy guide to help you navigate the transition from middle school to Band at Westwood.


Posted Sept 10th

Unfortunately, while we work through the A-K/ L-Z portion of the beginning of 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 the 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 are 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:

9 Concert Band:

ALL electronically submitted assignments are to be  SAVED AS A  PDF  and emailed to

  1. Assignment #1 - on the band website read the post: Band - Your Immediate Questions Answered from Sept. 4th and complete the Quiz. DUE: Sept 15th.
  2. Complete the assignment "My Job/ Your Job"  Read the instructions carefully.  DUE: Sept 15th.
  3. To help you get familiar with all of the information on our fantastic band website: complete the "Web Assignment" DUE: Sept 21.
  4. By the 22nd, the expectation for "out-of-class" learning will be that each student picks up their instrument and their red book in preparation for "boot-camp."  You will need to make sure your instrument is playable and ready to go for the class time the week of the 28th. Grade 9 Band students are responsible for everything on pages 7-9 of the Red book (I Recommend). You may want to have a look before we start on the 28th.  

    -    Do the three assignments SAVE THEM AS A  PDF and submit them but he date indicated to 
    -    Make sure to stop by the band room on your "off-day" if you need to sign out a band or jazz                     instrument or to simply pick up your Red Book.
    -    Your first "Full" band class will be on the 29th, period 2.

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