Rouge Road Renegades



Record four separate solos to all four of our jazz tunes using the backing tracks below and your melody package as a guide. Upload all recordings to your Youtube channel and email the links to Mr. Edwards. by the due dates listed below.

Each solo is to be recorded with the backing track clearly audible.  

Each solo is a separate mark (determined by the rubric below).

The first 5 minutes of class will be given to work on the project.  Students are encouraged to bring headphones to class to help play along with the solo tracks below.  If you are getting stuck, try singing or whistling along to the track and using that as a guide for your solo.  Record these little ideas into your phone, might also help..... when in doubt, see Mr. Edwards for help.

Due to the nature of this assignment, and the very public part of our concert in April, no late assignments will be accepted after the 17th and the class agreed that a score of "0" will be placed permanently in the grade book for any student who fails to submit the assignment within the due dates.  The class decided that the soloists would like to know which piece they are playing on well before the concert dates to prepare.... which makes total sense.

Due Date:  MARCH 14th..... (the absolute latest you can submit is the 17th if you need a little extension)

Assignment Rubric (As designed by the class)

The Rouge Road Renegades Groove Scale:

Grooviness - 10

Creativity/ Originality - 10

Invested/ Passionate/ Effort - 10

Right Key/ Notes - 10

Timing/ Tempo/ Rhythm - 10

Total - 50 Marks per recording.

BONUS:  If your recording gets Mr. E dancing or makes Mr. E smile a maximum 2 mark bonus per track will be awarded.  If the student has "aced" this assignment, any bonus marks may be added to other jazz assignments as determined by Mr. E and the student.


Solo project tracks:

Como Te Va

A Little Sugar for the Band

Once Upon a Blues

Move 'n Groove

Just For Brady

Nasty Magnus


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


In preparation for your solo recording project in Feb, here are the melodies for all of your jazz music.






As a complete song, record (in order) #53 to 57 and then jump back to #52 with improvised solo sections in #52.  No repeat on #52.  Perform with a metronome at quarter note = 120.  should take about 2:00.  Due Monday  November 29th.


Written Reflection #1 is due on Friday Nov. 5th.  Need a refresher on how to complete one?  Click Here - 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 October 13th

JADA - # 19 from your book is due on Monday the 18th. 1st and 2nd play the top line and 3rd and 4th play the bottom line.  Record yourself playing the entire tune and upload it to your YouTube Channel, once that is done, send the link to Mr. E -


New method books were handed out.  Look for a  $10 charge on cash online to help cover the costs.  

First mark in the grade book will be students recording #10 from our new book and uploading it to their YouTube channel.  Once that is done, send the link to Mr. E -


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


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 Mofongo De Mama off of the band website and upload to your YouTube Channel.

mm41 - 50 (all repeats and all 4x at 41-56 as indicated in your part).

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 addition to the post below, in the case of code RED we will be meeting on TEAMS  during class time at precisely 7:50AM


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 December.

Posted Nov. 16th

Time codes - please transfer to your parts

It's Oh So Nice: 


mm. 5 - 0:10, bar before A - 0:16, 9 before B - 0:32, 5 before B - 0:40, bar before B - 0:49, 5 before C - 1:05, C - 1:15, 6 before D - 1:23, bar before D - 1:33, 10th bar of D (piano solo) - 1:53, 2 before E - 2:04, E - 2:08, 10 before F - 2:20, 2 before F - 2:35,  F - 2:42, 6th bar of F - 2:49, G - 3:12, 4 before H - 3:28,   H - 3:36, 5th bar of H - 3:44

Mofongo De Mama

mm. 7 - 0:12, 0:22 2x, D.S. - 2:37, 17 - 0:34, 0:43 2x, D.S. 2:58, 26 - 0:55, 30 - 1:04, 34 - 1:18, 41 - 1:41, 46 - 152, 2:03 3x, 50 - 2:15, 58 - 2:26.

From A to Z

mm 5 - 0:07,  9 - 0:13, 17 - 0:26, 25 - 0:38, 29 - 0:44, 33 - 0:51, 41 - 1:03, 49 - 1:17, 57 - 1:30, 1:42 2x, 

65 - 1:54, 74 - 2:10 1x, 3:05 2x, 4:02 3x, 90 - 2:35 1x, 3:31 2x, 4:28 3x, 106 - 3:01 1x, 3:57 2x, 109 - 4:35

112 - 4:58, 128 - 5:23, 132 - 5:29, 140 - 5:43, 148 - 5:55, 156 - 6:08, 163 - 6:20

Posted November 10

Recordings due Nov 20th:

Its Oh So Nice - C to D

Mofongo De Mama -  DS to END

A to Z - 90 to 112

Posted November 6

All jazz band members are to be in class on Tuesday - 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 AtoZ from measures 112 to the END, and It's Oh So Nice - beginning to 2 bars before C. Upload to YouTube and email a link for each of your recordings to 

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

L.T.J.O. - 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 Africa 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 AtoZ from measures 112 to the END, and It's Oh So Nice - beginning to 2 bars before C. Due: Nov. 6th.  Upload to YouTube and email links to

Recordings available on Westwood iTunes.

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

Jazz Band Performance/ Audition Requirements

L.T.J.O. :

Record yourself playing your part for Africa 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.  

 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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