Symphonic 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 the beginning to mm 48 in Mt. Everest with a metronome set at quarter note equals 63 so that at mm.9 you can go twice as fast to 126 by doing 2 quarters to the beat.  Due Wednesday December 1.


Recording of mm. 122 to the end due Nov. 1st.

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.  


HOMEWORK: Record yourself playing the pick-up to 25 (if you have it) to the end of Country Wildflowers and upload it to your Youtube channel.  When you have done so, email me the link at Due Monday Oct 18th.


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.

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 Feb. 3

Instrument Cleaning Advice from the Pros

Posted Jan 28

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


Today in class we started our mini-unit on Rhythm.

If you were unable to attend, please print yourself a copy and study the Crash Course in Rhythm Reading

Complete every third example in the Rhythm Exercise Booklet

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

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 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. 25

Updated link to Alleluia and Southwest Saga to match the time codes.


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. 24th

Updated the movie document requirements to add a brief introduction of one or two sentences and a brief conclusion of one or two sentences and also fixed the RUBRIC link.

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.

Posted November 17

Recordings Due: December 18th

Alleluia: 77 - 93

River of Life: 68-106

 Time stamps below are to help you find your way matching your part to the recording.  Really helpful 

when working with LOOPER (download this FREE app - red infinity sign on iOs and circle on Android)

River of Life

mm. 8 - 0:24, 14 - 0:44, 18 - 0:58, 21 - 1:02, 29 -1:14, 38 - 1:28, 44 - 1:38, 48 (D.S.)  - 1:45 1x, 4:04 2x, 

56 - 1:57 1x, 4:16 2x, 60 - 2:04 1x, 4:32 2x, 64 (to CODA) 2:10, 68 - 2:17, 73 - 2:26, 81 - 2:39, 89 - 2:51, 98 - 3:05, 106 - 3:18, 114 - 3:31, 122 - 3:45, 130 - 3:58, CODA - 4:30, 138 - 4:36


mm. 7 - 0:18, 11 - 0:33, 15 - 0:46, 23 - 1:13, 27 - 1:27, 33 - 1:47, 37 - 1:59, 41 - 2:14, 45 - 2:28, 50 - 2:45,

59 - 3:16, 66 - 3:42, 73 - 4:04, 77 - 4:18, 87 - 4:51, 93 - 5:12, 97 - 5:27, 101 - 5:41, 106 - 6:00, 114 - 6:24,

119 - 6:42

Posted November 16

Symphonic Band Movie Assignment.

Upon finishing the two movies shown in class, students will write a small three paragraph typed essay addressing:

1) How does the band create a sense of community?

2) How does competition affect this community?

3) Music Philosophy…. Do you use your greatness to pull other people up? Are you a            fearless learner?  Do you model resilience?

Minimum Three paragraphs… maximum Five.

Basic plan…….

Please add a brief introduction of one or two sentences and a brief conclusion of one or two sentences.

Paragraph one will focus on Movie #1 - Brassed Off

Paragraph #2 will focus on Movie #2 - Drum Line

Paragraph #3 focuses on your own feelings about some of the concepts from our Music Philosophy class. 

Due date to be set after the completion of both films in class.  80 marks.


Due Date:  Nov. 27


Top left hand side of the page, place the following:




Due Date:

Date Submitted:

Come up with a title [centred on page and located after the above information]

Your typed three paragraphs…. And yes, as per the rubric, spelling, punctuation and grammar are important.

Questions?  See Mr. E.

Posted November 9

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 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

Posted October 30th

The "Plan”: Code Orange

Symphonic Band:  All students attend class as they have been for the past month.  Come to class with an open mind and enter into a debate on the roll of arts, specifically music, within your community. We will be using two films as a springboard to our discussion.  Meet in the theatre.  Small essay summation will be asked for - 100 marks. Due after the completion of both films in class.  

Assignment Guidelines and Rubric

For those of you who were away, or if you just need a scene refresher, you can watch the movie here:



You can find Mr. E's movie notes -  HERE

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 the the chromatic scale is pass/fail. 

In addition choose one of the following: 

(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.

Symphonic Band:

# 27 (100) , #43 (65)  (take 2nd ending) or #47 (90)

 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:


  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.  SAVE AS A  PDF and email to:
  2. 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 class time the week of the 28th. As you are already aware, Symphonic Band members will focus on pages 7-12.  Auditions will begin some time in October.
  3. Your first "full" band class will be on the 28th during Period .

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