Friday, 29 November 2013

Concert is Coming!!!

-December 9 - Grade 6 and Junior Winds Concert - 7:00p.m. at Campbell, students meet at 6:30p.m.
-December 10 - Grade 7 and Grade 8 Concert - 7:00p.m. at Campbell, students meet at 6:30p.m.
- MONDAY IS DAY 1!!   (With some schools having interviews on Friday, just a reminder that Monday will still be Day 1)

The t-shirts have arrived!  They will be distributed next week.

Congratulations to all the students who braved the very chilly temperatures to march in the Grey Cup Parade.   You did a wonderful job!

In Grade 6 Band

This week the Grade 6's learned a new jazz standard piece.  They learned C Jam Blues.    Many of the Grade 6's were impressed to hear a recording of Oscar Peterson play the exact same piece that they learned by ear.    Students learned this melody was called "the head" and that after we played "the head" we added some improvised solos.    We had some fun experimenting with the jazz style.

With our concert quickly approaching Grade 6's are now concentrating on their concert music.   They will be playing Let's Go Band, Theme From Beethoven's Ninth, Jingle Bells, C Jam Blues, and from our book Star Search, Shark, and Dreidel Song.   Some students are also working on "Green is the Colour" to perform.   Some students have asked to play a "show off" at the concert.   We will be checking these next week to make sure all are ready.    Students are asked to practice their concert material this week.

In Grade 7 Band

We are completely focusing on concert music right now.   Students are asked to focus on the Concert F key signature and O Tannenbones.    This piece has MANY accidentals for students.   Students are asked to take a very careful look at it and mark all the accidentals.

Concert material for the Grade 7's will be O Tannenbones, Spirit of the Wolf,  Song for Peace and Incantation and Ritual.  Students are asked not just to practice their favourite, but to practice the tricky parts.    (They should now be circled!)

In Grade 8 Band

With one more week of rehearsal's before the concert, the grade 8's are working hard on the finishing touches of our four songs.  We've been focusing on our articulations and phrasing to make the pieces sound great.  We will start working on Amen and African Marching Song after the concert.

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