Friday, 9 May 2014

Trips and Concerts

To Remember:
-Band Camp forms have been handed out, please take a look and give consideration to
-Band Camp Scholarship forms have been handed out.  If your child is interested, please get this form into us!

Congratulations to the Grade 8's and to Junior Winds on great performances at Music Monday.  Music Monday is celebrated across the country.   It was wonderful to be a part of the celebrations.

Everyone has been working at getting ready for our final concert and the Grade 7's for their trip.   The next few weeks will be a little confusing because of all kinds of things going on.  We will do our best to keep the blog updated with changes and communicating changes with you.  

This week!
May 12
- Grade 7's are off to Moose Jaw!
Students are reminded to bring a bagged snack or light lunch for the bus, their instrument and music, band uniform, and swim suit and towel.  Parents are reminded that we will be back at 5:45p.m.   AT CAMPBELL!
*There are no band classes on Monday

May 13
-Junior Winds are in Moose Jaw!
Junior Winds students are to meet at Campbell at 7:45.   We will return at 3:00p.m. to each of the elementary schools.    Students are asked to remember their band instrument, uniform, lunch and a little spending money for ice cream.  
*There are no band classes on Tuesday, however there WILL be Jazz Band after school from 4-5p.m.

May 14
-No Massey Grade 7 Sectionals
- Massey Grade 8's will still have sectionals
- Massey Grade 6's will have sectionals

May 15
- No Perry Grade 8 sectionals
- There WILL be Perry Grade 6 and Grade 7 Sectionals

May 16-19 - No School

May 20  - Day 1
9:15 -10:15 - Grant Road and Perry Grade 7s
10:45-11:30 - RCS Grade 7's
1:30-2:30 - All Grade 6's Dress REhearsal

May 21 - Day 2
9:30-10:30 - Grade 7's  - Massey, RCS, McVeety
10:35-11:35 - Grade 8's
Afternoon - Massey Grade 6 Sectionals

CONCERT 7:00 at Campbell - All Grade 6,7,8 Bands

Thurs. May 22 - Day 3
- No Grade 6 Band

Fri. May 23 - School tours GRade 6 Band
- No other band Classes

Mon.-Thursday May 26-29 - Normal Band Classes
May 29 - Last Day of Band Classes

Friday, 2 May 2014

May is here!

-Music Monday on Monday May 5 - Grade 8's and Junior Winds are asked to be ready at 11:30 for the bus.
-Grade 7's and Junior Winds students - Moose Jaw permission forms are due on Monday!
-Band Camp Deadlines will be quickly approaching.    Please make sure if you are planning on attending that you have registration handed in.

In Grade 6 Band
In Grade 6 Band this week we reviewed the two new pieces of sheet music we will be performing at our concert on May 21.   We also reviewed the 4 scales that we have been working on.    We took a look at the solos that were handed out.

We began experimenting with the concept of "audition."    We have many students who go to one of the summer band camps that are offered in the province.    Sometimes they are asked to "audition".    We explained to students that the purpose of these auditions were so that teachers can figure out what to teach a particular student for a week.  We tried having an audition.   Students who "auditioned" played a scale, something that was prepared (most played one of the solos) and we ended with a little bit of sight reading.   We also explained that auditions can be fun when you think of it as choosing what you practice.   Next week in sectionals to make sure everyone is comfortable with this idea, we are going to have a "mock audition."    Students were asked to choose what to practice and then show me next week.    I'm looking forward to hearing their choices!

In Grade 7 Band
We are preparing for Moose Jaw.   Students will be playing Prelude et Celebration and Sanctus.    We have not played this for awhile.   There were a couple of rough spots.   Students are asked to take a look at this.    We are also working on Pandora.   This one will not quite be ready for Moose Jaw but we will for sure be playing it at our end of the year concert on May 21.  Grade 7's have also begun discussing auditions and how to do an audition on their band instrument.   This is in preparation for those attending any of the summer camps.

In Grade 8 Band
In Grade 8 Band we are looking forward to joining forces with the Balfour Area 7/8 Band on Monday, May 5th.  On Monday the 8's won't have full band in the morning but will instead be bussed to Balfour at 11:30 where they will have lunch (bring a bagged lunch) and then rehearse and perform for each other.  Students will be bussed back at 3.  Only a few weeks left in band so students need to keep practicing for our final concert on Wednesday May 21st.