Friday, 29 April 2016


- Grade 6 Band students are reminded to return permission form for May 13 National Youth Band concert
- Grade 7 Band students are reminded to return permission form for Moose Jaw Trip
- Junior Winds Students are reminded to return permission form for Moose Jaw Trip

- Monday May 2 - MUSIC MONDAY CONCERT - Grade 7/8 Junior Winds and Grade 7/8 Jazz Band performing in the Band Room.   Students are asked to meet at 6:30p.m.  Concert will begin at 7:00p.m.   Students are asked to bring one dozen of some kind of treat.     Students are asked to wear their band t-shirts, dark pants, shoes, and socks.

Because of last week's PD day, our days have flipped.  Please note:

Monday May 2 - Day 4 - Massey Grade 7 and 8 sectionals, Grant Road Grade 6 sectionals, RCS
                                         Grade 6 and 7 sectionals
                                      - there will be Grade 6 Jazz Band after school
Tuesday May 3 - Day 5 - Gr. 7 Perry sectionals, Grant Road Grade 8 sectionals, McVeety Gade 6,7, and 8 sectionals
-There will be Gr. 7/8 jazz band after school

Wednesday May 4 - Day 1 - Massey, McVeety, RCS Grade 7 Band, Perry Grade 6 sectionals and Perry Grade 8 sectionals
 - There will be Grade 6 Junior Winds before school and there will be Grade 7/8 jazz band after school

Thursday May 5 - Day 2 - Grade 8 Full Band, Grade 7 Grant Road and Perry Band, and Massey Grade 6 sectionals
- There will be Gr. 7/8 Junior Winds at 7:30a.m.

Friday May 6 - Day 3 - Grade 6 Full Band, Grant Road Grade 7 sectionals

May is a pretty crazy month!   This week we were getting students into concert mode.   All students played through their concert program.  Grade 6's were asked to work on O Canada.  Grade 7's were asked to work on Pandora and Grade 8's were asked to work on In the Wake of Spring.

Upcoming Concerts
May 2 - Band Room Concert - Gr. 7/8 Junior Winds and Gr. 7/8 Jazz Band
May 13 - Grade 6's to Martin to listen to National Youth Band
May 16 - Massey, McVeety, RCS 7's to Moose Jaw
May 17 - Grant Road and Perry Grade 7's to Moose Jaw
May 18 - Junior Winds to Moose Jaw
May 24 - Grade 6 Band Concert, Gr. 6 Junior Winds and Gr. 6 Jazz Band performing
May 27 - Grade 6 School Tours
May 27 - Swing into Spring - Gr. 7/8 Jazz Band performing
May 30 - Grade 7 /8 Band Concert, Gr. 7/8 Junior Winds and Gr. 7/8 Jazz performing
June 2 - Gr. 7/8 Junior Winds performing with Campbell Wind Ensemble

Friday, 15 April 2016

Grade 8 Trip Week!

This Coming Week

Sunday April 17 - Grade 8's leave for their band trip.   Students are to meet at 2:00p.m in the band room at Campbell.
Monday April 18 - Day 5 - no McVeety sectionals, and no Perry Grade 7 sectionals
                            * No Grade 6 jazz band
Tuesday April 19 - Day 1 - Grade 7 Massey, McVeety, RCS Grade 7 Band and Perry Grade 6 sectional
               - Grade 7/8 jazz band
Wednesday April 20  - Day 2 - Grade 7 Grant Road and Perry, all Grade 8's and Massey Grade 6's
                     - Grade 6 Junior Winds
                     - Grade 7/8 Jazz Band
Thursday April 21 - Day 3 - Grade 6 Band
                            * No Junior Winds
                            * No Grade 7 Grant Road Sectionals
Friday April 22 - no school
Monday April 25 - Day 4 - Massey Grade 7 and 8 sectionals, Grant Road Grade 6 sectionals

Please Note:
May 2 - Grade 7/8 Junior Winds Band Room Concert
May 24 - Grade 6 Concert Band, Grade 6 Junior Winds and Grade 6 Jazz Band
May 27 - School Tours - Grade 6's
May 27 - Swing into Spring
May 30 - Grade 7 and Grade 8 Concert, Grade 7/8 Junior Winds, and Grade 7/8 Jazz Band
June 2 - Junior Winds with High School Wind Ensemble concert

In Grade 6 Band 
This week we worked at matching articulations.   We described articulations as what sets notes apart to create a story.   We specifically worked on our staccato and our accents.   We find both of these articulations in Star Wars.   After we worked on these articulations, we then put them into our piece.   As well Grade 6's continued to work at not only speaking in rhythm in a round, but also playing in a round.   We are preparing to try a drumming piece in which everyone uses drumsticks.

In Grade 7 Band 
We worked on the main theme to the Muppets.   Students are now asked to practice the middle section.   In music, we described this as the "B" section.     Students have been reading Londonderry Air very well.   We are now working on smoothing our articulations.    In Pandora, several students are still stuck on the section at 34.   They were reminded they needed to practice.

In Grade 8 Band 
We are looking forward to a great band trip this weekend! Please make sure you have all your music, your instrument and your band uniform.   You will need to meet at Campbell in the band room at 2:00p.m. on Sunday.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Welcome Back!

- Grade 8 trip is quickly approaching, please make sure the trip permission form has been handed in.

This Week in Grade 6 Band 
This week the Grade 6's have received three new pieces of music.   These include Star Wars, Concerto for Pots and Pan, and Flying High.   In the upcoming weeks we will be preparing these for our spring concert and for our school tours.   Grade 6's also experimented with practicing in a circle instead of our regular band formation.   Students found different instruments to listen to and to match.   While in our circles we also learned a chant which will be later learning a sticking pattern to.

This Week in Grade 7 Band 
This week the Grade 7's received new music.    We will begin working on the The Muppet Theme Show as well as Londonderry Air.   We had begun working on Pandora and now will be putting more time into this piece as well as Tu Ungane.    The Grade 7's did a really great job sight reading our new music this week.    As we sight read it, we discussed how the musical form of a piece influences how we practice.   Grade 7's were asked to practice beginning to 21 of the Muppets and 34-48 of Pandora.

This Week in Grade 8 Band

We are currently getting ready for our trip to Saskatoon.  Thanks to everyone for getting the permission forms in.  We have two songs that we need to work hard at.  The first is Night Flight of the Gargoyles.  The second is When Summer Takes Flight.  We will work on these in Saskatoon with our clinic with Nick Fanner.  Students will need to practice When Summer Takes Flight especially.