Thursday, 24 November 2016

One Week Before Concerts!

Congratulations to all Junior Winds and Jazz Band students on a very nice concert.    Thank you for all your time and thank you to all who came to listen. 

- Grade 7 and 8 Concert - Monday Dec. 5 - 7:00p.m.   Students are asked to meet at Campbell at 6:30p.m.  
- Grade 6 Concert - Tuesday Dec. 6 - 7:00p.m.   Students are asked to meet at Campbell at 6:30p.m.  

In Grade 6 Band
We are in final concert preparations.    Grade 6's have been asked to practice our pieces that we will be performing at the concert.   These include:
-Theme From Beethoven's Ninth
- Let's Go Band
- From our book - Jingle Bells (Page 120, Old MacDonald (p.11), Shark (p.11), and Star Search (p.12)
- The twelve bar blues and the "head" to C Jam Blues

In Grade 7 Band
The Grade 7's are working on final concert preparations.    They have been asked to practice:
- Starry Night - measures 25 - end
- Argosy - flutes and clarinets - beginning, everyone else 51 -end
- Frosty - measures 15-23

In Grade 8 Band

We've worked on Amen up to measure 58 and now we have to work on 58-82.  We've also brought back Canticum for our December concert and are putting the finishing touches on A Quiet Song and Sleigh Ride.  In addition to the pieces, we've practiced our chromatic scale up to 16th notes.  We'll keep working on this to increase our speed.

Concert Coming!

Thank you
- Thank you to all the students who participated in the Dr. Tim Lautzeinheiser clinic

- Band room Concert - Nov. 23 - Jazz Band and Junior Winds.  Students are asked to meet at 6:30p.m. The concert will begin at 7:00p.m.   The concert will be held in the band room.   All parents and friends are welcome.   Students are asked to wear their band t-shirt, dark pants, dark shoes and dark socks.    Students are asked to bring one dozen treats to share after the concert.

This Week in Grade 6 Band
We are now into concert preparation.   Students learned a Concert E natural and have been working on slurs.     We are continuing to work on playing with lots of air and be careful of keeping fingers close to the keys when playing.    We listened As the weather changes brass players are reminded to make sure they are putting slide grease on their tuning slides and oil on their valves.   At this time of the year instruments will dry out more quickly.    Reed players are reminded to be putting cork grease on their corks and to make sure they have a few reeds on the go.  

Students were asked to practice:
1.   Beethoven's 9th - measures 13-21 mesures 21-29 and measures 33-37
2.   In our book some students moved on to Page 13 - 2.11
3.   Students are encouraged to continue experimenting with their compositions

This Week in Grade 7 Band
We are continuing to work on our chromatic scale at the same time as expanding our range.   Students are encouraged to use their fingering charts and work their way up and down.   Many students have been surprised at the notes they did not realize they could play.    We worked at Starry Night measures 25 - end.   This is in the key signature of Concert Eb.  This piece has two key signatures and so we worked on making sure we knew where it changed.   We also worked on 51-end of Argosy.   Students have been surprised with how at first it looked hard, but with all the repetition it is becoming easier than they originally thought.   In Frosty we have been working on first and second endings.   

Students were asked to practice:
1.  Starry Night - they will be tested on measures 25 - end
2.  Argosy 51 - end
3.   Some students were asked to practice assigned lines in their orange book.  

Short Week

- Junior Winds and Jazz Band Room Concert Wed. Nov. 23
- Grade 7 and 8 Concert - Mon. Dec. 5 - 7:00p.m.
- Grade 6 Concert - Dec. 6 - 7:00p.m.

This Week In Grade 6 Band
With this week being a short week we did not see all the Grade 6's.   For those that we did see, we learned a new note   (Concert E)  and began working on Let's Go Band.   Students continued to compose duets.   We asked students to think about "major" and "minor" sounds and added the word "cluster" to their musical vocabulary.   We continued to work on our Concert Bb scale and did this at various speeds.    Grade 6's are reminded that the first day back after the long weekend is a Day 3 and so they should have their instruments at school.
Grade 6 's were asked to Practice:
1.  2.11
2.  Beethoven's Ninth
3.  Let's Go Band - for those who started it. 

This Week In Grade 7 Band
We have begun preparation for our Dec. 5 concert.   We worked on Argosy from 15-51.   After doing this section we discovered we will basically know the entire piece.    Students were asked to practice 51-end.     We also were given the music to Frosty the Snowman.    We read it through and were reminded of first and second endings.    Starry Night is our third piece we will be performing.   In this piece there are many accidentals and so we worked on this immediately after working on our chromatic scale.   Many of the grade 7's are stretching their ranges by not just playing the chromatic scale in one octave, but by playing the entire fingering chart.   
Grade 7's were asked to Practice:
1.   Argosy 51-end
2.  Starry Night - all
3.   Chromatic Scale (using the fingering chart)  

Friday, 4 November 2016


- Congratulations to all Grade 7 and 8 band students on a very nice concert.   Thank you for your work! 

- Winter Concerts are quickly approaching
Dec. 5 - Grade 6 Concert - 7:00p.m. at Campbell
Dec. 6 - Grade 7 and 8 Concert - 7:00p.m. at Campbell

This Week In Grade 6 Band
This week in Grade 6 Band, we put our first seven notes together to create our Concert Bb scale.  As we did this we talked about as our notes go higher how our air gets faster.   As we go lower our air is slower.    We also worked on sustaining our notes for full value.   To do this we wind patterned Ode to Joy and made sure we always felt the wind on our hands.   We listened to the difference between major and minor.   We learned that when we put notes 1, 3, and 5 together we get a major sounding chord and when we put notes 2, 4, and 6 together the chord sounds minor.   We began experimenting with these combinations as some of us began composing a duet.   As well this week we received our first piece of sheet music.  
Students were asked to practice:
1.  Jingle Bells (both parts) - P. 12
2. In their book the first line of P. 13
3.   Compose a four measure duet. 

 This Week In Grade 7 Band
This week was the first time all the Grade 7's played together.    We were quite excited to hear everyone and we are looking forward to our next opportunity to have everyone together at once.   After our concert we began handing out holiday music.   Students received a copy of Frosty the Snowman.   As students receive it, we will be figuring out the form first and then practicing the "A" sections.    Students also played Starry Night beginning to end and worked on measures 15 -51 of Argosy.   Students were asked to practice:
1.   Starry Night - all
2. Argosy - 15-51.  

This Week in Grade 8 Band
This week we started working on Amen up to measure 58.  We also are bringing A Quiet Song back into our repertoire.  Next week we'll be getting one more piece for our December concert.  We also are working on the chromatic scale in eighth notes.