Friday, 20 January 2017

Happy New Year!


- Junior Select is next week starting at 12:30 on Thursday.  Concert is at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

This Week in Grade 6 Band
This past week we had a guest visit Grade 6 Full Band.   Mr. Donny Kennedy, a Campbell Grad and professional Montreal based jazz musician was in town and came to talk to students and play a little.   The Grade 6's had many questions and we quite enjoyed Mr. Kennedy's playing. 

We are working hard at getting ready for our Optimist performance.    Grade 6's were asked to practice 35 to the end of Castles and Kings, and 9 to 17 of Midnight Sky.   Some of the Grade 6's tried out solos this week, and some began playing our concert Bb scale up and down.

This Week in Grade 7 Band
The Grade 7's have been working very hard at figuring out cut time.   It has taken us a little time to get a handle on it, but it is starting to come.    Students were asked to practice beginning to 34 in In Quiet Times (in cut time).   Our second Optimist festival piece is called Prelude et Celebration.   We have been working quite hard at figuring out key signatures in this piece.    The composer of this piece will be one of the clinicians at Optimist Festival.   Students were asked to practice measures 28-65.  

This Week in Grade 8 Band

For the last couple of weeks we worked on the ends of both Resplendent Light and Amen.  Now we are working again from the beginning and focusing on the middle sections.  We have also begun warming up with Chorale #3.

Overall, we are looking at giving every note importance or finding the purpose of every note.  Always moving and changing dynamics so that we give more shape to our phrases.