I hope this finds you all doing well and that you had a great (extra-long) Spring Break!
*Thank you for a phenomenal Band Tour this year, folks! I am so proud of everyone who came! It was great getting to know you all a little better and see some of you grow musically and non-musically. Your teamwork in performance, on loading crew, and especially on the last day with customs/border and the ferry "race" is unforgettable! Bravo to you all! Our chaperones were first-class and worked exceptionally hard. Thank you Victoria Stewart and Gary Wong! A huge thanks to our outstanding band manager, Jacquie Hawey for all of her work planning and chaperoning this trip. We couldn't have done it without you!
*Bravo, Jr. Jazz Band! Congratulations on an excellent performance at Glanford Middle School's Cabaret Night a few weeks ago! There were so many compliments and comments about your playing. Best one: "THOSE were only Grade 9s and 10s?? I thought they sounded like Grade 12s!!"
*Thank you to everyone that supported our Mother's Day Hanging Basket Fundraiser this year. A big thank you to Mrs. Nancy Wong for organizing and running this year's sales campaign! Remember that orders will be available for pick-up from our "Touch of New Orleans" Jazz and Dessert Night on April 22nd
*The next few months are very busy with many performances, parades, and exciting musical opportunities ahead. Thank you in advance for your willingness to try, your Spectrum team-spirit, and your dedication to our motto of "Sound! Appearance! Precision!" I am so excited to get back to working with all of you, grades 9 through to 12!
Here we go...
1.) Band Classes in Period 1 and 2:
Tuesday – Band 9 in Period 1, Band 11/12 in Period 2.
Wednesday – Band 10 in Period 1
Thursday – Band 9 in Period 1, Band 11/12 in Period 2.
Friday (April 1) – Band 10 in Period 1, Band 11/12 in Period 2.
Grade 9/10 Practice Cards: Continue recording for week 28, turn in week 25-27 for marking, please.
2.) Morning/Lunch/After School Rehearsals:
Tuesday – Sr. Jazz Band at 7:30am, Jr. Jazz Band at Lunch.
Wednesday – Sr. Concert Band at 7:30am, Sr. Jazz Band at Lunch.
Thursday – , Jr. Jazz Band at 7:30am, Sr. Jazz Band at Lunch.
Friday – Jr. Concert Band at 7:30am, Band Council Meeting at Lunch.
3.) Term 3 End is Next Tuesday!
The end of the term for Band classes is next Tuesday, April 5th. All Band 9-12 playing "Requirements," Band 9/10 Practice Cards (up to and including PC Week 28) are DUE. Requirements can be performed in class, in private when I'm not teaching, or submitted to the Band Website, or emailed to this email address. Please get on these ASAP as the end of term is looooooming. Casual but persistent nagging and taunting with the "usual" "humour" will now follow for the next few days. :)
4.) Upcoming School Performances
April 6th - Two in-school performances as the NFL honours Spectrum Community School with "The Golden Football." - DETAILS T.B.A.
April 7th - Jr. Concert Band and Jr. Jazz Band SPRING CONCERT with special guests from Colquitz and Glanford Middle Schools. Student call time is 6:00pm, concert starts at 7:00pm. Come and see your talented kids perform in our annual family of school's concert in the Old Gymnasium COMPLETE WITH NEW BLEACHERS! Could this be an END to "concert bum" at Spectrum? You be the judge at our next concert! Admission by donation.
5.) Little League Opening Ceremonies - Jr. and Sr. Concert Bands
Our concert bands will be performing for TWO local little league opening ceremonies this year (huge community events) More detailed information coming in the next few days. If you are a parent with a truck or van - we will need help moving equipment, chairs, and stands to/from these events. Please let me know if you can assist with this!
Sr. Concert Band will perform for the LAYRITZ Little League opening ceremonies on Saturday, April 9th. A loading crew and parent drivers will be needed at the school at 10:00am. Student call time at Layritz Park will be 11:00am. Students will be dismissed at 1:00pm.
Jr. Concert Band will perform for the HAMPTON Little League opening ceremonies (60th Anniversary) on Sunday, April 17th. A loading crew and parent drivers will be needed at the school at 10:30am. Student call time at Hampton Park will be 11:30am. Students will be dismissed at 1:00pm.
6.) BC Honour Band and Choir Auditions
Honour Band (Concert and Jazz) and Honour Choir (including vocal jazz) auditions are due on April 15. All current grade 9, 10, and 11 students are highly encouraged to check out this amazing opportunity to perform with some of BC's top student musicians and amazing conductors and directors from all over North America. Visit http://bcmusiced.ca/ensembles/ for more information.
7.) New Orleans Jazz Night Fundraiser – Friday, April 22
Our annual “A Touch of New Orleans” Jazz and Dessert night is coming up on April 22nd (7:00pm in the Old Gym). This is a full program fundraiser (mandatory) and an awesome opportunity to showcase our jazz band students. We also partner with the Culinary Arts program and Chef Humeniuk and her students produce decadent desserts - all for the great price of $10! The Junior and Senior Jazz Bands will perform throughout the night. Non-jazz band students are required to sign-up for shifts and participate by doing set-up and tear–down and waiting tables/serving.
***Raffle Tickets – Each student will be given one book of 10 raffle tickets to sell ($2 each). EVERY STUDENT IS EXPECTED TO SELL AT LEAST ONE BOOKLET THIS YEAR. Enter to win some wonderful prize packages! All profits from raffle sales will go towards purchasing instruments, sheet music, and much-needed equipment. Please ask your student to bring these home and encourage them to sell their tickets. Every little bit helps! For every book of tickets that is sold and returned, students will be entered to win one of our student prizes (music lessons, gift cards, tech, lots of good stuff!).
***Raffle Ticket Sales at Walmart/Uptown – We will be out in the community selling raffle tickets to shoppers at Walmart/Uptown on Saturday, April 16th. We are looking for students and parents to sell in short one hour shifts. More information and sign-up information coming soon.
.. told you we were going to be busy!
Thanks everyone! See you soon!