Congratulations to everyone involved in the marching band at the Island Farms Santa Claus Parade! An excellent performance all around (and with only FOUR rehearsals leading up to the big event). A big thank you goes to out to our new students and grade 9s, especially, for taking this on and doing SO well. :) The weather cooperated (for the most part) and there were no complaints from students. Thank you to all the band parents that came to help with hair braiding and to our grade 12s for their leadership in the marshalling area (pinning scarves, decorating horns, drum maintenance, everything!).
Our annual “Carol Band” started off well last Tuesday and Friday with 43 students participating (a record number!)! Thank you to Grade 12 student Meghan Parker for volunteering to conduct this ensemble!
Band This Week:
1.) Sr. Jazz THIS AFTERNOON
Don’t forget that we have a gig at Christ Community Church (3897 Holland Ave) this evening. The truck will be loaded at 4:00pm at the school, students will meet at CCC at 4:30pm, and the gig starts at 5:30pm. Please make sure you have everything that you need (music, instrument, sticks, etc.). A PDF running order is attached.
2.) Band Classes in Period 1 and 2:
Monday - Band 9 in Period 1.
Tuesday – Band 11/12 in Period 2, Band 10 in Period 1
Wednesday – Band 9 in Period 1.
Thursday – Band 11/12 in Period 2, Band 10 in Period 1
Friday – Band 9 in Period 1.
Band 9/10 Practice Cards - Turn in Week 11 for marking. Continue recording for Week 12.
3.) Morning, Lunch, After School Rehearsals:
Monday - Sr. Concert Band at 7:30am, Jr. Jazz at Lunch, Pit Orchestra (ALL) at 3:15pm.
Tuesday – Sr. Jazz Band at 7:30am, Jr. Jazz at lunch, Carol Band Rehearsal at 3:15pm, Alumni Band Rehearsal 7pm-8pm
Wednesday – Sr. Concert Band at 7:30am, Sr. Jazz at lunch, Pit Orchestra (RHYTHM SECTION ONLY) at 3:15pm.
Thursday - Jr. Jazz Band at 7:30am, Sr. Jazz at Lunch, Pit Orchestra (ALL) at 3:15pm, Alumni Band Rehearsal 7pm-8pm
Friday - Jr. Concert Band at 7:30am, Carol Band Rehearsal at Lunch, None.
4.) Bottle Drive #3 - December 3rd
Our third bottle drive is on Saturday, December 3rd (9am-1pm in the school parking lot with a hotdog lunch to follow).
We REALLY need parent drivers to support our bottle drives. The Band Parents Association offers DOUBLE CREDITS for parent drivers. All students are expected to be out collecting during the bottle drives.
A question arose about the allocation of funds raised at bottle drives. 30 percent of the profits from the bottle drives goes to the band program general accounts to purchase uniforms, sheet music, instruments, festival fees, bussing to festivals and any items that are not covered by the school. 70 percent of the profits are divided up amongst the student and parent volunteers (for band tour payments, personal instrument purchases, reeds, music, etc.).
Thank you for supporting our fundraising efforts this year. :)
4.) Upcoming Dates to Note:
Friday, 25th - Band Tour Payment #3 Due ($325)
Saturday, 3rd – Bottle Drive #3 (9am-1pm, School parking lot)
Thursday, 8th - Winter Concert (ALL Bands; 6 pm call time, 7pm start, Old Gymnasium, Poinsettia Pick-up During Concert, Band Wear Orders Available for Pick-up at Concert)
Friday, 9th – Level Ground Coffee Orders Due (3pm, Band Room)
Saturday, 10th – Tuba Christmas (Tuba/Euphonium students; 9am start at UVic, 1pm concert in Market Square)
Monday, 12th – Band Parents Association Meeting (7pm, Library)
Tuesday, 13th – Carol Band plays at Marigold Elementary (12:30pm)
Thursday, 15th – Carol Band plays at Glanford at 8:15am) then plays at Colquitz Lunch
Friday, 16th – Carol Band plays at Spectrum (7:00am breakfast, 7:30am start)
Friday, 16th – Sr. Jazz Band plays at Winter Assembly (Time TBA)
Director of Bands
Spectrum Community School
BC Music Educators Association
957 Burnside Road West
Victoria, BC V8Z 6E9 Canada
Tel: +1.250.479.8271 (Ext 512)