Monday night's Year End Concert was exceptional! Thank you for your incredible playing, your tributes, and your team spirit! That concert will always be a musical and personal highlight of my career. Bravo! Thank you to the parents and stage crew that helped transport gear and set-up/run the show. You were amazing!
There are lots of great things happening for Spectrum musicians these days. Be proud of these kids, folks! I certainly am!
Thank you to the Carpe Noctem Sr. Jazz Combo for their performance at the School District Retirement Tea last Thursday at SJ Willis!
Congratulations to grade 11 students Scott Gordon (tuba) and Tavish McDiarmid (bass) who auditioned for and were accepted to the Esquimalt Township Youth Mentorship Program! The program provides opportunities for young musicians to broaden their musical experience and scope.
Congratulations to Scott Gordon (euphonium), Jennifer Forster (clarinet), and Daniel Mengesha (percussion) who have all been chosen to perform in the BC Provincial Honour Wind Ensemble! All three were selected based on their auditions and they will rehearse and perform with some of BC's top student musicians in Richmond this coming fall.
Congratulations to Grade 12 student Rylee Godo who has been accepted to the Canadian College of Performing Arts! He acts, he sings, he dances, he does it all, folks!
Congratulations to Grade 12 student, Andrew Montgomery who has been accepted to the University of British Columbia Music Program on oboe! Andrew also played an outstanding concert on oboe & english horn with the Meridiem Wind Ensemble two weeks ago playing with all professional musicians!
1.) Spectrum's Awards Night on Thursday - Change of Plans!
Originally, the Sr. Jazz Band was scheduled to perform at the school awards night on June 15th.
I would like to swap bands so that the JUNIOR JAZZ BAND performs at this event (this allows our Senior Jazz Combo members to perform at a Ministry of Education gig at UVic). I polled the Grade 10s last week and many were keen to do this. I know that this is short notice and I do understand if you are unable to participate (just let me know please).
6:00pm Call Time In Full Uniform
6:45pm Play Background Music as people arrive.
7:00pm Awards Ceremony Starts (we play O'Canada, and a feature piece)
We will also play in the middle of the assembly.
**Jr. Jazz members, please let me know ASAP if you are NOT able to perform on Thursday. We'll discuss this more on Monday at Lunch.**
2.) Band Classes in Period 1 and 2:
***PLEASE RETURN ALL CONCERT BAND MUSIC FOLDERS TO THE BAND ROOM ON MONDAY and TUESDAY! Thanks!***
Monday - Band 10 in Period 1.
Tuesday – Band 9 in Period 1, Band 11/12 in Period 2.
Wednesday - Band 10 in Period 1.
Thursday – Band 9 in Period 1. English for 11s and 12s in Period 2.
Friday – Band 9 in Period 1.
3.) Morning, Lunch, After School Rehearsals:
Monday - No morning rehearsal, Jr. Jazz Band at Lunch, No rehearsals after school.
Tuesday - No morning rehearsal, Jr. Jazz Band at Lunch, No rehearsals after school.
Wednesday - No morning rehearsal, Sr. Jazz Band at Lunch, No rehearsals after school.
Thursday - No morning rehearsal, Fine Arts Diploma Luncheon in the Theatre at Lunch (Grade 12s, see me if you have questions), Gym Set-up for Awards Night after school.
Friday - No morning rehearsal, No rehearsals at lunch. No rehearsals after school.
4.) Uniform Returns
Uniform returns begin on Monday and will run until Monday, June 27th. Please drop off all school-supplied uniform pieces in the uniform bag that was provided at the beginning of the school year. These include marching band polos, blazers, pants, band shoes, ties and vests, and colour party uniforms. Please keep your white shirt and socks (gross!).
JR. AND SR. JAZZ BAND MEMBERS - please don't hand back any uniforms until after your final gigs are done. :) Return them all at once.
This is a HUGE task, folks. Please help our uniform moms by being really organized and returning everything promptly! Thanks!
5.) Band Parents Association AGM and Elections
The Spectrum Band Parents Association will hold it's final meeting (and AGM) and elections on Monday, June 19th in the school library. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend!
There will be a potluck starting at 6:45pm! Please advise Nancy Wong (secretary) if you will be contributing (nanwong @ shaw.ca).
5.) Dates To Note
Monday, 12th – Uniform Returns Begin (Drop off to the band room at anytime, incl. all uniform parts/shoes, please! Jr. Jazz, please return your after June 15th. Sr. Jazz, please return yours after June 25th.)
Thursday, 15th – The FINAL Level Ground Coffee Order of the year is due by 3pm!
Thursday, 15th – Spectrum Awards Night (Junior Jazz Band, 6pm call time, 6:45pm start, Spectrum Old Gymnasium)
Saturday, 17th – Bottle Drive #8 and Year End BBQ (9am-1pm, BBQ Details TBA)
Monday, 19th – Band Parents Association Final Meeting and Annual General Meeting (6:45pm POTLUCK, 7:00pm meeting start, Library)
Sunday, 25th - TD Victoria Jazz Fest (Sr. Jazz Band, 12:45pm call time, 2:00pm start, Centennial Square, Downtown)
Monday, 27th – Last Day for Uniform Returns (Until 3pm in the Band Room)
Thanks everyone! Enjoy the sunshine. :)
Director of Bands
Spectrum Community School