Thank you to the Marching Band for your performance at the Esquimalt Buccaneers Day Parade on Saturday!
A quick story... One of Victoria's professional bassoonists, Cuyler Page, has been in all of the same parades as us this year and asked me to pass this on: (He was the gentleman riding the large penny-farthing bicycle in front of us yesterday morning). He remarked that our band did NOT sound like a typical marching band... Instead we sounded like a marching CONCERT BAND with lots of attention to balance, dynamics, phrasing, and quality sound. He said he enjoyed our performances and likened the sound of the Spectrum Marching Band to Frank Battisti's bands and marching bands. (Mr.Battisi is one of the most renowned American high-school & college band directors, famous for his work with sound concepts and repertoire in the concert band genre. Mr. Page was a student of Frank Battisti's.) Well done Spectrum. :)
1.) Morning Band - All morning rehearsals are now finished. PLEASE HAVE ALL concert band music folders returned to the band room on Monday morning for music sorting/returns. This includes ALL MEMBERS WHO PLAY WITH THE BANDS OUTSIDE OF THE TIMETABLE.
2.) Jazz Bands - Sr. Jazz Band meets for the last time on Monday at Lunch. Jr. Jazz meets for the last time on Tuesday at Lunch. PLEASE HAVE ALL music and music folders at those classes for music sorting.
3.) Band Classes
Monday - Band 10, Band 11/12 (Concert Band music sorting sessions)
Tuesday - Band 9
Wednesday - TBA (Need to consult with PE Teachers) Band 11/12 = English and Study Blocks
Thursday - TBA (Need to consult with PE Teachers) Band 11/12 = English and Study Blocks
Friday - Celebrations Day - Short classes/year book signing. Schedule TBA.
THANK YOU all for the wonderful concert on Tuesday night at the Alix Goolden Hall! Thanks to all of those family members and friends that attended and supported our musicians. A special thanks to our Band Grads for their words and support. Congratulations to all of our award winners!
If you have photos or videos - can I get a copy? I would love to share these with our students as we head to the end of the year. Thanks!
1.) Marching Band / Esquimalt Buccaneers Day Parade - Saturday, June 9th.
There is a FINAL marching band practice on Friday at 7:30 am.
The running order for the Esquimalt Buccaneers Day Parade can be found here.
Student need to meet on Old Esquimalt Rd at 8:00am. We should be done by10:45 am.
2.) Year End - Equipment / Instrument Returns
BAND 9 STUDENTS - Please make sure that you have your folders at school tomorrow.
ALL music folders, school-owned instruments, marching band instruments, drums, flags, flag-holsters, carol band folders, loaner instruments,sticks and mallets MUST be returned to the band room (for inventory /repairs / cleaning purposes) on MONDAY, JUNE 11th.
Students needing instruments to complete requirements and for summer practice will be able to sign them out again.
3.) Uniform Return Nights
We will be holding 2 uniform return nights: Wednesday, June 13th and Thursday, June 14th from 6pm - 8pm in the Band Room. Please pick a night to drop off your uniforms (deposit cheques will be returned after auniform inspection) ***Please do not bring uniforms to school as uniformsare handled by the Band Parents Association.***
4.) Final Dates to Note
June 15: Band 9, 10, 11, 12 Requirements and Practice Cards are DUE (Note that this has been extended from June 12th.
June 16: Last Bottle Drive and Student/Parent Appreciation BBQ (9am - 1pmat Spectrum)
June 20th: Spectrum Band Parents Association Annual General Meeting &Elections (7:00pm, Library)
I hope you all had a great weekend!
1.) THANK YOU to our Marching Band members who did an AWESOME job at the (SUNNY!!) Oak Bay Tea Party on Saturday morning! COLOUR PARTY and DRUMLINE members need to return flags, banners, harnesses, drums, and sticks to the school for our practice this week. Thanks to our parent volunteers whobraided hair, helped with rides and walked the route with the band.
2.) Morning Band This Week
Monday - LAST Jr. Jazz
Tuesday - LAST Sr. Concert
Wednesday - None
Thursday - None
Friday - LAST Marching Band
3.) Period 1 and 2 Classes
Monday - 9s
Tuesday - 9s & 10s Combined, 11s/12s
Wednesday - 9s
Thursday - 10s, 11s/12s
Friday - 9s
4.) Year End Band Concert - THIS TUESDAY NIGHT - 7:00pm
Please DOWNLOAD THE RUNNING ORDER FOR THE YEAR END CONCERT HERE. Note that the location is at THE VICTORIA CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC. A map is provided with information about parking for this concert. Students MUST be inside the Conservatory, ready to go at 6:00pm. Please leave lots of time to find parking.
****HELP NEEDED****: We are in need of 3 -4 trucks and/or vans to transport equipment to downtown. We will meet at Spectrum at 3:05pm, load and head to the conservatory for set-up. PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP IF YOU AREABLE TO ASSIST. THANKS!
CD Orders - The concert will, again, be recorded by Hi Cee recordings. A double CD is being produced featuring all of our tunes. ($15 each, please make cheques payable to Spectrum Band Parents Association).
I hope you are looking forward to this show. Your kids have been working very hard and it should be a great night!
5.) Esquimalt Buccaneers Day Parade - SATURDAY, June 9th
I will have more information as soon as I get our marshaling information from the organizers. We still have an 8:00am call time.
As always, don't hesitate to ask questions. I can't believe we are almost at the end of the year!
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