I hope you had a good weekend!
I had a wonderful time participating in professional development sessions at the BC Music Educators Association conference this weekend. The highlight of the weekend, however, was watching and listening to 4 of our Spectrum musicians performing in the various BC Honour Ensembles! Congratulations to Stephanie Butler (clarinet) and Jason Gordon (euphonium) who performed in the Honour Wind Ensemble , Cam Henderson (trombone) who performed in the Honour Jazz Band, and to Darian Woodland who sang in the Honour Concert Choir! The concert was excellent and they should be commended for their work preparing auditions, preparing high-level music, and for all of their work over the past week in rehearsals and performance. Bravo!
A big thank you to everyone involved in our Scrap Metal Recycling and Bottle Drive weekend back home! We raised $1300 at the bottle drive and will know the results of our scrap metal efforts soon. Thank you to Carol Davis and her team of parents who have scoured the city for donations, dropping off letters and canvassing businesses for donations. Furthermore, thank you to everyone who stayed so late on Saturday to finish up collections, sorting, and get that last bins loaded.
Thanks, also, to the grade 11 and 12 students that participated in the Glanford Band Camp on Sunday and Monday last week! Thank you for your leadership and musicianship and for helping to develop young musicians in our feeder schools. :)
Pictures and links to galleries can be found on our Media Page.
1.) Band Classes – No change to schedule.
2.) Band 9/10 Practice Cards – Week 7 can now be submitted for marking. On to week 8 now.
3.) Morning / Lunch / Pit Orchestra Rehearsals – No Changes.
*Sr. Concert Band flutes, piccolos, oboes, clarinets – there is a sectional on Monday at lunch to work on runs in Star Trek: First Contact.
4.) Uniform Pick-Up on Monday (6:00pm – 8:00pm in the band room) – Don't forget to pick up your uniforms! Only a few were picked up on the weekend.
5.) Back In Action Band Concert – Please read the running order for more information about our all-bands concert on November 5th at 7:00pm in the school gym. Students are required to be in attendance for concerts in which they are performing. Out of respect for your fellow musicians, students are required to attend the entire concert. This demonstrates a respect and value for the effort of others. Absence from school concerts is considered equivalent to missing a school examination.
6.) MusicFest Trip (Spring 2014)
Last April, the Spectrum Junior & Senior Concert Bands performed at the Regional Music Festival in Port Alberni, BC. Both bands received the highest ratings awarded of SUPERIOR +, qualifying both bands for an invitation to perform at the National Music Festival, May 2014. I am planning to attend the National Music Festival in Richmond, BC with both Concert Bands (this is THE highest calibre festival in Canada in terms of learning, performing, and the guest ensembles/performers/teachers that they bring in). This is an amazing opportunity for these students and the Band Parents Association is planning to financially assist with this opportunity by hopefully covering the costs of the festival fees of $75 per student performing + $38 per student in multiple bands (through fundraising). The cost per student is $225 for the overnight trip (this includes EVERYTHING: ferry, bus, MEALS, attractions/concert admission, hotel accommodation, etc.). All Spectrum Band tours are fully chaperoned, with the number of chaperones based on total tour participants. In order for the Concert Bands to attend MUSICFEST, we require the commitment of a minimum of 80 students.
For planning purposes, we will continue to have many fundraising opportunities for students to earn credits towards this band tour, including monthly bottle drives and Poinsettia Sales. Our October Scrap Metal Drive and ongoing Thrifty Foods Smile Cards fundraisers (both fundraisers allocated at 100% to the Band’s General Funds) will help offset festival fees and transportation costs.
Information is available on our Tours page. Any questions can be directed to our Band Manager, Carol Davis at 250-744-3312 or email@example.com
Poinsettia Sales have now started! Please read the Poinsettia Fundraiser Page on the band website for more information.
Band Requirements (Playing assignments, scales etc.) are due on Monday by 5:00pm. Please submit recordings to the band website by going to www.spectrumband.ca; hover over the "Students" tab, click "Requirements/Online Submission." Band 9 and Band 10 Practice Cards for Week 1 – Week 6 are also due on Monday. I will be away on Monday as I am involved in the Glanford Band Camp. Any practice cards, CDs, Data sticks etc. can be dropped off to the office/put in my mailbox.
1.) Band Classes – Note Changes
Monday - Grade 9s GO TO PE
Tuesday - Band 10, Band 11/12
Wednesday - Band 9
Thursday - Band 10, Band 11/12
Friday - PRO-D Day. No school!
2.) Band 9/10 Practice Cards – Week 6 can be submitted for marking. On to week 7 now.
3.) Morning/Lunch Rehearsals – Note changes.
Monday - Sr. Concert Band CANCELLED
Tuesday - Sr. Jazz Band
Wednesday - Sr.Concert Band
Thursday - Jr. Jazz Band
Friday - PRO-D Day. No school!
4.) Pit Orchestra – No Monday rehearsal. Wednesday, Thursday, from 3:15pm – 4:45pm
5.) "Back In Action" Fall Band Concert - Our first all-bands concert will be held on Tuesday, November 5th at 7:00pm in the Spectrum Gym (students must be in the band room no later than 6:00pm for warm–up, sound checks etc.). Your kids are doing a great job and I hope you are looking forward to hearing them!
6.) Band Parents Meeting – Wednesday, October 23rd - 7:00pm in the school library. All parents are welcome to attend. We will be discussing the band trip to the National Concert Band Festival.
October 26th: Bottle Drive & Scrap Metal Drive 9am-4pm, we are looking for volunteers to help with both fundraisers! Parents are needed for driving for the Bottle Drive. We are looking for some dads with tools to help with disassembling scrap metal donations. We have a huge opportunity to make money for the program's generals accounts (instrument, music, uniform purchases etc.) through the scrap metal drive. Please consider donating and asking your friends, family, co-workers and businesses to donate. Thank you!
Poinsettia Sales: Dates for the Poinsettia fundraiser have changed. Order forms available Oct 28, due Nov 15 and pick will be Thursday, Nov 28th from 6-7:30 in the band room. Please remember when you are selling items to family, friends or the community, you are responsible for the delivery. The school has no storage.
BAND WEAR is now available, orders accepted from Tuesday, Oct 15th until Nov 8th. Choose from T-shirts, Hoodies, sweat pants or Jackets all detailed with the 'SPECTRUM BAND' logo. Order forms available from the band room or on spectrum band website. Questions, can be directed to Carol Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend!
Congratulations to the Pit Orchestra for our senior musical production of "The Drowsy Chaperone!" The "pit" started off really well last week. Looking forward to a good show in the spring!
REQUIREMENTS (PLAYING ASSIGNMENTS, SCALES, ETC) ARE DUE BY OCTOBER 21st at 3:00pm. These can be performed in class, performed for me in private, or submitted on the band website/by email/on a digital camera/smart phone etc.
1.) Band Classes – No change to schedule.
Grade 9s – Band
Grade 10s – PE
Grade 11s/12s – English/Spare
2.) Band 9/10 Practice Cards – Week 5 can be submitted for marking. On to week 6 now.
3.) Morning/Lunch Rehearsals – No change to schedule. ***Remember that we come back on Tuesday - Senior Jazz Band rehearsal in the AM, Junior Jazz Band at Lunch.
4.) Pit Orchestra – Wednesday, Thursday, from 3:15pm – 4:45pm
5.) Marching Band – All concert band students have been given "Holidays on Parade" which will be our winter parade piece. Marching band practices will start in November (after the Back in Action Concert) for the Island Farms Santa's Light Parade (Saturday, November 23rd in the evening. Details coming soon.).
6.) "Back In Action" Fall Band Concert - Our first all-bands concert will be held on Tuesday, November 5th at 7:00pm in the Spectrum Gym (students must be in the band room no later than 6:00pm for warm-up, sound checks etc.). Your kids are doing a great job and I hope you are looking forward to hearing them!
A poster for the concert in .pdf and .jpg formats is available on the Tours and Concerts Page. Your assistance in forwarding this to anyone interested in attending or promoting this concert is greatly appreciated! I also have hard copies available at the school if you would like one for your business. (Please note that participation in performances is a mandatory component of all band classes/performing bands).
7.) Uniform Sewing Nights – Uniform sewing/alteration nights will continue this Wednesday from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the Band Room. Thanks to all of the volunteers that came out to help last week. The uniform moms still have a large amount of work to do on the uniforms and they welcome ALL help! No sewing experience is needed.
8.) Upcoming Dates to Note
Tuesday, 15 October – Band Wear Forms Distributed
Wednesday, 23 October – Band Parents Meeting (7pm – Library)
Saturday, 26 October – Bottle Drive & Scrap Metal Drive (9am -3pm, Parking Lot)/Uniform Pick-up and Travel Auth. Form Collection
Monday, 28 October – Uniform Pick up (6pm-8 pm, Band Room)/Travel Authorization Form Collection
Monday, 28 October – Poinsettia Order Forms Distributed to Students **Note Date Change**
Tuesday, 5 November – Back in Action Concert (ALL BAND STUDENTS, 6pm Call, 7pm Start, Old Gym)
Friday, 8 November – Last Day for Band Wear Orders (3pm, Band Room)
Friday, 8 November – Remembrance Day Observances (Senior Concert Band, Periods 1-4, Theatre)
Thursday, 14 November – Poinsettia Orders DUE (3pm, Band Room) **Note Date Change**
Have a great week and enjoy the sunshine!
THANK YOU for an amazing day on Saturday! To all of our students, band parents, band alumni, parent alumni, family, and friends – a most heartfelt thank you for making our 8th Annual Great Apple Pie Event a massive success. I can't believe we made 1100+ pies in that amount of time! It was also great to see so many students (across all four grades) working together towards completing this goal. I enjoyed getting the chance to meet so many new parents and catch up with returning parents. :) I am really proud of what was accomplished this weekend. Thank you, again.
Doug Butler has uploaded some of his photos to his website. Have a look: http://photography.doug-butler.com/p1038961355 If you have pictures of the event, I would love a copy on a CD or Flashdrive for our bulletin boards, display cases and archives.
***Please note that there is NO Bottle Drive on October 13th – as mentioned on the "Dates to Note" sheet.
1.) Band Classes – No change to schedule.
Grade 9s – PE
Grade 10s – Band
Grade 11s/12s – Band
2.) Band 9/10 Practice Cards – Week 4 can be submitted for marking. On to week 5 now.
3.) Morning/Lunch Rehearsals – No change to schedule.
Jr. Jazz Band Members! You have rehearsals on Monday and Tuesday at Lunch and Thursday at 7:30am. Please don't forget.
4.) Pit Orchestra – Will start THIS Wednesday (October 9th) at 3:15pm – 4:45pm
5.) Uniform Sewing Nights – Uniform sewing/alteration nights will continue this Wednesday from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the Band Room. Thanks to everyone that came out to help last week
6.) San Fransisco Band Tour/"The Nationals" - Unfortunately, due to insufficient numbers, we have decided to cancel the band tour to California. HOWEVER, we ARE planning a smaller scale trip to the MusicFest National Festival that is held in Richmond in May 2014. Both our junior and senior concert bands received invitations to perform at "the Nationals" after receiving GOLD (SUPERIOR-PLUS) ratings at the Vancouver Island Concert Band Festival in April. We are currently working on an itinerary and travel plan that will be affordable for all families (we also have some very profitable individual fundraisers coming up soon). We also hope to have information for the Germany 2015 Band Tour soon. More information to follow.
7.) Scrap Metal Fundraiser - Our next large-scale fundraiser is our Scrap Metal recycling fundraiser which is running NOW until Saturday, October 26th. This is a fundraiser for the band program general account that will help pay for festival entrance fees as well as raise funds for much needed instruments, music, supplies, and uniforms.
To help us achieve our fundraising goals we are asking for your support through the donation of any amount of scrap metal. Scrap metal materials can be dropped off now till October 25th at ‘Schnitzer Steel’ (307 David St, Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm).
Advise the yard attendant your metal is being donated to ‘SPECTRUM SCHOOL BAND/SCRAP DRIVE’. The band will also be collecting metal donations at the school, 957 Burnside Rd, Saturday, October 26 from 9:00am-2:00pm.
***Check out our business donation letter (if you know of a business that would be interested in donating scrap metal) and our flyer advertising this event. Please feel free to distribute these as you see fit.***
More information is also available on the band website: http://spectrumbandvictoria.weebly.com/scrap-metal-recycling-2013.html
Thanks, everyone! Have a great week!
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