My name is Parker Jolliffe and I am your son or daughter’s band teacher at Spectrum Community School. I would like to extend a warm 'welcome back' to our returning families and a big welcome to our new families and new students! Thank you for choosing Spectrum and choosing to be in our music program. I hope you find your year rewarding and challenging.
If you are new to the Spectrum Band Program, I send an email update every Sunday afternoon to keep everyone apprised of what’s going on this week. It’s a busy program and this helps to keep everyone on the same page. From time to time, you may receive emails from our Spectrum Band Parents Executive. We had a great first week with classes doing some musical and non-musical activities for the year. Things are already shaping up for another positive, successful, and fun year!
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Please take some time to read over this initial email, they are not usually this lengthy but it serves to help everyone navigate our program easier.
1.) Band Classes in Period 1 and 2:
Monday – Band 10 Block A (Band 9 PE)
Tuesday – Band 11/12 Block B, Band 9 Block A
Wednesday – Band 10 in Block A (Band 9 PE)
Thursday – Band 11/12 Block B, Band 9 Block A
Friday – Band 9 in Block A, Band 11/12 Block B
2.) Morning, Lunch, After School Rehearsals:
Monday - None, Jr. Jazz, None
Tuesday – Sr. Jazz at 7:30am, Sr. Jazz at lunch, Instrument Questions
Wednesday – Sr. Concert Band at 7:30am, Choir @ lunch, None
Thursday – Jr. Concert band @ 7:30am , Jr. Jazz @ Lunch, None
Friday - Jr. Jazz Band at 7:30am, Sr. Jazz @ Lunch, None.
- All morning rehearsals start promptly at 7:30am.
- I am available for extra help after school.
- Pit Orchestra Rehearsals will begin in late September when our music arrives from NYC.
3.) Band Information Night and Band Parents Association Meeting – Wednesday, September 11th, 7pm
This Wednesday, I will be hosting an information night for all parents at 7:00pm in my classroom. If you are new to the band program, come learn what it’s all about. Bring your questions! Following that meeting will be the first meeting of the Spectrum Band Parents Association. The Band Parents Association is a TREMENDOUS help in raising funds to support the band program as well as organizing/issuing uniforms, publicity and promotion, and much more. ALL parents are welcome to attend the meetings. They are always looking for new parents to help organize fundraiser and coordinate various events.
4) Spectrum Band Website
Please make yourselves familiar with our website and bookmark what you find helpful: www.spectrumband.ca
Daily Rehearsal Schedule: http://spectrumbandvictoria.weebly.com/rehearsal-schedule.html
Performance Schedule: http://spectrumbandvictoria.weebly.com/2019-2020-performance-dates.html
Monthly Calendar of Events: http://spectrumbandvictoria.weebly.com/2019-2020-calendar.html
5) Spectrum Band Chuck-a-Puck September 27th
Our first fundraiser of the year is just around the corner :) Thank you to Christine Surridge for spearheading this event. The Spectrum Band Program will be participating in the Chuck-a-Puck for the Victoria Royals Home Opener!! This is a tremendous opportunity for us to make some money for our program. We will need volunteers to help sell pucks that night, and ticket order information will be sent out very soon along with a digital sign up form in the next email.
More information to follow. I can't wait for another fantastic year in the Spectrum Band Program. I look forward to catching up with you all soon!
Director of Bands
Spectrum Community School
957 Burnside Road West
Victoria, BC V8Z 6E9
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