Thank you for another successful New Orleans Jazz Night! The bands played very well and the desserts were outstanding from what I've heard - thank you to Chef Humeniuk and the Culinary Arts Class! Thank you to all of my students for their hard work in making this night happen whether through playing in the bands/combo, serving, setting-up, or helping with tear-down. Also, I thought the change of venue to the New Gym worked quite well. Thank you to Ainslie Lowe and Breanna Lowe for all of their hard work organizing and to the Band Parents Association for making sure things ran smoothly. Finally, congratulations to all of our silent auction and raffle prize winners!
Here's what we have on the go this week:
1.) Band Classes in Period 1 and 2:
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 11/12 in Period 2, Band 9 in Period 1.
Friday – Band 10 in Period 1, 11s/12s to English in Period 2.
Grade 9/10 Practice Cards: Continue recording for week 32, turn in week 31 for marking please.
2.) Morning/Lunch/After School Rehearsals:
Monday - Sr. Concert Band at 7:30am (Rehearsal Order: Sado, October, Northwoods, Folk Dances), Jr. Jazz Band at Lunch.
Tuesday – Sr. Concert Band at 7:30am (Workshop with Dr. Gerald King), Jr. Jazz Band at Lunch.
Wednesday – No Morning Rehearsal, Sr. Jazz Band at Lunch.
Thursday – MARCHING BAND AT 7:30am, Sr. Jazz Band at Lunch.
Friday – MARCHING BAND AT 7:30am, Drumline Section Practice at Lunch (Theatre).
3.) Concert/Jazz Workshops This Week
Tuesday AM: Sr. Concert Band - Dr. Gerald King returns to Spectrum this week to work with our Sr. Band from 7:30am - 9:50am (Period 2) on Tuesday. Please be prepared to focus on Folk Dances, October, and Northwoods. Grade 9 and 10 students who are in the Sr. Band will be excused from Period 2 classes.
Tuesday PM: Jazz Bands - The Capilano University Jazz Program will be visiting Spectrum on Tuesday afternoon as part of their tour through BC. "Cap" is recognized as one of Canada's top jazz training institutions (and it's in Vancouver!) offering a 2 year diploma and a 4 year degree in jazz studies. We will hear performances from their A Band (big band) and Nitecap (vocal jazz) and learn about post-secondary and career options for musicians. All jazz band students will be excused from their Period 3 class. Please meet in the theatre at 2:00pm. Non-jazz band students who wish to attend this workshop/performance - please see me ASAP on Monday.
4.) Bottle Drive on Saturday
Our 6th Bottle Drive is this Saturday, April 30th from 9:00am - 1:00pm in the school parking lot with a BBQ lunch to follow. We already have 30 students signed up to participate but we can always use more. Double credits will be allocated to parents who volunteer to drive students on routes.
Kelly from the Bottle Depot will be here at 9:00am for a special phot-op as the Band has won 1st Place in the Bottle Depot Recycling contest - a grand prize of $3894 for the program! Our bottle drives have raised over $10,000 in the last year. Wow! In addition to this we are also sitting at 2nd place in the 'Return It Schools' contest with a potential prize of $750. Thank you for supporting our fundraising efforts!
5.) Senior Concert Band Performance - Thursday, May 5th in the Theatre
Our Senior Concert Band will be performing a Spring Concert on Thursday, May 5th in the school theatre. The program will include some of the challenging repertoire that they have been preparing over the last few months. Admission is by donation at the door. Call time is 6:00pm for students and the concert starts at 7:00pm. We hope to see you there!
6.) Marching Band Important Dates
Please note the following dates for Marching Band performances. Parades are considered mandatory performances unless students are excused by their parents ahead of time.
Parents/Students - we are in need of hair braiders for each of the parades. Please let me know if you can help with this.
Saturday, May 14 - Esquimalt Buccaneers Day Parade
Call Time: 8:30am at the corner of Old Esquimalt Rd and Aldebury St.
Start Time: 10:00am / Finished by 11:00am at the corner of Admirals Rd. and Esquimalt Rd.
Saturday, May 14 - BC Provincial Soccer Championships
Call Time: 1:00pm at Westhills Stadium in Langford
Start Time: 1:45pm / Finished by 2:00pm.
Sunday, May 22 - Weekend Practice before Victoria Day Parade
Call Time: 5:45pm at Tillicum Mall Upper Parking Lot (Old Navy / Safeway Side)
Start Time: 6:00pm / Finished at 7:00pm
Note: Uniforms NOT required.
Monday, May 23 - Victoria Day Parade
Call Time: 7:45am at Mayfair Mall Parking Lot
Start Time: 9:00am / Finish time will depend on our placement in the parade (TBA). Students can be picked up behind the Empress Hotel.
Saturday, June 4 - Oak Bay Tea Party Parade
Call Time: 9:00am at Windsor Park (corner of Newport Ave. and Windsor Rd.)
Start Time: 10:30am / Finish at 11:45am at Willows Beach Park.
Thanks for all of your hard work, support, and dedication to music!