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!
Here's what we are looking at for this week. Thanks to everyone who sold Mothers Day Hanging Baskets and to the Marching Band for an excellent Spring start-up!
1.) Morning Rehearsals
Monday - Jr. Jazz Band
Tuesday - Sr. Concert Band
Wednesday - Sr. Jazz Band
Thursday - Marching Band
Friday - None (Good Friday)
Monday 2 April - Band 9
Tuesday 3 April - Band 10, Band 11/12
Wednesday 4 April - Band 9
Thursday 5 April - Band 10, Band 11/12
3.) Requirements and Practice Cards (Band 9 and 10) are due on Thursday by 5:00pm. No lates can be accepted. Please refer to my previous emails for ways to submit your playing requirements. I will be in my office after school each day until 5pm for students wishing to complete requirements with me.
4.) Photos from the Band Tour - photos have been uploaded to Facebook and you can view them by following this link. You do not need Facebook to view them: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.185660821551277.38456.103143009803059&&l=ae056e4f7a
Important Upcoming Performances:
1.) Hampton Little League Opening (6th year in a row!) - All members of the Jr. Concert Band will be performing at the Hampton Little League opening ceremonies on Sunday April 15th. The call time for students is 11:30am at Hampton Park (Near Tillicum Mall). A running order will be made available this week once I have confirmed details with the ceremony organizers. Parents, we are in need of help with transporting chairs, stands and equipment from the school - if you have a truck and can help with this, please email me ASAP.
2.) A Touch of New Orleans Jazz and Dessert Night - On Friday, April 20th, Spectrum Band produces our large program fundraiser. "New Orleans Night" features performances from the jazz bands while we serve delectable desserts from Cakes Etc. ALL students are required to participate in this event (those who are not in a jazz band will sign up for set-up, take-down, serving, and food-preparation shifts). Please mark this date on your calendar! More infromation will be available soon.
There is a Band Parents Association Meeting on Wednesday, April 11th - a large portion of this meeting will be used for planning and arranging for New Orleans Night. Parents, If you are interested in helping out with this event please attend.Thanks to Maureen Butler, Carol Davis, and Sue Issel, we have a TON of prizes and Silent Auction items up for grabs at this event. Do check it out!
Thanks everyone! Have a great week!
Here are some updates for the week of February 13th - 18th.
1.) Rehearsal Schedule Change - There will be NO JUNIOR JAZZ BAND on Monday morning from now until Spring Break (replaced with TOUR BAND REHEARSALS). The Tour Band will also rehearse on Fridays at Lunch (except this Friday).
Morning Band This Week:
Monday - Tour Band
Tuesday - Sr. Concert Band
Wednesday - Sr. Jazz Band
Thursday - Sr. Concert Band
Friday - NONE - PRO D**
Lunch This Week:
Monday - Sr. Jazz Band
Tuesday - Jr. Jazz Band
Wednesday - Jr. Jazz Band
Thursday - Sr. Jazz Band
Friday - NONE - PRO-D**
2.) **Pit Orchestra Schedule
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday - 3:15pm to 4:45pm
FRIDAY (Yes. This rehearsal is on the PRO. D Day. Pizza Lunch will be provided.) - 9am to 3pm
SATURDAY (Dress Rehearsal in the THEATRE. Pizza lunch will be provided.) - 10am to 5pm (9:30am Call time for musicians)
Tickets for our Sr. Musical production on "Hairspray" are on sale now at the school (Ph. 250-479-8271, payment by cash or cheque). The show runs February 24, 25, 29 and March 1, 2, 3, and 4th. (All shows are at 7:30pm except for March 4th which is a Matinee at 2:00pm). Please see the poster under the 'Tours and Concerts' tab and send it to friends, post on Facebook, etc. if you can!
3.) Semester 1 Marks - If you would like an update on your student's Semester 1 (Term 1 and 2) marks please let me know and I can send those home.
4.) Jr. Band Spring Concert - The Junior Concert Band and Junior Jazz Band will be performing with Glanford and Colquitz on MONDAY, MARCH 5th in the GYM at 7:00pm. Attendance for all grade 9 and 10 band students, and any TAs involved with the junior ensembles, is mandatory. Please see the poster under the 'Tours and Concerts' tab! Please help advertise this concert by posting to Facebook or emailing to friends and family. The junior bands have been working very hard and this will be a good concert!
5.) Edmonton Band Tour - We are a few weeks away from our next great escape to Alberta! Hard copies of tour forms have been sent home with students and need to be returned by February 25th.
Note: A 100% attendance policy for all classes (band and other subjects) and rehearsals for all tour students is now in effect. Students with unexcused absences jeopardize their participation in this extra-curricular activity with no refund of tour payments possible.
That's it for now! Please let me know if you have any questions!
Here are some notes for the week of September 26th:
1.) Great Apple Pie Event / Apple Pie Orders - ALL ORDERS AND MONEY ARE DUE on Monday September the 26th by 3:00pm. No late orders can be accepted.
IF YOU ARE ABLE TO DONATE APPLES CAN YOU PLEASE EMAIL CAROL DAVIS (firstname.lastname@example.org) OR SUE ISSEL (email@example.com)
Sign Up Sheets will be available on the Band Room Door for:
Friday, September 30 (4pm - 6pm): Apple Pie Prep (Apple washing, Cafeteria Setup)
Saturday, October 1st (9am Start): Apple Pie Event (Mixing, Making, Bag/Tag) Pies will be ready for pick up starting at 12 noon. Please make arrangements to pick up/deliver your pies on Saturday! There is very little storage at the school.
***Students receive credits including credits for parent help for hours worked and $2 for each apple pie sold.
***Lunch of beef hot dogs will be provided. If you have any dietary restrictions please plan accordingly!
***If you can bring your own peelers, cutting boards, slicers etc, that's great! Please make sure they are labeled clearly with your name.
2.) Uniforms - Mr. Lee will be available for one FINAL uniform fitting DURING THE APPLE PIE EVENT ON SATURDAY FOR THE 20 STUDENTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN SIZED. This is your LAST opportunity to be fitted!
Tuesday, September 27th (6pm - 8pm): Sewing party. PARENT HELP NEEDED! All levels of sewing welcome: we need hands to sew, put uniforms together, label uniforms and iron.
***Mark your calendar with the following sewing dates: Oct 4, 11 & 18. All from 6-8 in band room.
3.) Alberta Band Tour - Trip payments due September 30th for Edmonton Tour. Please include 4 $250 post dated checks for each payment date. If you would like to use your student account please fill out a reimbursement form and hand it to Sue or Carol by the payment date. Cheques will be returned. If no cheques are received by the due date your spot will be given to someone else. (Sorry no refunds. Please note that ALL payments for this tour are non-refundable).
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