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!
We have a busy week ahead of us with our Back in Action Concert on Tuesday night and Remembrance Day Observances on Friday. Here are the details:
Monday – Band 9 & 10 Combined, Band 11/12
Tuesday – Band 9 & 10 Combined
Wednesday – Band 10, Band 11/12
Thursday – Band 9
Friday – None (Remembrance Day Performances in Theatre – Band 9/10 students - if not in Sr. Concert Band go to PE)
***Practice Cards for Week 8 can now be submitted. On to Week 9!
2.) Morning Band
Monday – Sr. Concert Band
Tuesday – Jr. Jazz Band
Wednesday – NONE! Sleep in! :)
Thursday – Sr. Concert Band
Friday – Sr. Concert Band 7:30am call time for Remembrance Day Observances. No Jr. Concert Band rehearsal.
3.) Band Concert – Tuesday, November 6th – 7:00pm
Our Fall Band Concert is on Tuesday at 7:00pm in the Old Gymnasium. Students need to be at Spectrum, in the band room, no later than 5:45pm in uniform. PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE RUNNING ORDER - lots of important information. The Media Arts program will be recording a DVD of the concert that is available for purchase. Order forms will be in your concert programs. Admission is by donation with proceeds going towards the purchase of new instruments, equipment, uniforms, and music.
4.) Remembrance Day – Sr. Concert Band
The Senior Concert Band will be performing for four Remembrance Day Observances during class time on Friday, November 9th. Sr Band members must be at school, in uniform no later than 7:30am on Friday. Teachers have been made aware that you will be missing classes – please ensure that you speak to them to get your homework. These are full uniform performances – long black socks!. Thank you to Matt Montgomery for being our bugler for 'The Last Post' and 'Reveille' this year. PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE RUNNING ORDER FOR MORE DETAILS.
5.) Fundraising / Dates To Note
Poinsettia Sales begin on Monday! DOWNLOAD THE ORDER FORM HERE. The quality of the plants is always excellent! 100% of the profits made on this year's sales go to student accounts.
Upcoming Dates To Note
Monday, 5 November – Poinsettia Order Forms Distributed
Tuesday, 6 November – Back in Action Concert (All Bands – 5:45pm call - 7pm start – old gym)
Friday, 9 November – Last Day for Band Wear Orders (3pm – Bandroom)
Friday, 9 November – Remembrance Day Observances (Snr Concert Band 7:30am Call, Periods 1-4)
Saturday, 17 November – Island Farms Santa Light Parade (Marching Band, 5 pm – Empress Hotel)
Tuesday, 20 November – Hermann’s Jazz Night (Jazz Bands, 5-7 Hermann’s Jazz Club) Wednesday, 21 November – Band Parents Meeting (7pm – Library)
Saturday, 24 November – Bottle Drive (9am -1pm)
Monday, 26 November – Last Day for Poinsettia Orders (3pm – Bandroom)
Friday, 30 November - Payment due Band Tour ($400)
Thanks for a good week. Kids are, understandably, tired right now after the pie weekend and a busy week. Get some rest this weekend and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Here's what we are looking at for next week:
1.) Morning Band / Classes
Monday – None; None
Tuesday – Jr. Jazz Band; Band 10, Band 11/12
Wednesday – Sr. Jazz Band; Band 9
Thursday – Sr. Concert Band; Band 10, Band 11/12
Friday – Jr. Concert Band; Band 9
Band 9/10 Practice cards for Week 4 can be turned in. On to Week 5!
2.) Practice Goals:
Listed below are the tunes that students should be working on preparing for our first concert. As always, if you need help, PLEASE ask if you are having trouble with any of these pieces.
Jr. Concert Band: Gadget, Nintendo Power, Storybrook Mountain, Crimestoppers, Motown Forever
Sr. Concert Band: Prime Time Toon Revue, Totem Pole, African Dreams, Tir Na Nog, Procession of The Sorcerers, (Sleep – for Remembrance Day)
Jr. Jazz: Mambo Jambo, Horns +Rhythm, Walk The Dinosaur, Plunger Power, Super-sized
Sr. Jazz: Feels So Good, Blue Rondo, Barnburner, Trick Shot, I Want You Back
3.) Band Bottle Drive – Saturday October 13 (9am – 1pm)
We have a bottle drive from 9am – 1pm on Saturday. All students and parents are welcome to come out and help fundraise for student band accounts and the general band account. We need LOTS of parent drivers and students to help make these fundraisers successful – please sign up in the band room or email back to let us know you can help out. Parents who are driving students need to fill out a 'Volunteer Driver Information and Authorization Form' and submit it to the school office before the bottle drive. Click here to download the form (you will also need a photocopy of both sides of your driver's license, and a photocopy of your Vehicle Registration/Insurance). The Band Parents Association will be providing a hot-dog lunch for participants at the end of the bottle drive, too! :)
4.) Band Concert Poster – November 6
While we are about a month away from our first band concert, please help us get the word out about it! Visit the Tours and Concerts page to download our concert poster. Please share with friends/family/coworkers, on Facebook/Twitter, and by email. Let's pack the gym for our first performance of the 2012-2013 school year!
5.) Marching Band
The marching band will be participating in the Victoria Santa's Light Parade on Saturday November 17th (5pm call time at the BC Legislature buildings). All grade 9 –12 concert band students are expected to participate in this ensemble (unless a significant health problem is of concern). Students have been asked to memorize 2 pieces of music by the week of October 22nd in preparation for a full-band practice during that week. Parents, your assistance in encouraging your students to practice is always appreciated. Thanks!
6.) Upcoming Dates to Note
Wednesday, 10 October – Uniform Sewing Night (6pm – 8pm) - Thanks to everyone that came out to help last week. We can always use more help, though!
Saturday, 13 October – Bottle Drive (9am –1pm)
Monday, 15 October – Band Wear Forms distributed in classes
Wednesday, 24 October – Band Parent Meeting (7pm – Library)
Friday, 26 October – Payment due Band Tour ($400)
Wednesday, 17 October – Uniform Sewing Night (6pm – 8pm)
Monday, 29 October – Uniform Pick up (6pm-8 pm) MANDATORY
It was great to meet some new parents at our Meet The Teacher Night on Thursday! Also, a big thanks to the students and parents that helped with our "Morning With A Pro" on Saturday for our middle school music students! It was a great morning with lots of learning! We are moving in to a big week this week with lots of info to know. Here we go…
**Band 9/10 can turn in Practice card Week 2 for marking. Now on week 3.
Monday – Band 9
Tuesday – Band 10, 11/12
Wednesday – Band 9
Thursday – Band 10, 11/12
Friday – Band 9
2.) Performing Bands
All performing bands are running (with the exception of the Pit Orchestra which will start soon)
Jr. Jazz Band: Monday Lunch, Tuesday AM, Wednesday Lunch
Sr. Jazz Band: Tuesday Lunch, Wednesday AM, Thursday Lunch
Jr. Concert Band: Friday AM
Sr. Concert Band: Monday AM, Thursday AM
3.) Uniform Sewing Night
Thank you to everyone that attended a uniform sizing night last weekend. The band parents will be holding a sewing night on Wednesday night this week in the Band Room from 6-8pm (lots of hemming, organizing, and maintenance things to do to keep our bands looking awesome). They are looking for volunteers to come out and help as it's a big job. New sewing experience is necessary as there are a lot of non-sewing jobs to do too. Please contact Lynda Charchuk and Jen Lindsay if you are able to help.
4.) The Great Apple Pie Event
Pie orders have been extended to Monday September 24th!! :) Please turn in all forms and money by Monday at lunch. Incomplete or late orders cannot be filled.
Apple Donations – apple donations can be brought to the band room anytime on Friday this week. If you have to bring them earlier please let me know.
Apple Pickers – We have had a number of community houses and orchards donate apples but they require people to come and pick. We are currently looking for parent volunteers with vehicles to help drive students to these locations. Please email Sue Pyke if you are able to help with this. Some students have indicated that they are interested in picking apples – I will be checking with their teachers this week to make sure this is okay.
Friday – Parent volunteers are needed from 4pm – 8pm to help with set-up in the kitchen / cafeteria.
Saturday – The big day! We start at 9am in the school's cafeteria and go until the last pie is made. We need lots of help!! Students should be signing up themselves and any parents that are coming in the band room – this helps us to know how much lunch to make. Parents, you are welcome to bring your own peelers, knives, boards, etc but please make sure that they are clearly labeled. Pies will be ready for pick-up starting at noon. Please make arrangements to pick up your order as there is no storage available at the school.
Sunday – Last order pick-up from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the school.
5.) Upcoming Dates to Note
Friday, 28 September – Payment due Band Tour ($400 - $800 if no deposit provided in May/June)
Friday, 28 September – Set Up Apple Pie Event (students 4pm-6pm, parents 4pm-8pm)
Saturday, 29 September – Apple Pie Making Day (9am-5pm w/pick up starting at noon)
Sunday, 30 September – Apple Pie Final Pick up (10am-12pm)
Saturday, 13 October – Bottle Drive (9am -1pm)
Have a great week and see you on Saturday!!
Thanks again to all students and parents who helped make our 3rd New Orleans fundraiser another success!
Just a reminder we have our Botttle Drive this Saturday, April 28th, from 9 till 1 in the school parking lot but to make this successful we need more parent and student help!
We require at least 12 parent drivers to take students canvassing for bottles, 4 or 5 parents to help sort and bag bottles and LOTS of students! Students will receive an extra credit to their band accounts for each parent that can help.
Please let either Sue or myself know if you can help, even helping for as little as 1 hour makes a difference to the overall success of the Bottle Drives!
Also Mother's Day hanging baskets will be available for pick up at the bottle drive from 9-1, we are unable to store baskets so please plan ahead! A hot dog lunch will be provided.
If you are planning to travel on next years band tour to Disneyland you can use money you earn at bottle drives to help with travel costs.
Hope to see you Saturday!!!!!
Carol (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Sue (email@example.com)
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!
Hi Everyone, Here are some updates for the week of February 20th - 25th.
1.) Rehearsal Schedule
Morning Band This Week:
Monday - Tour Band
Tuesday - Sr. Concert Band
Wednesday - Sr. Jazz Band
Thursday - Sr. Concert Band
Friday - Jr. Concert Band
Lunch This Week:
Monday - Sr. Jazz Band
Tuesday - Jr. Jazz Band
Wednesday - Jr. Jazz Band
Thursday - Sr. Jazz Band
Friday - Tour Band
2.) Pit Orchestra Schedule (Some Changes)
Monday - 3:00pm to 5:00pm (Cleaning and rehearsing)
Wednesday - 3:00pm to 6:00pm (Full run with cast members)
Thursday - No Rehearsal
Friday & Saturday - Shows start at 7:30pm. Orchestra call time is 6:00pm in the pit for warm-up, tuning, a few final runs before we start.
It's going to be great! Tickets are still available through the Spectrum main office. Call 250-479-8271 to get your tickets.
3.) Dates To Note - A revised set of dates to note (pink sheet) was handed out in all classes and rehearsals last week. There are some changes and additions to our performance schedule from now until the end of the year. If your student has not brought this home, please see the 'Calendar Page'. :)
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. A poster is attached! 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.) Bottle Drive / Tour Band Uniform Inspection - The Spectrum Band Parents association will be having a bottle drive on Saturday February 25th from 9am-1:00pm. A sign up sheet for students will be in the band room on Monday.
A uniform inspection for Tour Band members will also be happening - if you are in tour band please make arrangements to drop by with your uniform so it can be checked over by the Band Parents (this is not a long process and you do not have to stay the entire 4 hours). Thank you for helping to uphold our excellent standard for appearance! :)
Thanks everyone! We are becoming pretty busy right now but your kids are working hard and I am really enjoying working with all of them.
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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