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
Thanks for a good first week. Here's what's on the go for this week:
1.) Band Classes
Monday – Band 9 (First day with instruments!)
Tuesday – Band 10, 11/12
Wenesday – Band 9
Thursday– Band 10, 11/12
Friday – Band 9
2.) Morning Concert Band Rehearsals / Jazz Bands / Pit Orchestra
Senior Concert Band will start on Thursday morning and Jr. Concert Band will start on Friday morning. Both rehearsals start promptly as 7:30am. :) We will rehearse for about 30 minutes and then we will have our annual Band Breakfasts – thanks to the Spectrum Culinary Arts Program for providing a PANCAKE BREAKFAST for our two concert bands!
Junior Jazz Band will begin rehearsing on Wednesday at Lunch and Sr. Jazz Band will begin rehearsing on Thursday at Lunch.
All regular concert band and jazz band rehearsals will be running in the following week once our start up is complete.
There will be a meeting for any students interested in Pit Orchestra for this year's senior musical "In The Heights" on Monday at Lunch in the Band Room. We will begin rehearsing at the end of September as music has not arrived from NYC yet. The music is very exciting! A combination of rock, jazz, latin, pop, and rap!
3.) Fall Forms
Fall Start Up forms are due back on Monday by 3pm. Your assistance in returning these ASAP is greatly appreciated – lots of kids and lots of information to process! :) . Please make sure that you post-date the DAMAGE DEPOSIT Uniform Cheque (cheque #1) only. I will be returning cheques tomorrow to some students as some of the dates are wrong.
4.) Upcoming Dates to Note
Wednesday, 12 September – First Band Parents Meeting (7:00pm - Library)
Monday, 17 September – Uniform Sizing in Band Room (6pm-8pm) - All students must attend one uniform sizing date.
Monday, 17 September – Thrifty Smile Cards Distributed (during Uniform Sizing)
Wednesday, 19 September – Uniform Sizing in Band Room (6pm-8pm) - All students must attend one uniform sizing date.
Friday, 21 September – Last Day for Apple Pie Orders (3pm – Bandroom)
As always, please email me with any questions.
Director of Bands
Spectrum Community School
957 Burnside Road West
Victoria, BC Canada
Tel: +1.250.479.8271 (Ext 512)
THANK YOU all for the wonderful concert on Tuesday night at the Alix Goolden Hall! Thanks to all of those family members and friends that attended and supported our musicians. A special thanks to our Band Grads for their words and support. Congratulations to all of our award winners!
If you have photos or videos - can I get a copy? I would love to share these with our students as we head to the end of the year. Thanks!
1.) Marching Band / Esquimalt Buccaneers Day Parade - Saturday, June 9th.
There is a FINAL marching band practice on Friday at 7:30 am.
The running order for the Esquimalt Buccaneers Day Parade can be found here.
Student need to meet on Old Esquimalt Rd at 8:00am. We should be done by10:45 am.
2.) Year End - Equipment / Instrument Returns
BAND 9 STUDENTS - Please make sure that you have your folders at school tomorrow.
ALL music folders, school-owned instruments, marching band instruments, drums, flags, flag-holsters, carol band folders, loaner instruments,sticks and mallets MUST be returned to the band room (for inventory /repairs / cleaning purposes) on MONDAY, JUNE 11th.
Students needing instruments to complete requirements and for summer practice will be able to sign them out again.
3.) Uniform Return Nights
We will be holding 2 uniform return nights: Wednesday, June 13th and Thursday, June 14th from 6pm - 8pm in the Band Room. Please pick a night to drop off your uniforms (deposit cheques will be returned after auniform inspection) ***Please do not bring uniforms to school as uniformsare handled by the Band Parents Association.***
4.) Final Dates to Note
June 15: Band 9, 10, 11, 12 Requirements and Practice Cards are DUE (Note that this has been extended from June 12th.
June 16: Last Bottle Drive and Student/Parent Appreciation BBQ (9am - 1pmat Spectrum)
June 20th: Spectrum Band Parents Association Annual General Meeting &Elections (7:00pm, Library)
Here's what's happening this week! Like this past week, it's a big one. Thank you for continuing to work hard, practice, play and smile!
First of all, thank you to our Sr. Jazz Band and Jr. Jazz Band who both had community gigs this week.
***This was sent to me by one of the parent volunteers at McKenzie Elementary, regarding the Sr. Jazz Band students: "Dear Mr. Davis, I just wanted to send a quick note. I am a parent who was helping with the celebrations last night and wanted to let you know that I was very impressed with your band, not only because they are amazingly talented but also because throughout the evening I had several encounters with your students who were helpful to those of us packing things around the hallways. Several of your students offered to help carry things, as well as opening doors for me while my hands were full, they were all very polite and helpful, so a big thank you to all of them for being such a wonderful group of people!
1.) Morning Rehearsals This Week:
Mon - Marching Band
Tues - Sr. Concert Band
Wed - Marching Band
Thurs - Marching Band
Fri - Marching Band
2.) Class Schedule (Note Changes)
Mon - Band 9
Tues - Band 10, Band 11/12
Wed - Band 9
Thurs - **Band 9 AND 10 combined class
Fri - Band 9
3.) Upcoming Performances
Sr. Concert Band Spring Concert - Tuesday, May 15th, 7:00pm in the Theatre. FREE admission. Student call time is 6:15pm in full uniform onstage in the theatre. A RUNNING ORDER CAN BE FOUND HERE.
Jr Jazz performs for Grade 8 Orientation - Thursday, Period 2. Students will need to be in the Band Room at the beginning of Period 2. Uniforms are NOT required. :) A RUNNING ORDER CAN BE FOUND HERE.
4.) Marching Band / Victoria Day Parade
The marching band is doing very well right now. While this is a large band with many people in the sections, EVERYONE is important. Please do your best to be on time (early) for rehearsals this week. Thank you to the section leaders, and senior students that have been running section practices for students to get everyone on the same page...or foot! Your leadership is outstanding!
***BIG NEWS: SPECTRUM HAS THE HONOUR OF LEADING THE VICTORIA DAY PARADE AS THE FIRST CANADIAN ENTRY AFTER THE ISLAND FARMS FLOAT!***
***PLEASE READ THE PARADE INSTRUCTIONS FOUND HERE. THEY ARE VITALLY IMPORTANT.***
***STUDENTS WITH UNIFORM ISSUES NEED TO LET ME KNOW BY TUESDAY THIS WEEK (PANT HEMS ETC.) PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE THESE TO THE LAST MINUTE.***
Friday May 18 - Make sure EVERYTHING goes home after school. We cannot transport large instruments as vehicles are not allowed in our marshaling area. Please make your own arrangements for flags, sousaphones, percussion, banners, etc.
Sunday May 20 - WEEKEND PRACTICE at Tillicum Mall (upper parking lot by Old Navy/Safeway. Student call time is 5:30pm. We will step off at 6pm and the practice will be finished at 7pm.
Monday May 21 - PARADE DAY - Everyone MUST be on time (7:40 or earlier). As we are the first band in our section of the parade we MUST be all ready to step off early. Please make sure that you are familiar with the parade instruction.
3.) Year End Band Concert
The Year End Band Concert (June 5th, 7:00pm) has been MOVED to The Victoria Conservatory of Music (instead of Beacon Hill Park). We will be performing in the Alix Goolden Performance Hall... a hall with some of the best acoustics on the island!
4.) Grade 12 Scholarship Letters
If you asked me for a scholarship letter I will have these ready by Monday at 3:00pm. Thank you for your patience as I have 23 letters to write.
THANK YOU ALL FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO: STUDENTS AND PARENTS ALIKE! :)
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 (email@example.com) OR SUE ISSEL (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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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