Band This Week: April 29 – May 3, Star Wars Dance, Band Clinics, Mother’s Day Concert

Band This Week: April 29 – May 3, Star Wars Dance, Band Clinics, Mother’s Day Concert


Thanks for your hard work last week!

Our band classes, Blue Band, and the Jazz Bands are really coming along! I was so impressed at the end of the week with your playing – lots of  musical moments, some excellent sight-reading, and GOOD TONE from all sections! Keep it up folks! We will continue to do some more sight-reading this week. 

Marching Band was REALLY solid MUSICALLY! Keep working on memorizing, playing stylistically, and playing dynamics! Our first priority is MUSIC. ALWAYS. 🙂 Your second priority is staying in straight ranks and files. The WHEELS (turns) will come in time – don’t stress about them (we make 1, maybe 2 wheels in a parade). Also, a big thanks to Shelby, Shiho, and Kay for running a Colour Party cadence sectional on Friday afternoon! It’s time to step up our rehearsal game a little this week – we rehearse on Wednesday and Friday. 

Thank you for your help around the band room last week. Thanks to: Mr. Aerts for a new storage area for our gear and music stand racks, our custodians for some extra storage space in a dungeon,  “musician power” for doing some heavy lifting, and some help from the wood-shop classes this week, we will have another fully functioning practice room by the end of the week! A computer workstation with composition software (and recording equipment next year) will be installed soon. 

Congratulations to Ms. Kerr’s vocal jazz students for their performances at the Vocal Jazz Festival this weekend! I really enjoyed your performance in the afternoon and enjoyed watching you learn from your Soundsation adjudicators! Bravo, everyone! 🙂

We have a busy week ahead… classes, rehearsals, marching band, clinics, and a huge fundraising event! Stay in the loop and look after yourselves and each other. Thank you for all that you do in our school and in our community! 


Jamie Davis



1.) May The 4th Be With You Dance Fundraiser

Our joint FUNdraiser with Cedar Hill Middle School is just around the corner and WE NEED YOUR HELP! 

We invite you to mark the evening of May 4th in your calendars as a “Don’t Miss” social event – a Star Wars/Sci Fi-themed dance in support of the music programs at Reynolds Secondary and Cedar Hill Middle Schools. This 19+ event is being held at Cedar Hill Middle School and will feature a bar, a raffle and live music from the Bobby Dazzler Band (
So, dust down your lightsabers, dig out your Jedi robes, and get down to a galaxy not so very far away for a fun night that will benefit music students at Reynolds and Cedar Hill!

HELP (me Obi-Wan Kenobi) NEEDED: 

Parents – The dance committee is calling on all parents at Reynolds to come out and support the May the 4th Dance next week. Buy your tickets and volunteer to help out any way you can. The link to the volunteer sign up page is HERE.

Students – We are in need of volunteers to help with set-up on FRIDAY, May 3rd at 1:45pm at Cedar Hill Middle School! Please sign-up in the band room if you are able to help.

Decorations – We are also in need of Star Wars-themed decorations! We will take anything – a light sabre, costumes, action figures, etc. Please label all items with your name and phone number and drop off to the band office.  All items will be returned promptly next week. 🙂

Ticket Sales – Tickets are $20 (price includes one drink) and are available from the Band Room. It’s going to be a fun night: great music, a chance to further build community in our music program and between Reynolds and Cedar Hill. We hope to see you all there! 

Questions? Please contact our RMPA executive with questions:


2.) Band Classes in A & B Block

Monday – Band 9 in A Block.

Tuesday – Band 10 in A Block. Band 11/12 in B Block.

Wednesday – Band 9 in A Block.

Thursday – Band 10 in A Block (+CP Uniform Fittings). Band 11/12 in B Block (+CP Uniform Fittings).

Friday – Band 9 in A Block.

Band 9 and Band 10 Practice Cards – Continue recording for Week #34 


3.) Morning, Lunch, After School Rehearsals

MondayBlue Band Rehearsal at 7:15am. Extra help available at Lunch. Extra help available after school 3:15pm – 4:45pm.

Tuesday –  Junior Jazz Band at 7:15am. Intermediate Jazz Band at Lunch. Jazz Combo rehearsals 3:15pm – 4:45pm.

WednesdayMarching Band at 7:15am. Senior Jazz Band at Lunch. Drumline rehearsal 3:15pm – 4:45pm.

Thursday – Intermediate Jazz Band at 7:15am. Senior Jazz Band (and Gr. 9 CP Uniform Fittings) at Lunch. Extra help available after school 3:15pm – 4:45pm. Reynolds Alumni Band Rehearsal 7pm – 9pm.

FridayMarching Band at 7:15am. Music Council Meeting at Lunch. Drumline rehearsal after school 1:30pm – 3:00pm. 


4.) Colour Party Uniform Sizing This Week – Thursday

Cheryl McKinnon will be here on Thursday to size all colour party members for uniforms. If you have a CP uniform from last year, please bring it to your fitting time on Thursday. 

The schedule is as follows: B Block – Grade 11s and 12s, A Block – Grade 10s, Lunch – Grade 9s (bring your lunch and listen to Sr. Jazz as you wait).


5.) Upcoming Clinics

We have two outstanding clinicians coming to work with Reynolds band students over the next two weeks!

Drumline Clinic with Michael Beauclerc – THIS WEDNESDAY – May 1st, 1:30pm – 3:00pm in the Band Room (You are excused from C Block at 1:20pm, and from all of D Block).

I am pleased to welcome Michael Beauclerc to work with our drumline students! Michael has established a diverse and exciting career as a drummer, percussionist, composer, and author in Canada. He is an active marching percussion clinician for Yamaha Music Canada, having performed over 300 clinics from coast to coast. Thank you to Tapestry Music for making this opportunity possible! You will also get to try brand new Yamaha marching equipment!

Blue Band Clinic with Dr. Steven Capaldo – NEXT TUESDAY – May 7th, 7:30am – 9:50am in the Band Room (All Blue Band members – including Grade 9s and 10s who play on Monday AM – are required to attend. Please do not be late!)

Dr. Steven Capaldo is the new director of the Wind Symphony at The University of Victoria. Dr. Capaldo has distinguished himself as one of the most respected music educators, wind conductors and conductor educators in Australia, earning academic and musical recognition internationally. We are currently rehearsing his transcription of “The Lord of The Rings” – he will work on this piece as well as “English Folk Song Suite” and “LOL”


6.) Mothers Day Band Concert – Sunday, May 12th – 2:00pm in Playfair Park (Sr. Jazz, Blue Band, Alumni Band)

A Full Running Order Will Be Available This Week! 

Blue Band, Sr. Jazz Band, and the Reynolds Alumni Band will again perform (Year 38) in Playfair Park on Mother’s Day. Bring a chair or a blanket and join us for an afternoon of light entertainment! Parking is very limited around the park – we encourage you to walk, carpool, or take city transit. 

Crew help is needed – please sign up on the band room door!  Parents – we are in need of 3-4 vehicles to help with transporting gear to the park. Please advise if you can help! 🙂

Time Line for Sunday, May 12th: 

11:30am – Loading Crew and Parent Volunteers meets at Reynolds. 

12:00pm – Crew unloads at park. Set up for Blue Band and Sr. Jazz Band. Break for lunch.

1:30pm – Full Band Call time (in full uniform).

1:45pm – Warm-Up & Tune

2:00pm – Concert Starts (Order: Alumni Band, Sr. Jazz Band, Blue Band)

3:30pm(ish) – Tear Down