Band This Week: Dec. 3 – 7, Drumline Gig, Carol Band, Tuba Christmas

Band This Week: Dec. 3 – 7, Drumline Gig, Carol Band, Tuba Christmas

Hi All,

Thank you for a good a great week last week! We are a few weeks away from our next formal concerts (December 18th and 19th) but please continue to practice and attend rehearsals. Everyone is important even in large ensembles! I can’t wait to hear you this week! 

Thank you to everyone that made our year book pictures possible (Ms. Muirhead, yearbook staff, photographers). Thank you for your patience as things got organized! 

Thank you Carol Band for your performance at the Saanich Hall light up on Saturday night! Thank you for spreading some musical joy around our community this holiday season. Our music council president, Astrid, also made her conducting debut – way to go Astrid! 🙂

Our poinsettia fundraiser was a huge success! Everything was picked up on Friday afternoon! Thank you to Andrea de Lange, Mel and Dean Ozard, and Yvonne Blair for their work with organizing and distribution. Our Purdy’s Chocolate sales were also a huge success too! $11,000 in sales and almost $3000 in profits for student accounts. Thank you Ann-Marie Gilbert for organizing this year’s campaign!

We have a number of performances coming up in the next week. Please stay in the loop! 


1.) 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. Band 11/12 in B Block.

Friday – Band 10 in A Block. Band 11/12 in B Block (Look! A winter miracle! hehe 🙂

Band 9 and Band 10 Practice Cards – Continue recording for Week #12 


2.) Morning, Lunch, After School Rehearsals

**Please note changes marked in red and green! 

MondayBlue Band Rehearsal at 7:15am. Junior Jazz Band Rehearsal at LunchPit Orchestra CANCELLED due to Drumline’s Colonist Cup Gig (see details below). Please practice and be prepared for Thursday’s rehearsal!

Tuesday –  Junior Jazz Band at 7:15am. Intermediate Jazz Band at Lunch. No band rehearsals after school due to a Staff Meeting (Yes! Sr. Choir still rehearses in the Annex).

Wednesday – Senior Jazz Band at 7:15am. Carol Band Rehearsal at Lunch. Drumline rehearsal & Coffee Night Set-up 3:15pm – 4:45pm. 

Thursday – Intermediate Jazz Band at 7:15am. Senior Jazz Band at Lunch. Pit Orchestra rehearsal after school 3:15pm – 5:00pm. 

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


3.) Drumline Gig: Colonist Cup Game at Oak Bay High School – Monday Afternoon

Our Senior Boys soccer team has made it to the Colonist Cup! Congratulations! To support the team, our drumline has been asked to perform at half-time. 

Call Time: Please arrange your own rides to meet at Oak Bay High School for 3:45pm. You should be changed into uniforms before you arrive. Start: We perform at 4:20pm on the soccer turf. 

Thank you! Please advise Emily P if you are able to attend ASAP. 


4.) Coffee Night – Wednesday Evening

Coffee Night has been rescheduled for Wed. Dec. 5. Doors open at 5pm with a 5:30pm start in the Reynolds Theatre.

Always an awesome night, the Music Council is again hosting an informal student Coffee Night. They welcome all to come and see the talent exhibited by music students and others. Admission is by donation and there will be snacks! Thanks to Zoe and Astrid and others for organizing!


5.) Carol Band Performances This Week

Tues. Dec. 4th – Garth Homer Society

Our visit is being rescheduled for mid-December. I will let you know details ASAP.

Thu. Dec. 6th – “Christmas Lights Across Canada” at the BC Legislature Building Downtown (Upper Rotunda)

PLEASE NOTE TIMING CHANGES: Our call time has changed to 6:00pm. Meet at the East Annex Door. PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE. We will PERFORM from 6:45pm – 7:15pm. Uniforms: This is a full dress show. Please bring a black Manhasset music stand.

Fri. Dec. 7th – Abbeyfield House Visit (1133 Reynolds Road)

Please meet in the Band Room at 11:45. We will walk over to Abbeyfield House, set-up at 12:00pm, and perform from 12:30pm -1pm. You will be excused from the end of C Block and all of D Block. Please check in with your teachers ahead-of-time to get assignments you may miss. Uniforms: Casual but neat attire (with toque and scarf). Please bring a folding stand from the band room.


6.) Victoria Tuba Christmas – Saturday

Victoria’s annual Tuba Christmas is this Saturday! I highly encourage all of our Tuba and Euphonium players to attend. It’s going to be a fun day in our musical community!  If you haven’t seen/heard the Tuba Christmas ensemble – IT. IS. AMAZING. Typically there are 60 – 100 (school aged to “not-so-school-aged”) tuba and euphoniums/baritone players playing Christmas carols in 4 part harmony. The Times Colonist recently described the performance as, a “sonic hug.” How cool is that!?

Schedule: 9:00am: Registration at UVic School of Music (B Wing). 9:30am – 11:30am: Rehearsal in School of Music (Room B037).From the rehearsal you will have to make your way to Market Square downtown. 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Concert in Market Square downtown (560 Johnson Street).

Costs: Please sign up in the band room if you are planning on attending. I will cover registration fees and book purchases (will stay at Reynolds for future use) for ALL students attending but I need to know ASAP. Please email me or sign up in the band room before Friday. 

Rides: Please arrange your own rides to UVic, between UVic & Market Square, and from Market Square to home. 

You need: a folding stand and wind clips (borrow from the band room), to dress WARM. We have a few tubas and euphoniums that can be loaned out to students. Please advise if you would like to borrow one. Wear any Reynolds Wear, Band Wear, etc. that you have! 

Please let me know if you have questions! 


Thanks everyone! Stay afloat and take care of yourself and each other. We have a busy couple of weeks ahead!

Yours truly,

Jamie Davis


Jamie Davis

Director of Bands, Reynolds Secondary School