Band This Week: May 6 – 10, Mothers Day Concert, Marching Band, Travel

Hi Everyone,

Thank you to everyone that came out to support our first Reynolds/Cedar Hill joint fundraiser! The “May The 4th Be With You” dance was a lot of fun and it was great to have Bobby Dazzler in the house performing! Thank you to all of the parent on the organizing committee that made this so successful.

Twenty Reynolds Drumline members participated in a wonderful clinic with Michael Beauclerc on Thursday afternoon. They learned some cool new material that will be performed soon! Thanks, team!

Have a good week! It’s a busy one – please get lots of sleep and be in rehearsals. See me if you need anything or need clarification. 

Mr. Davis

 

1.) Blue Band Clinic on Tuesday

Blue Band Clinic with Dr. Steven Capaldo – THIS 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”

 

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

A full running order for this concert can be found HERE.

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. 

Students – Crew help is needed – please sign up on the band room door!  Parents – a big thank you to Shelby’s father, Russ Cox for donating his time and a MOVING TRUCK to help with transporting gear, chairs, stands, and percussion equipment. 🙂

Time Line for Sunday, May 12th: 

11:30am – Loading Crew 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

3.) Marching Band 

As we are two weeks away from the Victoria Day Parade I will be adding more rehearsals to our schedule. Attendance at rehearsals is extremely important – now more than ever. An absence effects EVERYBODY else in you rank and file in addition to leaving musical “gaps” in a musical selection. Physically, the additional rehearsals help condition your body for performance in a parade – marching band is a physical activity.  Additionally, your audience is made up of at least 40,000 people lining Douglas Street. Please do not miss rehearsals this week or next week. 

Rehearsals this week: Wednesday (if in Strings – go to Marching Band), Thursday (if in Chamber Choir – go to chamber choir), Friday.

Rehearsals next week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (ending with our traditional “hallway parade” including all band members at the start of B Block. You will be excused from the first 20 minutes of B that day). I have spoken to Ms. Kerr – if you are in strings and the choirs, your priority is to be attendance at marching band rehearsals all week.  

Weekend Rehearsal: Sunday, May 19th 7:00pm at Mayfair Mall (Parking lot by The Bay)

PARADE DAY is Victoria Day – Monday, May 20th: Call time is 7:15am OR EARLIER at Mayfair Mall (Specific Marshalling Area TBA) in full uniform. The parade starts at 9:00am (leaving from Mayfair Mall, traveling down Douglas Street).

Uniforms:

A reminder that all marching band members must have clean, pressed and HEMMED band pants on Parade Day. Please ensure that your students’ pants are ready. Additionally all band and colour party members must have a white MAN’s dress shirt (knit shirts, polo shirts, and blouse-style dress shirts are NOT acceptable. Walmart has lots of sizes to choose from! Students with the wrong shirt, missing ties, pant issues, etc. will NOT be permitted to march on parade day. Please ensure your uniform is ready to go. 

Thank you to Cheryl McKinnon and our Colour Party Captains (Shelby, Shiho, and Kay) for coming in to size students for CP uniforms. 

Blazers will be issued to Grade 9 and 10 students during band classes this week. Thank you, Cheryl! 

 

4.) Travel Options 

Travel options and pricing estimates for our 2020 spring Band and Choir Tours were handed out to students in band and choir classes last week. Additionally, changes have been made to how payments for band trips will be collected.

Please ask your student for these documents. There are 2 options for the junior tour and 4 options for the senior tour. Parents can assist in the initial planning stages of these tours by indicating the trip that they would prefer, signing the document and submitting it to the blue box in the band room. Majority wins! 

Forms are due Friday.

 

5.) 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. Full Blue Band rehearsal (Mother’s Day selections) in B Block (grade 9s and 10s in Blue Band, please attend).

Band 9 and Band 10 Practice Cards – Continue recording for Week #35.

 

6.) Morning, Lunch, After School Rehearsals

MondayBlue Band Rehearsal at 7:15am (We had a lot of no-shows last week, folks. A reminder that Blue Band is a graded course at Reynolds – marks will be issued in Term 4.). Extra help available at Lunch. Extra help available after school 3:15pm – 4:45pm. 

Tuesday –  Blue Band CLINIC with Dr. Capaldo – 7:30am until 9:50am (Attendance is mandatory). Intermediate Jazz Band at Lunch. Jazz Combo rehearsals 3:15pm – 4:45pm.

WednesdayMarching Band at 7:15am, Junior Jazz Band at Lunch. Sr. Jazz Band – EXTRA REHEARSAL – 3:30pm – 4:30pm.

ThursdayMarching Band at 7:15am (if in Chamber Choir – go to choir for this week). Senior Jazz Band at Lunch. Extra help available after school 3:15pm – 4:45pm. Alumni Band Rehearsal (Band Room) and RMPA Meeting (Conference Room) from 7pm – 9pm.

FridayMarching Band at 7:15am. Music Council Meeting at Lunch. Drumline and GRAD BAND REHEARSAL (I will let you know who is needed) after school 1:30pm – 3:00pm. 

 

 

Students … if you made it this far… email me (jdavis@sd61.bc.ca) right now. You will be entered in a draw for a $25 gift card to Tim Horton’s. Draw to take place on Monday after school. – JD