Good evening, Reynolds Band families,
Sorry this has taken so long to get out to you! How can you tell it’s end of term and report card time?? 🙃
Thank you for all of your hard work, time, energy, kindness, and diligence around Covid 19 protocols during the first quarter of our new but temporary normal at Reynolds Secondary School. The first quarter was challenging in many ways: logistics, scheduling, room-use, set-up/tear-down of 3 different teaching spaces, performance recordings and yet, it was easy because my students were so flexible, open-minded, and kind. Thank you, folks. You are amazing people and I am proud of you!
Thank you to everyone involved in our recording sessions over the last two weeks! I am almost done compiling and editing recordings for our fall band concert. A link will be sent out on Thursday afternoon.
The Remembrance Day Observances at Reynolds and at Saanich Hall were a huge success! Thank you to our Blue Band and Grade 10 band students for providing music for both ceremonies. Thank you to grade 12 trumpet player Luke Thomas for performing The Last Post and Reveille at both Reynolds and Braefoot Elementary School November 10th. Finally, thank you to Ewan Grbavec and Sakura Ueji for accompanying me to Saanich Hall to represent our school.
1.) Quarter 2 Schedule Updates: Grade 9s, Grade 10s (“Green Band RETURNS!”)
Please note a change to our Band 9 and Band 10 class schedule for Quarter 2 as detailed below.
These changes will take effect NEXT week (Nov. 23-27) to support our Grade 9 musicians and to provide leadership opportunities for our Grade 10 musicians.
2.) Quarter 2 AB Block Band 11/2 & Band English Startup
I am SO excited to work with our Grade 11s and 12s students regularly, again, starting tomorrow (Tuesday). Thank you to my colleagues Mr Gray, Ms. Bolton, Mr. Cunningham, and Ms. Aiken for supporting our senior band class by teaching Band English!
This Week’s Schedule: *PLEASE NOTE : WE START ON A TUESDAY SCHEDULE*
Tuesday: Band from 9am-10:15am, English from 10:30-11:30am. You will need: a mask, your band mask, your instrument, and a device for Band! Meet outside of the band room (the door by the percussion section at 9am.) PLEASE familiarize yourself with our Music Department COVID 19 safety plan FOUND HERE.
Wednesday: English from 9am-10:15am, Band from 10:30-11:30am.
Thursday: Band from 9am-10:15am, English from 10:30-11:30am.
Friday: NONE. Professional Development Day. School not in session.
3.) Quarter 2 Outside of The Timetable Rehearsals
I have made a few changes and additions to our OTT rehearsal schedule. That schedule can be downloaded below.
REVISED Q2 Reynolds Music Department OTT Rehearsal Schedule
Grade 9 Masterclasses: Mondays from 8am – 9am See Section 1 for more info.
Band 9 and Band 10 will now rehearse together on Fridays at 7:30am in the gym.
Sectionals to support our Jazz Bands will run on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at Lunch. Schedule TBA next week.
Drumline now rehearses on Wednesday and Friday at lunch.
That’s it! Enjoy quarter 2, BE SAFE, keep practicing, and keep being exceptional human beings!
Reynolds Secondary School Band