I hope you had an enjoyable break filled with family, friends, rest, and relaxation (and hopefully some practicing.. hehe). Thank you for all of your hard work leading up to the last days of school – you were in fine form and played so well in all of our final performances! Congratulations to everyone involved in our two outstanding Winter Concerts! Also, congratulations to our Music Council for organizing a very successful BandCake breakfast on the last day of school. 🙂
Thank you to everyone that was involved in our Tree Recycling Fundraiser this week! A big thank you to the RMPA, Scott Knight and Gus Mercer for all of their organizing to make sure this event went off without a hitch. Thank you for supporting our students’ fundraising efforts!
Congratulations and thank you to our Drumline for their performances on Friday and Saturday up at UVic for this weekend’s basketball games. Thanks, all!
We are back and I am so excited to work with all of you! All of our rehearsals are up and running this week and we will be sight-reading new music for the first week back. There is something for everyone: traditional jazz and concert band selections, transcriptions, pop, movie music, and more. Our focus now turns to concerts, performance tours, community concerts, and much more.
My new favourite quote fully applies to this week:
“The best way to get into a cold stream is to jump right in.” – Capt. Christopher Pike (Star Trek: Discovery)
Here we go!
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 – TBA. (Due to a MyEducation BC service outage)
Band 9 and Band 10 Practice Cards – Continue recording for Week #17. Turn in Weeks 14, 15, and 16 for marking.
TERM 2 Requirements for Band 9, 10, 11 and 12 are DUE: by 5pm on Friday, January 18th. No late submissions will be accepted.
2.) Morning, Lunch, After School Rehearsals & Evening Events
Monday – Blue Band Rehearsal at 7:15am (Yes. That’s you Grade 11s and 12s!). Requirement Completion at Lunch. Pit Orchestra rehearsal after school 3:15pm – 5:00pm.
Tuesday – Junior Jazz Band at 7:15am. Intermediate Jazz Band at Lunch. Jazz Combo rehearsals 3:15pm – 4:45pm.
Wednesday – Senior Jazz Band at 7:15am. Junior Jazz Band & Emergency Jazz Combo at Lunch. Drumline rehearsal 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. RMPA Meeting at 7pm in the school conference room.
Friday – Green Band Rehearsal at 7:15am (Attendance is mandatory Grade 9s and 10s! We have a concert on February 7th!). Music Council Meeting at Lunch. Drumline rehearsal after school 1:30pm – 3:00pm. Drumline Performance: UVic Basketball’s “Shoot for The Cure” (5:30pm call time at CARSA, perform at 6pm and 8pm).
Saturday – None!
Sunday – Pit Orchestra Rehearsal from 1:30pm-4pm.
3.) Pit Orchestra Rehearsals and Important Dates/Info
As we move into the final months of prep for Sister Act, please note that all Monday, Thursday, and Sunday rehearsals are mandatory. Do NOT schedule work, appointments, gigs, or other rehearsals that conflict with pit orchestra rehearsals on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays. As detailed in the course outline Sunday rehearsals begin this weekend.
Sunday Rehearsals Begin on Jan. 13th – As mentioned above, the pit orchestra begins rehearsing on Sunday afternoons from 1:30pm – 4pm (continuing for 8 consecutive Sundays until the show opens in March)). Attendance is mandatory.
Silent Auction Fundraiser on Jan. 27th – This year is a Burger and Beer night from 4-8pm at the Monkey Tree Pub. Come for dinner which is a choice of beef, veggie or chicken burger and an on tap beer (or house wine) and bid on some exceptional items from around our community. Please note this is a 19+ event. 🙂
If you are able to bring in a item for the auction, please bring it to Ms. Kerr. Silent Auction Donation Request letters are available in the band room and from Ms. Kerr. Thank you!
‘Sitzprobe” on Monday Jan. 28th – a “sing-through” of the entire show (without acting and dancing) will be held on Mon. Jan 28th. All numbers that involve the cast/soloists/ensemble must be learned by this point. Attendance is mandatory.
Pro-D Day Rehearsal on Friday, Feb. 5th – we will rehearse from 9am – 3pm. Snacks and pizza lunch is provided. Attendance is mandatory.
Family Day Rehearsal on Friday, Feb. 18th – we will rehearse from 12pm – 5pm. Attendance is mandatory as per the course outline distributed in October. Attendance is mandatory.
4.) Tour/Travel Updates:
Tour / Travel updates will be available on Wednesday this week.
Thanks everyone! Welcome back to Reynolds Music and Happy New Year!
Reynolds Band Director