Welcome Back! Band This Week: Jan. 7-11, Pit Band on Sunday, Pit Band Dates

Welcome Back! Band This Week: Jan. 7-11, Pit Band on Sunday, Pit Band Dates

Welcome back!

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. ūüôā

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 РBand 9 in A Block.

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

Wednesday РBand 9 in A Block.

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

Friday РTBA. (Due to a MyEducation BC service outage)

Band 9 and Band 10 Practice Cards РContinue 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

MondayBlue 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 РJunior Jazz Band at 7:15am. Intermediate Jazz Band at Lunch. Jazz Combo rehearsals 3:15pm Р4:45pm.

Wednesday – Senior Jazz Band at 7:15am. Junior Jazz Band & Emergency Jazz Combo at Lunch. Drumline rehearsal 3:15pm – 4:45pm.

Thursday РIntermediate Jazz Band at 7:15am. Senior Jazz Band at Lunch. Pit Orchestra rehearsal after school 3:15pm Р5:00pm. 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 РNone! 

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. ūüôā

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 Рwe will rehearse from 9am Р3pm. Snacks and pizza lunch is provided. Attendance is mandatory.

Family Day Rehearsal on Friday, Feb. 18th Рwe will rehearse from 12pm Р5pm. Attendance is mandatory as per the course outline distributed in October. Attendance is mandatory.

Dress Rehearsal #1¬†on Friday March 1st –¬†¬†we will rehearse and run the full show from 1:10pm until 9:30pm/10pm. Pizza and juice provided for dinner.¬†Attendance is mandatory.
Tech Run Day on Saturday, March 2nd РPit is called for 12:30pm Р4pm. Be prepared to start and stop as the production team deals with any technical issues. Attendance is mandatory.
Dress Rehearsal # 2 on Sunday, March 3rd –¬†Final Dress Rehearsal from 1pm – 6pm.¬†Attendance is mandatory.
Shows: March 4-9, 6pm call  in the pit. Be seated in the pit, ready to tune and run any numbers that are needed. Doors open at 7pm (pit must be vacated at this point) and the show starts at 7:30pm. Attendance is mandatory.
Tickets Sales: Starting on January 10! Tickets are available from Ms. Kerr or from the Reynolds Office ($10 for adults and $9 for students). 


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! 

Jamie Davis

Reynolds Band Director