Friday, 23 September 2016

September!

Congratulations!
Congratulations to all Campbell Area Grade 6 students and those Grade 7 beginners  on a wonderful head start clinic.   Your time, focus and ability to keep trying was very appreciated.


THANK YOU
We had a number of Grade 7 and 8 students who helped at both of our head start weekends.   Your help was extremely appreciated.   Thank you! 


Reminders
1.   T-shirt forms are now due.   All we really need is your child's t-shirt size.   Payments for the t-shirts are online.  
2.   Instrument rental forms are also now due.  Payments for this may also be made online.
3.   Band transportation fees for McVeety, Grant Road and Perry may be made online.
4.   Grade 8 Retreat permission forms are now due.  


In Grade 6 Band
In Grade 6 Band we have been reinforcing proper posture, focus, and playing position.   We have begun practicing the Breathing Gym in order to help us get more air into our instruments.   We are experimenting with our first three notes and creating our own compositions.  Students were asked to practice:
1.   Pages 5 and 6 in our Blue Book.  (If they master these pages, students were asked to move on.) 
2.   Experiment with our first three notes
3.  See if they can find a you tube video with their instrument in it
4.   Only for fun - practice In the Jungle.  (This was a song we learned only for fun.   If students are not ready to practice it , that is fine.  Note names were written on the board, however it is just for fun. )   


In Grade 7 Band
In Grade 7 Band students have or will be receiving an Orange Measures of Success Book.   This is will be turned in at the end of the school year.    We have begun working on changing the "pulse" and developing a sense of internal pulse.   We have many right notes, but not always at the same time and so we are spending a great deal of time working on our timing.   Students were also given a piece of music that was written in Solfege.   First we learned this by singing, then by playing.   We then figured out that each measure was a broken down chord.   We rearranged each measure to make it our own.   We will continue to experiment with this.   Students were asked to practice:
1.   Daybreak beginning to end
2.   Clouds - beginning to measure 32.  

In Grade 8 Band
This week we worked on our circle of fourths, Canticum, and A Quiet Song.  Students will be tested on the circle of fourths for memory in sectionals next week.  Students should be practicing quite a bit right now getting ready for our clinic with Professor Ghiglione on October 12th .  Permission forms have been sent home but if you didn't get one you can find it on the left side menu marked Grade 8 Band Clinic Permission Form.


Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!


We are looking forward to a wonderful 2016-17 school year! 


We will be coming around to each school to visit students, answer questions, and hand out band schedules.   




Dates to Watch
Thurs. Sept. 8 - First Day of Junior Winds


Fri. Sept. 9 (Day 1)  - First "Day 1" of Band Classes 
Fri. Sept 9- Grade 6 Headstart Clinic or anyone learning a new instrument  - 6-8p.m. at Campbell
Sat. Sept. 10 - Grade 6 Headstart Clinic or anyone learning a new instrument - 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m. at Campbell
**Help is welcomed at the Grade 6 Headstart Clinic!   Any Grade 7 or 8 student that is interested in helping should let us know.  
Mon. Sept. 12 - First "Day 2" Band Day
Tues. Sept. 13 - First "Day 3" Band Day
Wed. Sept. 14 - First "Day 4" Band Day
Thurs. Sept. 15 - First "Day 5" Band Day
Tues. Sept. 27 - First Jazz Band
Wed. Sept. 28 - First Wed. Jazz Band




Books
Grade 7's will be starting with a review using the same book as last year.   They do NOT need to buy the second book.   We will supply it.    Grade 8's do not need to purchase a new book.   Music will be distributed in class.  


Band Schedule
Day 1 Morning - Massey, McVeety Grade 7 Band and Grade 8 Band
Day 1 Afternoon - Perry Grade 6 Sectionals


Day 2 Morning - Grant Road and Perry Grade 7 Band and Grade 8 Band
Day 2 Afternoon - Massey Grade 6 Sectionals


Day 3 Morning - Grade 6 Band (Perry, Grant Road, Massey, McVeety)
Day 3 Afternoon - Grant Road Grade 7 Sectionals and Perry Grade 8 Sectionals


Day 4 Morning - Massey Grade 7 and 8 Sectionals
Day 4 Afternoon - Massey Grade 7 and 8 sectionals and Grant Road Grade 6 Sectionals


Day 5 Morning - Grant Road Grade 8 Sectionals and Perry Grade 7 Sectionals
Day 5 Afternoon - McVeety Grade 6, 7, 8 Sectionals
                       

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Have a Great Summer!


Thank you to all Band students and to all families for a wonderful band year.   Thank you for all your work.    

For students attending band camps - information can be found at:

Mr. Mossing's camp - (306)527-4556 or email at 
                                  bobmossing@accesscomm.ca

Saskatchewan Band Association Camps 

http://saskband.org/2016-saskatchewan-summer-band-camp-program/

Prairielands Jazz Camp 

http://www.prairielandsjazzcamp.com/

Have a wonderful summer!   We look forward to seeing you in the fall.   

Friday, 6 May 2016

Concert Preparation


Congratulations!!
Congratulations to all Grade 7 and 8 Junior Winds students and Grade 7 and 8 Jazz Band students on a very fun performance on Music Monday.   All of you had very nice performances!

Reminders:
- Grade 6 Band students are reminded to return permission form for May 13 National Youth Band concert
- Grade 7 Band students are reminded to return permission form for Moose Jaw Trip
- Junior Winds Students are reminded to return permission form for Moose Jaw Trip

All Groups!
All of our groups are in the final preparations for our spring concerts.   Students are reminded to take instruments home and to practice.   May can be quite confusing with many activities and trips.   It is easy to lose track of days.     Please see below for the list of this week's upcoming days.   



Monday May 9 - Day 4 - Massey Grade 7 and 8 sectionals, Grant Road Grade 6 sectionals, RCS
                                         Grade 6 and 7 sectionals
                                      - there will be Grade 6 Jazz Band after school
     
Tuesday May 10 - Day 5 - Gr. 7 Perry sectionals, , McVeety Gade 6,7
- There will be no Grade 8 Grant Road or Grade 8 McVeety sectionals 
-There will be Gr. 7/8 jazz band after school

Wednesday May 11- Day 1 - Massey, McVeety, RCS Grade 7 Band, Perry Grade 6 sectionals and - - - There will be no Perry Grade 8 sectionals
 - There will be Grade 6 Junior Winds before school and there will be Grade 7/8 jazz band after school

Thursday May 12- Day 2 - Grade 8 Full Band, Grade 7 Grant Road and Perry Band, and Massey Grade 6 sectionals
- There will be Gr. 7/8 Junior Winds at 7:30a.m.

Friday May 13- Day 3 - Grade 6's going to listen to National Youth Band Concert
 - The bus will begin pickups at 9:55a.m.   They will be bused to Martin Collegiate for the concert and return at 11:30a.m.   
 Grant Road Grade 7 sectionals

Upcoming Concerts
May 13 - Grade 6's to Martin to listen to National Youth Band
May 16 - Massey, McVeety, RCS 7's to Moose Jaw
May 17 - Grant Road and Perry Grade 7's to Moose Jaw
May 18 - Junior Winds to Moose Jaw
May 24 - Grade 6 Band Concert, Gr. 6 Junior Winds and Gr. 6 Jazz Band performing
May 27 - Grade 6 School Tours
May 27 - Swing into Spring - Gr. 7/8 Jazz Band performing
May 30 - Grade 7 /8 Band Concert, Gr. 7/8 Junior Winds and Gr. 7/8 Jazz performing
June 2 - Gr. 7/8 Junior Winds performing with Campbell Wind Ensemble

Friday, 29 April 2016

May!

Reminders:
- Grade 6 Band students are reminded to return permission form for May 13 National Youth Band concert
- Grade 7 Band students are reminded to return permission form for Moose Jaw Trip
- Junior Winds Students are reminded to return permission form for Moose Jaw Trip

CONCERT REMINDER
- Monday May 2 - MUSIC MONDAY CONCERT - Grade 7/8 Junior Winds and Grade 7/8 Jazz Band performing in the Band Room.   Students are asked to meet at 6:30p.m.  Concert will begin at 7:00p.m.   Students are asked to bring one dozen of some kind of treat.     Students are asked to wear their band t-shirts, dark pants, shoes, and socks.

Note:
Because of last week's PD day, our days have flipped.  Please note:

Monday May 2 - Day 4 - Massey Grade 7 and 8 sectionals, Grant Road Grade 6 sectionals, RCS
                                         Grade 6 and 7 sectionals
                                      - there will be Grade 6 Jazz Band after school
     
Tuesday May 3 - Day 5 - Gr. 7 Perry sectionals, Grant Road Grade 8 sectionals, McVeety Gade 6,7, and 8 sectionals
-There will be Gr. 7/8 jazz band after school

Wednesday May 4 - Day 1 - Massey, McVeety, RCS Grade 7 Band, Perry Grade 6 sectionals and Perry Grade 8 sectionals
 - There will be Grade 6 Junior Winds before school and there will be Grade 7/8 jazz band after school

Thursday May 5 - Day 2 - Grade 8 Full Band, Grade 7 Grant Road and Perry Band, and Massey Grade 6 sectionals
- There will be Gr. 7/8 Junior Winds at 7:30a.m.

Friday May 6 - Day 3 - Grade 6 Full Band, Grant Road Grade 7 sectionals


May is a pretty crazy month!   This week we were getting students into concert mode.   All students played through their concert program.  Grade 6's were asked to work on O Canada.  Grade 7's were asked to work on Pandora and Grade 8's were asked to work on In the Wake of Spring.

Upcoming Concerts
May 2 - Band Room Concert - Gr. 7/8 Junior Winds and Gr. 7/8 Jazz Band
May 13 - Grade 6's to Martin to listen to National Youth Band
May 16 - Massey, McVeety, RCS 7's to Moose Jaw
May 17 - Grant Road and Perry Grade 7's to Moose Jaw
May 18 - Junior Winds to Moose Jaw
May 24 - Grade 6 Band Concert, Gr. 6 Junior Winds and Gr. 6 Jazz Band performing
May 27 - Grade 6 School Tours
May 27 - Swing into Spring - Gr. 7/8 Jazz Band performing
May 30 - Grade 7 /8 Band Concert, Gr. 7/8 Junior Winds and Gr. 7/8 Jazz performing
June 2 - Gr. 7/8 Junior Winds performing with Campbell Wind Ensemble

Friday, 15 April 2016

Grade 8 Trip Week!

This Coming Week

Sunday April 17 - Grade 8's leave for their band trip.   Students are to meet at 2:00p.m in the band room at Campbell.
Monday April 18 - Day 5 - no McVeety sectionals, and no Perry Grade 7 sectionals
                            * No Grade 6 jazz band
Tuesday April 19 - Day 1 - Grade 7 Massey, McVeety, RCS Grade 7 Band and Perry Grade 6 sectional
               - Grade 7/8 jazz band
Wednesday April 20  - Day 2 - Grade 7 Grant Road and Perry, all Grade 8's and Massey Grade 6's
                     - Grade 6 Junior Winds
                     - Grade 7/8 Jazz Band
Thursday April 21 - Day 3 - Grade 6 Band
                            * No Junior Winds
                            * No Grade 7 Grant Road Sectionals
Friday April 22 - no school
Monday April 25 - Day 4 - Massey Grade 7 and 8 sectionals, Grant Road Grade 6 sectionals

Please Note:
May 2 - Grade 7/8 Junior Winds Band Room Concert
May 24 - Grade 6 Concert Band, Grade 6 Junior Winds and Grade 6 Jazz Band
May 27 - School Tours - Grade 6's
May 27 - Swing into Spring
May 30 - Grade 7 and Grade 8 Concert, Grade 7/8 Junior Winds, and Grade 7/8 Jazz Band
June 2 - Junior Winds with High School Wind Ensemble concert

In Grade 6 Band 
This week we worked at matching articulations.   We described articulations as what sets notes apart to create a story.   We specifically worked on our staccato and our accents.   We find both of these articulations in Star Wars.   After we worked on these articulations, we then put them into our piece.   As well Grade 6's continued to work at not only speaking in rhythm in a round, but also playing in a round.   We are preparing to try a drumming piece in which everyone uses drumsticks.

In Grade 7 Band 
We worked on the main theme to the Muppets.   Students are now asked to practice the middle section.   In music, we described this as the "B" section.     Students have been reading Londonderry Air very well.   We are now working on smoothing our articulations.    In Pandora, several students are still stuck on the section at 34.   They were reminded they needed to practice.

In Grade 8 Band 
We are looking forward to a great band trip this weekend! Please make sure you have all your music, your instrument and your band uniform.   You will need to meet at Campbell in the band room at 2:00p.m. on Sunday.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Welcome Back!

Reminders:
- Grade 8 trip is quickly approaching, please make sure the trip permission form has been handed in.

This Week in Grade 6 Band 
This week the Grade 6's have received three new pieces of music.   These include Star Wars, Concerto for Pots and Pan, and Flying High.   In the upcoming weeks we will be preparing these for our spring concert and for our school tours.   Grade 6's also experimented with practicing in a circle instead of our regular band formation.   Students found different instruments to listen to and to match.   While in our circles we also learned a chant which will be later learning a sticking pattern to.

This Week in Grade 7 Band 
This week the Grade 7's received new music.    We will begin working on the The Muppet Theme Show as well as Londonderry Air.   We had begun working on Pandora and now will be putting more time into this piece as well as Tu Ungane.    The Grade 7's did a really great job sight reading our new music this week.    As we sight read it, we discussed how the musical form of a piece influences how we practice.   Grade 7's were asked to practice beginning to 21 of the Muppets and 34-48 of Pandora.

This Week in Grade 8 Band

We are currently getting ready for our trip to Saskatoon.  Thanks to everyone for getting the permission forms in.  We have two songs that we need to work hard at.  The first is Night Flight of the Gargoyles.  The second is When Summer Takes Flight.  We will work on these in Saskatoon with our clinic with Nick Fanner.  Students will need to practice When Summer Takes Flight especially.