Friday, 21 October 2016

- Junior Winds - Clinic at the University - Riddell Center - meet at 10:00 on Sat. Oct. 22
- Nov. 1 - concert for Grade 7 and 8 band students

- Congratulations to all Grade 7 and 8 woodwind students on a nice morning at the University on Wednesday.
- Congratulations to Junior Winds Students on a good clinic on Friday morning.

This Week in Grade 6 Band
This week in Grade 6 band we continued to work at long tones, tonguing and our first five notes.   We continued to work on whole, half, quarter, and eighth note rhythms.   We worked very hard at playing together by subdividing beats.   
Grade 6's were asked to practice:
1.   1.25, 1.26, 1.27 and 1.31.
2.   Experiment with notes on fingering charts
3.   Compose with our first five notes

This Week in Grade 7 Band
We are in the process of preparing for our Nov. 1 concert as well as our December concert.   For our November concert students will be performing Daybreak.   They are asked to make sure they have all notes and rhythms worked out.   As well we began working on sections of Argosy.   Students were asked to practice measures 15-35.  

This Week in Grade 8 Band

Most students have done their playing test on the first 25 measures of Canticum.  Some will finish next week.  We started paying through our other pieces: Amen, Resplendent Light, and Marche Diabolique.  We will continue to add these pieces to our repertoire.

Friday, 14 October 2016


- Grade 7 and 8 Woodwind Days permission forms are now due
- Junior Winds needs to meet at the University at 10:00a.m. on Sat. Oct. 22 at Riddell Theater.   They will be finished at 11:30a.m.    -

Coming Up
-Woodwind Days - Oct. 19 - Grade 7 and 8 flute, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone players will be bused to the university at 9:30a.m. on Oct. 19.   Students need to bring a lunch.   They will participate in clinics, and be treated to a concert.   Students will be bused back at 12:30p.m.  
- Junior Winds Clinic - Oct. 21 - 9:30-10:30a.m. at Campbell. 
- Junior Winds at University Sat. Oct. 22 - 10:00 meet at Riddell, will be finished at 11:30a.m. 

This Week in Grade 6 Band
We are continuing to work on our breathing, and continuing to work on our first five notes.   Brass players are working on lip slurs.  Woodwind players are working on long tones.   Percussionists are working on sticking on mallets.    Everyone is working on rhythm reading.   We have read whole, half, quarter, eighth, and some of us even have tried sixteenth notes.    When we first begin  reading music is an obstacle for some students.   We are using our composition books to practice writing and naming our first five notes.    Students who found this very easy were asked to instead write their own composition using the first five notes.   We practiced composing using scale numbers and volunteer composer/conductors came up to do an on the spot composition.    We also learned the twelve bar blues and started learning the jazz standard C Jam Blues. 

Students were asked to:
1.  Practice - 1.21, 1.22, 1.23, 1.24
2.  Experiment - by looking at their fingering or rudiment chart on p.55
3.  Create - their own composition using 5 notes

This Week in Grade 7 Band
We are working very hard at subdivisions.    Many of us seem to struggle with keeping the same pulse!   Students are encouraged to download a free metronome app to help them keep a steady pulse.   We also began working on chromatic scales.   We explained the importance of chromatic as practicing these not only helps with hand position, but it reminds us of fingerings.   We began practicing the chromatic scale first by using our fingering charts and moving up one "box" in our chart at a time.  We have also been experimenting with matching sounds.   Students were asked to take ownership of bringing their section in, and then attempt to create a unison pitch.   Students are in the process of playing 40 - end of Clouds for us.   We are getting ready to move on to new music and so students need to make sure they have Clouds and Daybreak learned. 
Students were asked to:
1.   Practice 40 - end of Clouds
2.   Practice their chromatic scale

This Week in Grade 8 Band
This week we had a great clinic with Mr. G at the U of R.  Mr. G talked about adding emotion to the music as well as shaping the phrase and we sounded really good by the end of it.  Both pieces are coming along nicely but we still need to work on the fine details.

The next piece we are going to start on is Resplendent Light.  This piece is not technically too difficult but is incredibly hard in regards to the emotional element.

The next playing test is on the first 26 measures of Canticum.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

- Grade 8 Retreat forms are now due
- Grade 7 and 8 Woodwind days forms need to be returned next week

Coming Up
Wed. Oct. 12 - Grade 8 Retreat at the University
Wed. Oct. 19 - Woodwind Day at the University in the morning
Sat. Oct. 22 - Junior Winds workshop with Dr. MacKay meet at 10:00 at Riddell Theater  and leave and will be done at 11:40a.m.  
Nov. 23 - Jazz Band and Junior Winds Band Room Concert 7:00p.m.
Dec. 5  - Grade 7 and 8 Concert
Dec. 6 - Grade 6 Concert

Grade 6 Band
This week in Grade 6 Band we practiced our first five notes.   Each instrument has its own challenges with this.   Flutes tend to struggle with moving fingers quickly, clarinets usually find it awkward covering holes and saxophones sometimes struggle with not hitting the side keys and not using too much mouthpiece.   Brass students tend to struggle with either their low notes or high notes.  Percussionists usually find it tricky at first seeing notes on the bells.   All of these struggles are normal and take a little time.    We also worked on music reading.   To do this in our composition books students practiced writing their first five notes.     We will continue to use our composition books regularly.  
Students were asked to practice:
1.  Lines 1.16, 1.17. 1. 18. 1. 20 from our blue book.
2.  Practice writing our first five notes.
3.  Try listening to a clip of our instrument from a you tube video.
4.   We listed a song for fun that students could experiment with.

In Grade 7 Band
This week in Grade 7 band we worked on 3/4 time, solfege, the chromatic scale, and subdividing.   To learn 3/4 time we worked both from our orange book and worked on Clouds 46-end.  To learn the chromatic scale we used our fingering chart and followed each fingering as it moved up beginning on our concert Bb.   We have continued to work on our balance and our blend, and are continuing with the Breathing Gym to work on our air. 
Students were asked to practice:
1.  Clouds 46 - end
2.   Chromatic Scale using our fingering

In Grade 8 Band
In preparing for our clinic this Wednesday, the Grade 8's have been working on shaping phrases.  We've discussed and marked in our music places to breathe and the dynamics that should be used, even if they aren't marked.  Everyone has played through their circle of 4ths test.  Now we need to focus on the ends of the pieces and the transitions.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Good Bye September!

- T-shirt forms are now due.   T-shirt orders will be placed this week.   If you have not already done so, please e-mail us the size of t-shirt your child would like
- Grade 8 Retreat forms are now due.
- Instrument loan forms are now due. 

Congratulations to all Junior Winds students who participated in the Friday night Retreat night.

This Week:

In Grade 6 Band
This week Grade 6's continued to work on the fundamentals of using air, proper posture, and playing position.   We have begun to introduce more music reading.   As well, we began experimenting with the fourth and fifth notes of our concert Bb scale.  

Students were asked to practice:
1.  Page 7 in their blue book (if this is easy, they may move on)
2.  Asked to "experiment" with new notes.  (Fingering charts were found on P. 55. Some students were curious about discovering new notes and so used this to find a few more new notes.)
3.   Find a "fun fact" about their instrument.  (At the front of our book is a very brief history of our instrument.)
4.  If students wanted to they could practice a song for fun.   This week's song was Star Wars.  

In Grade 7 Band
We continued to work on developing our sense of internal pulse.   We also worked on 3/4 time and continued to work on our breathing.   The Grade 7's are making big improvements each week. 

This week Grade 7's were asked to Practice"
1.   From our Orange Book - p.3
2.   Clouds - measure 46 to the end
3.   All of Daybreak  

In Grade 8 Band
We are starting to work on shaping phrases in our pieces.  We have most of the notes and rhythms learned in Canticum and A Quiet Song so now it's time to take it to the next level.  This includes determining breathing points, adding dynamics, balancing to the melody.

Most students have finished testing the circle of fourths for memory.  Everyone did quite good (even if they just memorized it 5 minutes before playing it!).  We also have most of the U of R clinic permission forms in but are still needing some in.  If it's easier to scan it and email it to me that would be fine.

Have a good weekend!

Friday, 23 September 2016


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.

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! 

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

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 

Saskatchewan Band Association Camps

Prairielands Jazz Camp

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