ARCHIVE – Winter 2021 Virtual Bands

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the winter 2021 session will take place online. This page provides information about the virtual bands and some tips for installing and configuring the Zoom application.

Please note that links to the scores will be sent to registrants by the band leaders the week before rehearsals begin, around January 11, 2021.

Key Information Applying to All Band Rehearsals

  • Dates: Ten weeks from January 18, 2021 to and including the week of March 22, 2021, skipping Family Day week.
  • Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Zoom meeting online; participants will receive an invitation by email prior to the beginning of each weekly Zoom meeting.
  • Fees: The fee will be $60 for your first band and $30 for each additional band.
  • Refunds: Withdrawal must take place before the third week to receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative charge.
  • Registration: Registration for the winter 2021 virtual session will be open from December 18, 2020 to January 10, 2021.
  • Concert: Due to the circumstances, there will be no concert.

Description of Bands

Jazz Sonic Tonic (Band Leader – Cathy Wilcox) Mondays 7-8

Jazz band, easy to medium-easy, levels 1-3

Enjoy a broad range of jazz, big band, funk and rock music that will make your spirit soar! Musicians with one or more years of experience* on an instrument are welcome! We will focus on four pieces, with optional additional pieces. *Piano music grade 6-9 conservatory.

Four Main Tunes

  • Don’t Get Around Much Anymore – Duke Ellington (1940) arr. Michael Sweeney
  • Come Fly with Me – Jimmy Van Heusen, with lyrics by Sammy Cahn (1958) arr. Rick Stitzel
  • Mr. PC – John Coltrane (1959) arr. Terry White
  • Watch What Happens – English-language version of “Recit de Cassard” by Michel Legrand from the 1964 film, arr. Bob Lowden (from the book Easy Jazz Classics)

Four Bonus Tunes to explore

We will be bringing back one or two favourites from the Fall Session. To vote for your favourite – send an email to under the subject MY VOTE.

Virtual Snowbirds (Band Leader – Colin Williamson) Tuesdays 7-8

Concert band, intermediate level (medium-easy to medium) 1.5-2.5
Warm-up Tuesday evenings at 7 pm with a virtual intermediate band experience. A variety of tuneful and popular band selections are sure to help drive away the winter blues.

Scenic Journey (Band Leader – Felicia Persaud) Wednesdays 7-8

Concert band, easy-intermediate level 1-1.5

Enjoy a picturesque tour for beginner-intermediate musicians (Level 1-1.5)! Join us on Wednesday Evenings at 7 pm for pieces that conjure beautiful scenes through rich harmonies and driving rhythms. There is something for everyone!

Classics with a Twist, Grande (Band Leader – Colin Williamson) Thursdays 7-8

Concert band, advanced-intermediate levels (medium) 1.5-3
Looking for just a little more challenge? Thursday evenings at 7 pm we continue with inspiring and tuneful music from a wide variety of styles. Our music will still be at the intermediate level but just a little bit more demanding, with a slightly expanded range of notes and more interesting rhythms.

How to Participate in Virtual Band Rehearsals

  1. All rehearsals will be conducted online via the Zoom app.
  2. Members will need to install the Zoom app ahead of time. See below for some tips on installing and configuring Zoom.
  3. Members will be expected to download and print their music from Dropbox.
  4. Typically, band leaders will conduct while playing an MP3 recording of the music. All players will be muted and so won’t be able to hear what others are playing.

Tips for Installing and Configuring Zoom


  • Zoom is available for smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers.
  • Ensure that you have downloaded and installed the most recent update.
  • For tablets and smartphones, visit the corresponding app store.
  • For laptop and desktop computers, visit the Zoom download page.

Tips for Participating in an ONHB Zoom Rehearsal

  • Setting yourself up:
    • Find a quiet place to set up, with a strong WiFi signal (or use an Ethernet cable if you have one to connect to your router). Place your music stand where you can still see your band leader on the Zoom screen while playing your instrument.
    • Use headphones/earphones for the best audio experience.
    • Click on the Zoom meeting link that you received from your band leader and follow the prompts to join the meeting.
  • During the Zoom rehearsal:
    • Familiarise yourself with the buttons on the bottom of your Zoom screen, particularly with the mute, video and chat options. It is generally recommended to mute your mic when first joining – your band leader will guide you further on this. You have the option to select whether your video is on or off during rehearsal. For more info on Zoom controls, click here.
    • Your band leader will control the music link, allowing you to play along while muted. He/she will not hear you play, nor will the other band members.
    • If you have questions during rehearsal, please use the Chat button.
    • Optional resource: Top 10 Tips for Good Zoom Hygiene and Etiquette in Education


Don’t hesitate to ask for help with any of this. Your fellow musicians and the band leaders may be able to help you. You can also email the webmaster at and they will make sure you get the assistance you require to make the most of your online band rehearsals.