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Concert Time!

Two concerts will be held on Friday, December 13 (Jazz Bands) and Sunday, December 15 (Concert Bands) at Brookfield High School.

Please note an important email has been sent to all musicians with information about: the concerts; an upcoming member survey; and registration for the Winter 2020 session.

We look forward to sharing our music! 

Weather conditions

When weather conditions are challenging, band leaders will consult and try to make a decision by early afternoon on rehearsal day. Please check your email before heading out to rehearsal. We respect your decision as to whether it is safe for you to travel to rehearsal.

ONHB Concerts

Mark your calendars! The jazz bands will present on Friday, December 13 at 7 pm. The concert bands will share their music on Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 . Concerts take place at Brookfield High School.

ONHB AGM

The ONHB Annual General Meeting on Sunday, October 27 from 2:00- 3:30 is for all members.  The agenda and other AGM documents are under “Members”.  Stay informed.  Find out how you can help! Hope to see you there!

Registration for the fall session is now closed. Registration for the winter session will open in December.

Brookfield, Merivale and Nepean High Schools are open for ONHB band rehearsals. 

You may have heard media reports regarding a “work-to-rule” campaign or a possible strike by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Please note that the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board does not have any CUPE bargaining units. Labour actions taken by education workers represented through CUPE will not affect OCDSB schools. 

When the weather is a concern, we will make every effort to let you know approximately 3-4 hours in advance if a rehearsal is to be cancelled.  Please remember to check this space on the website and your email for updates on rehearsal day.  As always, your safety is the number one priority, so even if the rehearsal goes ahead, please know that you hold the final decision as to whether travel is a safe option for you.
(NOTE: Brookfield and Nepean sites, if school buses are cancelled, the school board may cancel community events in their buildings)

All bands (RR and RC) are cancelled Feb.  12 (BB and EE) and 13 (RR and RC), 2019.  Community Use of Schools has cancelled all evening activities at the schools.

When the weather is a concern, we will make every effort to let you know approximately 3-4 hours in advance if a rehearsal is to be cancelled.  Please remember to check this space on the website and your email for updates on rehearsal day.  As always, your safety is the number one priority, so even if the rehearsal goes ahead, please know that you hold the final decision as to whether travel is a safe option for you.
(NOTE: Brookfield and Nepean sites, if school buses are cancelled, the school board may cancel community events in their buildings)

Rehearsal Cancellations

Many are dealing with the aftermath of Friday’s weather event.
Rehearsals for Monday, Sept 24 are cancelled, as all schools and community use of schools are cancelled today.
Please check for updates regarding rehearsals this week.

Rehearsal Notes Week 10, November 21, 2017

Hello Bytown Musicians,

Another great rehearsal! We played all of our pieces at tempo and with some dynamics this week, and we also played the new French Christmas traditional piece “Chant de Noel”.  We have two more rehearsals before the December 10 concert at Brookfield HS, and we will be ready! All of you, but especially those who are new to playing an instrument and reading music, should be very proud of your progress.  No matter where you are on the continuum of learning, remember that your best is good enough! Every musician throughout history started with the first note.

Remember that regular practice, like regular exercise, works best. Sit tall, and roll the tension out of your shoulders before starting. Yoga breath right down to the chair, then push out and down for support from below, while your shoulders stay low, rolled back and relaxed.  This week’s focus:  playing softly with good tone “piano” p   (softly), especially at the beginning of a crescendo (gradually, incrementally louder). Google “how to play softly on (name of your instrument)  example flute:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l4Cjc-03wE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaIpsWmW_Os

“flute teacher”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqPLHK1DYso    ( series of tutorials!)

Dress code for our concert on Dec. 10:  Black tops and bottoms, with a splash of green/red festive colour (tie, bow, scarf, hair accessory, jewelry….)

Stage crew volunteers will practice set up at 6 pm next week.  Please email Felicia if you wish to volunteer. feliciapersaud@gmail.com

Guided practice sessions have been rescheduled for next Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 1:30 or 6:30 pm.  Sign up by email this week if you wish to get some practice tips and meet some fellow beginners.  Please email Cathy (use subject line so that I can find your email and include you: Guided Practice November 29) if you plan to attend, and include your preferred time and instrument at   wilcoxceo@gmail.com

 

This week we read: EE 34, 43 (keep your column of air support),44, 49, and 52 (lines i, ii, and iv), as well as the Concert Bb scale line 147 ( a major scale has 8 notes, and the 8th is double the frequency of the 1st note, or tonic – so they have the same note name)

For next week, practice: previous lines that you enjoy, plus review warm up 52, 34, 38, 43, 44 (with an upbeat – anacrusis- pick up), 49, 50 (clap), 51, 54       (36, 39 and 45 are extra challenging… try them if you enjoy a challenge).

It is important to listen to the links  for each piece:   Try playing along.  Don’t worry if you don’t play all the notes. Remember – your best is good enough!

Ogopogo:  We are playing with great expression and following the conductor!  Focus on playing the dynamics and shaping the notes with a crescendo (gradually louder) or diminuendo (gradually softer) with a steady tone.

Autumn:  Continue to focus on achieving a light, detached (staccato) articulation at a steady, slow tempo. Play slurs only where they are marked; some eighth note pairs are slurred and others are articulated. Remember to freeze and keep your instrument up until the conductor’s arms are lowered.

Big Raven:   Focus on dynamics  (p,mp, mf, f, ff, and crescendo, diminuendo) and attention to the articulations: staccato (short, detached notes) and tenuto ( the line indicates to play the note for the full value with extra weight.  This piece is really coming together!

Twist and Shout   In a rock piece, any sound made next to silence (beginning, end, beside rests) needs to be strong!  Accents make the piece!

PLEASE NOTE:

Nov. 22 Guided Practice is Cancelled at 1:30 or 6:30 pm

November 28:  rehearse on stage for full rehearsal! Stage crew volunteers will practice set up at 6 pm.

Wednesday, November 29 1:30 or 6:30 pm Special “basic music reading and how-to-practice” optional session for beginners and people new to their instrument:   Please email Cathy if you plan to attend, and include your preferred time and instrument, subject line Guided Practice November 29

Dec. 5  Social event:  Dinner at Broadway Bar and Grill 4:15 – 5:45 (fast service for those coming late from work)

December 5  Dress rehearsal:  on stage from 6:30 – 7:30, then in music room second half. Stage crew volunteers will practice set up at 6 pm.

Concert Date:  December 10 at Brookfield HS  2 pm (BBB will warm up on stage at 1 pm, and set up volunteers will be needed at 12:30)  Dress code:  Black tops and bottoms, with a splash of green/red festive colour

Spring concert: April 15 … save the date for our Sunday afternoon concert at Woodroffe United Church!

LINKS:

  1. Autumn Antonio Vivaldi (arr Douglas Wagner – the version that we will play a fast and lively allegro)

https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10279765

  1. Big Raven Vince Gassi (Toronto composer – inspired by the paintings of Emily Carr, the sounds of the forest, and legends surrounding the Raven)

http://www.alfred-music.com/player/AlfredConcertBand2009/31690/player.html

  1. Ogopogo(Legendary Lake Creature of Okanagan Valley, BC)  Robert Buckley (Canadian)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKNOkBLUR8I

  1. Twist and Shout 

 http://listeninglab.stantons.com/title/twist-and-shout/168521/