22/09/2016 Links and Announcements

Hi Downtown Jazz Band Gang – Didn’t we have fun tonight!  And wasn’t it hot!  Maybe we weren’t so hot, but we’ll get better with practise.

I hope I’ve got everyone’s email address.  If you know someone who is in the band and you don’t see their email address above, please let me know.


I wanted to repeat some of the dates I gave you during the practise:

– day at Potsdam – The NHB in Potsdam NY is inviting us to an afternoon music reading session followed by a delicious homemade potluck.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 29, 2016. Details, sign up, car pooling, etc.-  in early October.

– our dress rehearsal at Dominion Chalmers – Nov. 24 from 6-8 pm

– Christmas concert – Dec. 7 at 7 pm

– Dominion Chalmers lunchtime concerts Fridays at noon – here’s all I could find http://www.dc-church.org/index.php?page=News

Links to our pieces:

I’ve decided to give you our pieces two ways.  Below you will find links to the URL if you want to listen to them in your browser.  If you right click over the speaker symbol, you can click on “play speed” to adjust the tempo so you can play along at your own speed, but the choices are very limited.  Unfortunately, JW Pepper doesn’t always give us the complete version; in two of them, the song just peters out.  This is true for both the browser versions below as well as the mp3 versions attached.


Virtual Insanity:


It had Better be Tonight:




The Best is Yet to Come:



MP3’s can be found in this Dropbox link. You do not have to join Dropbox to access them.  There are several ways to adjust the speed of mp3’s without changing the pitch:

If you are listening on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, Allan Silburt recommends the free Anytune or the $14.99 Anytune Pro apps


On Android phones, I recommend Audipo: Audio speed changer (free)


On your PC with Windows Media Player

  1. You need to be viewing Windows Media Player in “Now Playing” mode.  So, if you are currently viewing Windows Media Player 12 (WMP 12) in Library or Skin mode, etc., switch to the Now Playing mode by clicking the View menu tab and selecting the Now Playing option (if you can’t see the menu bar at the top of WMP 12’s screen because it has been turned off, then hold the [CTRL] key and press [M] to turn it on again, and then click the View menu tab).
  2. Right-click the main part of the screen and then choose Enhancements > Play Speed Settings.
  3. On the playback speed pop-up window that appears, use the slider bar to vary the speed that the audio or video is played. A value of 1 is for normal playback speed, while a lower or higher figure either slows or speeds up the playback. There are also pre-sets that you can use by clicking on the Slow, Normal, or Fast links near the top of the pop-up window.
  4. For more granular control, clear the check box next to the Snap Slider to Common Speeds option. This will enable you to fine tune the speed of the song or video being played back.

Ross Malegus has recommended Audacity, a free software, for the same purpose.


Have fun practising!

If you practise really well, you too could reap the financial rewards: