Announcements and Rehearsal Notes for October 22

This Sunday, October 28 is the ONHB Annual General Meeting (AGM).  All ONHB musicians are entitled to vote. Two musicians will be elected to our board of directors.  Art Stewart, our own JJB band rep is a nominee.  Hope to see many of you there.  Meeting from 2 – 3:30 at Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave.

Next Monday, October 29, we have clinics during the first hour.

Percussion –   Ivan – 5:45  Music room 154

Bass Guitar –  Sarah – 5:45  Music practice room, off music room.

Guitars           – Dave   – 6:30 – Music practice room

Saxes –             Zac – 6:30  – Staff room 142

Flutes, Clarinets, Trumpets, F horn, Trombones, Tuba – Rocco  – 6:30 On stage in auditorium (set up and warm up by 6:15 if possible)

Please contribute to Marcia (flute) for refreshments (once per session) if you wish to partake ($2-$5 suggested)

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If you have any ideas for a social event, please send Cathy an email. Holly, our social coordinator, is off for a couple of weeks.

Please remember to wear your name tag to rehearsal.  It really helps our clinicians, and me!

Learn to read music faster:    Smart Music (classic) is $40 (US), and is an excellent online tool for practicing pieces and learning how to read music.  You can select and play music from First Place for Jazz and other method books, and over 5000 easy to medium difficulty band pieces and solos.  You learn by reading the piece on your monitor and then seeing which pitches and rhythms you played correctly (they turn green) and where errors were made (red). Smart Music is highly recommended because you get instant feedback each time you play, and can correct mistakes (rather than practice them inadvertently!).   

Rehearsal Notes:

Here is what we worked on last Monday, and will be working on this coming Monday. Listen to the links especially for these particular areas, and then apply slow practice, beautiful tone, and articulations to nail it.

Pages 1-3 in First Place for Jazz  – degrees of the scale (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8);  a  Major 7 chord is built in thirds 1,3,5,7  (this is the I 7  chord  – example Bb D F A, or C E G B;   Dave ‘Jazzy’ Jones mentioned the V7   (built on the fifth degree) – Dominant seventh chord, which has a flat seven a typical sound of jazz;    common rhythms in jazz;  steps to improvization (exercises with the Interactive Practice Studio online)

Jumpin’ Jellybeans – straight eighth notes (rock feel) listen on Smart Music or (enter the code on the back inside cover of your book) student pages 4-5,   lead sheet page 50    two note solo improv (try this at home with the Interactive Practice Studio)

So What   –  the distinctive chords in this piece are built in fourths  example: E A D G,  or D G C F , and are now known as So What chords.  Dave Jones demonstrated an improv based on the tune, using only the tune notes (concert pitches D, A B C D E ).  Listen to the link.  Look at “Melody Workout” on the reverse side of So What.  Try out an improv at home, based on only these pitches.  Try out the written solo. Write your own solo, if you feel inspired!

Stay Cool-  road map: Dal Segno at measure 67 (colour it yellow), go back to measure 36 (colour yellow), play to the end of measure 41 (to Coda), colour symbol in red, jump to the Coda (measure 68) colour red. Work on measures 52-60, remembering staccatos are lightly played.  The first note of a slur, give more weight to the note, and the second note of a slur is staccato (light and short) – think of one bounce on a trampoline: down up;    Work on last two measures, with crescendo, slur, staccatos, and short accent (last note).

Into the Sun  –  Work on: measure 17 – 18 check rhythm in the recording and sing it several times.  We tend to take too long a rest at the beginning of m 18! NO HOLIDAY HERE!  measure 24 (a slurred run); measures 60 – end 72 check the listening link and note how the winds and the brass “converse”, and one starts immediately after the last eighth note of the other.  This happens so quickly, you can’t wait to hear the eighth note, or you will be late on beat 1!  Work on single measures at a time, to really get the feel of the articulations, which make this piece dance!

Moondance – mm 13 – 20 attention to articulation, because saxes, flutes, clarinets and trumpets play it together, and it will be muddy if we aren’t uniform in our phrasing and articulations, (and trombones and bari sax be sure to pop off the “and” of beat 2;   mm 37 – 40 great job trombones!; trumpets take over the tune at mm 40 – 44, so polish this part under tempo first, with beautiful tone, then add articulations and work up to tempo slowly;  mm 44 – 53 and mm 77 – 85  sax focus!!

In the second hour of October 29, we will run all our pieces in this order, for fun! 

Jumpin’ Jellybeans (two 2-note solos please)

So What   (a solo – either based on the tune – melody is on back of piece) as Dave showed us, or the sample solo – anyone brave?  So What if you play a wrong note…just play it like you mean it – right?)

Stay Cool  (solos are written in parts – tr 2, tenor sax 2)

Into the Sun  (solo 1 (8 bars)   trumpet with melody or two note solo, solo 2 (8 bars) – tenor sax) (* next week: 4 new people do 8 bar solos*)

Moondance  (Solos:  Measure 61 – 69 the brave clarinets this week!, measure 77 – 85 alto saxes, mm 37 – 40 trombones;  mm 40 – 44  trumpets)

Ain’t Misbehavin’   (Solo: piano     *piano and vibes next week*)

‘Round Midnight (optional – play the notes you can. If you are tired, enjoy listening as you pack up! This is our “challenge” piece that will take two sessions, maybe more…)