EE: 06 November

Hi Elgin Encores:


Thank you for a SOLID rehearsal tonight.  It sounded very tight and confident.  Reminder…

-There is no rehearsal next week.  We will see you again on the 20th.

-Use the front door to enter the school ONLY.  You may exit through any door but must enter through Brookfield’s main entrance.

-If it snows or becomes muddy, bring a change of shoes so that we don’t leave a trail throughout the school hallways.

-Our concert is Sunday 16 December 16 at or after 1PM (TBC).

-We will vote on our pieces to play at the show at the end of rehearsal on the 20th. Remember that everything carries through into semestre 2.

-Practice notes below for the next two weeks (with percussion notes & flute attachments at different speeds for Oceanscapes).  Enjoy!


Also there is a trombone day scheduled at St. John’s music this Saturday featuring Donald Renshaw from the NAC.  Trombonists of all levels are encouraged to attend, as well as anyone who likes anything trombone.



Rehearsal Order


20 NOVEMBER (changed)

All About that Bass

The Cat’s Pajamas

I am the Doctor


Postcard from England


Music in the Dark

(+ vote)






To practise :

5-note warmup

FL, OB, TRB/EUPH/BASS: Db, Ab, Eb, Bb, F, C, G (and in reverse order)

CL, TENOR, TRP/COR: Eb, Bb, F, C, G, D, A (and in reverse order)

ALTO, BARI: Bb, F, C, G, D, A, E (and in reverse order)



I am the Doctor

ALTOS, 1st TRP – keep steady in repeated sections

TENORS@81 – quiet and shorter, keep steady

PERC throughout, especially the crescendos


All About that Bass

TROMBONES 17-33-41 faster tempo

TENORS 25-33 faster tempo



Danny Elfman’s Music in the Dark

ALL: respect the markings (phrasing, tempi)

SAXOPHONES: We changed 46-61 to downbeats (while low brass/hns have offbeats)

LOW INSTRUMENTS: 61-76 – short! when accented


Postcard from England

FL1&2, CLS: noodley bits – they’re coming along!

ALL: 56-66


The Cat’s Pajamas

CLS & TENORS: 5-13 without pickup notes in bars 6 & 8

79-87 without pickup notes in bars 80 & 82

ALL: 62-79: dynamic changes and entries, rhythm @ 68



FLS: 93-117 (see attachment for slower version to bring up eventually)

CLS & FLS: 9-20 (use recording)

ALL: 78-93 (brass delay the cresc.  bring the fp to a real p); 160-end

Jeremy, add to ‘timpani’ part:

Suspended cymbal rolls Percussion 2 12-30
Suspended cymbal roll Percussion 2 88-93 + crash on SC @ 91
Suspended cymbal rolls + crash cymbals on SC Percussion 2 145-151

(timp solo @ 152)

Nikki, add to ‘Percussion 1’ part (pls play SD):

Triangle Percussion 2 13-16
Triangle Percussion 2 93-110 (fast switch)


All About that Bass by Kevin Kadish and Meghan Trainor, arranged by Paul Murtha

Cat’s Pajamas (The) by Pierre La Plante

I am the Doctor by Murray Gold, arranged by Robert Buckley

Music in the Dark arranged by Danny Elfman, arranged by Johnnie Vinson

Postcard from England by Robert Buckley

Oceanscapes by Rob Romeyn