EE: (notes for) 30 Jan 2018



-Retirement home show: Bookmark Oakpark Retirement Residence on Wednesday 25 April at 7:30PM.  Program/me: term 1 and 2 music.


Thank you to those who volunteered to help with start-of-term photocopying.  If you’d like to add your name as a helper this week, you’re more than welcome to. This usually involves 3-4 people meeting at Staples and spending 4 hours organising music before the term starts.


We are now looking for 2 people to help with snack layout.  This involves leaving rehearsal 4 mins early to set up the snacks in the staff room.




This coming week’s order:
March of the Trolls

Beatles 1964

Windjammer slow sections (beginning and middle) (without trumpet solos)


Next week’s order:

Windjammer faster section (also maybe with trumpet solos checkup)


What to bring:

-music stand (especially if you play flute, oboe, and clarinet.  Priority of on-site stands go to large instruments like bass and bari sax)

-Essential Elements Book 2 (St. John’s is likely not to be there, but you can share with a bandmate I am sure.)

-Water cloth (to empty water on for brass instruments)

-a pencil (important!)

-term 1 music (eventually)  We will combine both term’s music for the extra volunteer show


-Indoor shoes are recommended to leave a good impression.

-Toothbrush opt. (please remember to rinse out your mouth before playing to avoid nutrient+moisture buildup in your instruments…)


6:30-7:30          Full band:  Music Room 154


7:30-7:45          Refreshments  in Room 142




March of the Trolls


-quarter note=125 bbm

-I would like to try omitting bars 59-65 of the piece.


-Fls: bars 12 and 76, decrescendo only at end of bar (keep volume up longer), practise melody  at 38 (listen to recording)

-Upper WWs/Altos: steady 16ths at beginning.  Tendency is to rush and we want to hear first note, last note, and an even middle tempo regardless of right note.

-Clarinets: practise at a good forte dynamic (for better tone quality throughout) and with a focus on articulation (tongue end of notes also).  FF dynamic at 30.  Practise soli at 34.

-All saxophones play small notes at 51+.

-Bari Sax/Tenor Sax/Bass: look over 36 for exposed part.  Look over the beginning with a metronome to ensure a steady rhythm.  Make notes to self assess every 2 bars or so.

-Trumpets: short notes, even when not marked.

-Mid and Low brass: short notes, even when not marked.  Bring out quarters at 22.

-Percussion: steady rhythm throughout with the basses.  Bells/Tamb/BD/Timp part esp.


How Does a Moment Last Forever?


-Clarinets: beginning: slightly stronger dynamic and steady rhythm.  Bring out low notes..

-Altos: alto-heavy piece!  Everyone is welcome to play Alto 1 at the beginning if they want, but I need a few to switch to Alto 2 for bar 30.  Look over: beginning-21, 39-52.  Acquaint yourselves with the rhythm on time so that we can bring out expression and ensemble playing in rehearsal.

-Bari Sax/Tenor Sax/Euph: look over bar 55 as it’s a feature.  (8th notes)

-Trumpets: more 2nd and 3rd trumpet volume to bring a nice harmony sound to the section.

-Trombones: play small notes in the beginning


Beatles 1964


-All: confident entry bars 4-6.  Wait for beat 3 from conductor.  Bar 102: short and quiet (!)

-Altos play little notes at 52: practise steady rhythm

-TSax/Hn/Euph/Altos: bar 52+, mind the rest on beat 1.

-Percussion: lots of exposed parts.  Focus on steady esp Bongos and Mallets at 48 (exposed)

-Percussion 1: 2nd last bar fermata: little solo fill, make something up!




Beginning (slow section):


-All middle and low instruments: 22-30 hairpin dynamics.  Practise increasing and decreasing dynamics steadily while changing notes.  Some notes at the moment have a tendency to be immediately louder and this distracts from the melody.  Keep smooth and within accompaniment context.

-Upper WWs: don’t worry about bar 29.  The downbeat of bar 30 is more important, and if playing bar 29 is causing this to be missed, don’t play 29 until more comfortable.


-Hn/Euph/TSax: look over rhythm 13-22*

-Trps/Altos/Cls: look over rhythm 22-29*

*both groups: distinguish two sixteenths from two eighths (listen to recording)


– (!!!!) Alto 1/Trps/Euph: please look over 30-35 at home (!!!!)

-low and middle WWs/Cls/Euph: practise bar 28; especially bari sax

-Trb 1/Euph/Tsax: bar 25 – watch accidental of 2nd note (check key signature) J

-Percussion: need mallets coverage at bar 35+


Middle part 1 (moderate section)

-no notes for now.  Individual practice.


Middle part 2 (slow section)

-Altos/Tenors/Hn/Euph: bars 148-151: important countermelody to look over.


End (moderate section and slow conclusion)

-All except Fls: look over what you have 155-171

-no othernotes for now.  Individual practice.





Instrument         Room Number            Clinician

Flute/Oboe         Room 112                    Jasmine Ruffo

Clarinet              Room 114                    Angela Blackwell

Alto Sax             Library 108                   Peter Gemmell

Trumpet/FH       Room 115                    Jessica Granata

Low Sax/Brs/Bs Staff Room                   Adrian Cosstick

Percussion         Room 142  (staff room), 143 (guidance room) Dominique Moreau


Looking Ahead

Tuesday 06 Feb: Flutes and oboes join Angela in 114

Tuesday 13 Feb and 20 Feb: Clarinets join Jasmine in 112

Tuesday 20 Feb: Angela is your clinician – joins altos in library


Second term concert date: Sunday 15 April, afternoon time TBD at Woodroffe United Church.

Volunteer Concert : Wednesday 25 April, 7:30PM, Oakpark Retirement Residence (2 Valour Dr).  

Spring Band concert date: Tuesday 12 June, evening time TBD, at Woodroffe United Church







(Thanks Jackie for linking these!)




March of the Trolls


How Does a Moment Last Forever


The Beatles: 1964!





Buccaneer Suite

Phantom of the Opera

Whispers from Beyond


I’m a Believer