January 31 Capital Crescendos notes

Capital Crescendos Band Notes January 31 2019


Important Dates to Remember

February  7 at 11:00 AM  – Brunch  at Colonnade in the Fairlawn Mall on Carling Ave.

March 14 – No Band Rehearsal

April 11 – Tentative Community Concert date – location to be determined. Suggestions are welcome and should be forwarded to Sheila or Kathryn

April 14 – Spring Concert – Woodroffe United Church. Time to be determined.


Email Check:

If you did not receive either Sheila’s weather notices or Kathryn’s updates last week please notify Sheila to make sure your email is on both lists.  Also on the attendance sheet you need to check off if you are willing to share your email.


Weather Check

On Thursdays check you email in the morning as there will be a notice sent out by 10:00 AM if  that days rehearsal needs to be cancelled


Next Weeks Clinics:

Scout Hall – Percussion , Trumpet, French Horn, Base Guitar

Chapel – Low Brass

Sanctuary – Clarinet, Sax and Bassoons

Basement – Oboes and flute

Sheila will let you know if there are any changes next Thursday before clinics


Music Links – when listening to the links feel where the beats are and how the notes are articulated.  It is important to put your instrument, music down and  just listen to get the essence of the piece. Get an overall picture. – EX Bazaar  – feel  the splendour of a Middle Eastern open air market.


Here are the listening links:

  1. Hymn to Freedom.  https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10759013
  2. Best of Queen. https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2476683

    2. The Willow Tree.  https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10910764

    3. Bazaar.  https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10790908

    4. Salute to Louis Armstrong.  https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2476687





Second Hour Rehersal


Warm – Up –  B flat concert in whole, half, quarter notes. Worked a bit on chords, dynamics and cut offs.  Off beats where next. Suggestion to help with the off beats. Either by walk and clap pattern – you decide which is on or off the beat, singing or articulating the off  beats. Good luck.


Bazaar – essence of an open air Middle Eastern Market, sounds, smells, taste and feel in a spice filled area.

Percussion is featured in this piece, have the feeling of adventure.

Work at  100 to fine tune your articulation. Then gradually increase the tempo. Do not loose the detail of your articulation.

Bar 12 – decrescendo to prepare for bar 13

Bar 17 – come right off – nice and clean

Bar 50 – rhythm and notes are great – add clean articulations, accent , tenuto, marcato,


The Willow Tree –  an Irish Choral piece inspired by traditional music with  the link between humans and nature. The willow tree represents wistful sadness with joy.

Beginning – come in with a clean articulation but mp entry and do not drag eight notes.

When you have the melody  – long lines and legato smooth  playing.

Rhythms – sixteenths (1 e + a) and then to eight note. (1+)

Bar 34 – 35 – watch Sheila for rit.  There will be no cut off

Bar 47 and 48 = Watch Sheila as there is a rall and you need to watch her baton for the correct count.


Best of Queen – this is Queen so sing out the articulation. Articulation again is key.

Slow it down in practice to fine tune the articulation and gradually increase tempo.

Bar 24-26 – We did a great job in dynamics so just remember what you did.

We are to practice in 4/4 for now. Eventually we will be doing this piece in cut time.