Greetings Capital Crescendos,
Theme of the Week: Focus on keeping a steady tempo even while changing the dynamics. There is a tendency to play slower when playing more quietly and faster when playing more loudly. Practising with a metronome can help you to keep a steady tempo.
Remember to bring your name tag and wear it. With lots of new band members, name tags are a great way to get to know each other’s names.
This Week’s Rehearsal:
This week our rehearsal started with a focus on the F major scale. We began with page 43 from Traditional of Excellence, Concert F Major Warm-Up, followed by line 88 from page 18, also in F Major. Remember that Traditional of Excellence is an excellent tool for warming up. Try to find pieces or exercises in the same key and with the same rhythms as the ones we are working on. Next we worked on Kings Row, a British march, which means the tempo is slightly slower than an American march. We focussed on bringing all the parts together. At bar 10 there is a decrescendo, bar 11 is mp, bar 12 is mf and bar 13 is f. At bar 15 there is another decrescendo. As we worked on the first 23 bars, we made sure we could hear what everyone is playing. At bar 58 make sure to watch the conductor. At bar 81 there is a decrescendo and note the dynamics at bar 91 are mf, increasing to f at bar 92, and increasing to ff at bar 93. We then worked on Dona Nobis Pacem. Sheila reminded us of the importance of posture and introduced us to the “don’t shoot” stretch. She also showed us an excellent breathing exercise; “2-1 breathing” which is beneficial in many ways; helps us to relax and open up, which results in more efficent breathing and improved tone production. Inhale for 4 beats and exhale for 8 (twice the duration of your inhalation).
Following break we played 76 Trombones in 6/8 time, 1 2 3 4 5 6 which will then be taken as 1, 2 ( 2 beats in the bar). New music was distributed for Ode to Joy. (For those who missed this week’s rehearsal, someone in your section has taken music for you.) Make sure to watch Sheila for dynamic and tempo changes. Next we worked on Autumn Rains. At bar 21 note the tempo increase. Finally we worked on Flourish. It is a challenge to keep moving in the lyrical parts. Make sure to listen and keep moving forward, and maintain a steady tempo.
Please continue to bring Broadway Favorites and Tradition of Exellence 2 to our rehearsals. Next week, we will be working on Flourish, Jazzoo, Scottish Ballad, Magnificent Seven, Cabaret and 76 Trombones.
Thanks to our social committee for organizing a great brunch at the Colonnade restaurant on Carling. It was well attended and lots of fun.
Sunday December 16 afternoon: ONHB Seasonal concert at Brookfield High School
1. King’s Row by C. STROMMEN, C https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2442085
2. Scottish Ballad, William Douglas, arr. Robert Sheldon. https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2478608
3. La La Land (Highlights from) by Justin Hurwitz, arr Michael Brown https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10771426
4. Autumn Rains by Patrick Roszell https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10908189
5. Flourish, Feldstein & Clark https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2474688
6. Magnificent Seven by Elmer Bernstein/arr. Phillippe https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10015317
7. Jazzoo by David Shaffer https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2481416
8. Dona Nobis Pacem 4781838