Spring Extension Bands

After the standard term ends with the April ONHB Spring Concert, there are often a variety of spring extension sessions organized either by volunteers or by band leaders. These generally run about 7-10 weeks, depending on availability of band leaders and venues.  The fee is set to cover the band leader, any music purchase and payment processing fees, and rental of rehearsal venue.  Extension bands are announced near the end of the Winter term.

The Spring Extension Bands for Spring 2018 will include:

1. Two Spring Extension Concert Bands

  • An all-level band led by Laurie Hamilton
  • A Tour Ireland Band, led by Cathy Wilcox, for ONHB musicians who are booked on the Ireland Performance Tour to work up our repertoire for the tour.
  • The music will include a wide range of styles.
  • All this fun!  Only $80.
  • Tuesdays, April 24– June 12, 2018, 6:30 – 8:45 pm.
  • Location – Brookfield HS, except weeks of June 5 and June 12 at Woodroffe United Church.
  • Concert June 12.
  • Please register online between April 7 and April 17.  Online payment preferred.
  • Fee $80.
  • Frequently Asked Questions:
    Who is eligible to play in the Spring Extension all-level Concert Band?
    ONHB musicians from all levels are invited to join. Come and play what you can!  We have room to accept applications from external musicians this year as well for the all-level band.
    Who is eligible to play in the Tour Ireland Band
    ONHB musicians who have booked with Ellison to travel to Ireland.
    How many pieces and what level is the repertoire?
    We usually select 6-10 pieces (depending on length), and the level ranges from 1.5 (example: Celtic Air and Dance)  to 3 (example: Gabriel’s Oboe).
    What does the fee cover?
    The fee covers rental of the facility and custodian, band leaders, new music purchased, processing and banking fees.

Please contact Cathy Wilcox if you have any questions.

2.  Spring Extension Jumpin’ Jazz Band (Beginner)

  • Led by Kyle Nurse.
  • All musicians with a minimum of two years of playing experience on their instrument will find the music challenging and fun, and can join and “play what you can”  (piano and drum need proficiency at a higher level, around grade VIII conservatory for piano).
  • The band will maintain the winter repertoire and add 3-4 new pieces to play at a community event on the evening of June 12.
  • All this fun!  Only $80.
  • Tuesdays, April 24– June 12, 2018, 6:30 – 8:45 pm.
  • Location – Brookfield HS, except weeks of June 5 and June 12 at Woodroffe United Church
  • Concert June 12.
  • Please register online between April 7 and April 17.  Online payment preferred.
  • Fee $80.
  • Please contact Kyle Nurse if you have any questions.

3.  Spring Extension Downtown Jazz Band (Intermediate)

  • Led by Paul Behne.
  • For the intermediate jazz musician who wants to perform in a big band.  The band will maintain current year’s repertoire and add some new pieces for a concert at a retirement residence.
  • Thursdays at 7-9 pm.
  • Thursdays April 19 – June 14, 2017.
  • Location – Merivale High School (except Apr. 26, May 3 and May 24)  at Woodroffe United Church)
  • Private Concert at Ravines Retirement Residence on June 20 at 7 pm.
  • Registration by email and payment by cheque or cash (fee determined once we know the numbers attending).  To join, please email Prospero Vito before April 9.

4. Advanced Clarinet Bootcamp

  • Led by Angela Blackwell
  • You must be able to play happily in the top register and also (maybe unhappily) a little altissimo.
  • Where: Woodroffe United Church.
  • When: Wednesdays May 2 – June 20, 6.30 to 8.30 pm.
  • Concert on June 20th or 27th, TBC.
  • Registration by email and payment by cheque or cash, amount to be determined by the number of participants.  To join or for further information, email Angela Blackwell.