ONHB Virtual Bands

Spring 2022 Session

This page provides information about the virtual bands and some tips for installing and configuring the Zoom application.

Listening Links for past sessions (including the current Winter 2022 Session) can always be found on the For Members page.

Key Information Applying to All Virtual Band Rehearsals

  • Dates: Eight consecutive rehearsals beginning April 19 and running to June 7
  • Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Zoom meeting online; participants will receive an invitation by band leaders’ email prior to the beginning of each weekly Zoom meeting
  • Fees: The fee will be $60 per band
  • Refunds: Withdrawal must take place before the third week to receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative charge
  • Registration: Registration for the Spring 2022 virtual session will be open March 28
  • Music: Links to the printable music parts will be sent to registrants by the band leaders the week before rehearsals begin

Band Descriptions

Spring Intermediate Jazz Band (Band Leader – Cathy Wilcox)
Tuesdays  7:00-8:00 p.m.
April 19 – June 7

Enjoy a variety of music, both in style and level of difficulty, from classic big band, swing, Motown, funk and rock. This band is appropriate for musicians with at least one year of experience. Pianists should play at RCM level grade 7+.

  1. All of Me  (arr. R Holmes)
  2. C Jam Blues  (arr. Stitzel)
  3. How High the Moon  (arr. Dave Wolpe)
  4. The Pink Panther  (arr. Mike Lewis)
  5. It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Swing (arr. M Sweeney)
  6. Ain’t No Sunshine  (arr. Stitzel)

Extra Challenges

  1. Think  (arr. Paul Murtha)
  2. Blackbird  (arr. Mike Tomaro)
  3. The Nearness of You  (arr. Mark Taylor)


Spring Intermediate Concert Band (Band Leader –
Felicia Persaud)
Tuesdays  7:00-8:00 p.m.
April 19 – June 7

Enjoy a variety of music, both in style and level of difficulty, including film favourites, well-known tunes, and diverse contemporary composers.

  1. Ancient Conquest  (Jay Coles)
  2. Byzantine Dances  (Carol Brittin Chambers)
  3. The Dark Knight  (Zimmer/Howard)
  4. Beyond the Highlands  (Benjamin Yeo)
  5. Emerald Point Overture  (Anne McGinty)
  6. Hymn to Freedom  (arr. Robert Buckley)
  7. Loch Lomond  (arr. JaRod Hall)
  8. Reflections  (Cait Nishimura)
  9. West Side Story (arr. Michael Sweeney)

How to Participate in Virtual Band Rehearsals
  1. All rehearsals will be conducted online via the Zoom app.
  2. Members will need to install the Zoom app ahead of time. See below for some tips on installing and configuring Zoom.
  3. Members will be expected to download and print their music from a link provided by their band leader.
  4. Typically, band leaders will conduct while playing an MP3 recording of the music. All players will be muted and so won’t be able to hear what others are playing.

Tips for Installing and Configuring Zoom

Installation

  • Zoom is available for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers.
  • Ensure that you have downloaded and installed the most recent update.
  • For tablets and smartphones, visit the corresponding app store.
  • For laptop and desktop computers, visit the Zoom download page.

Tips for Participating in an ONHB Zoom Rehearsal
  • Setting yourself up:
    • Find a quiet place to set up, with a strong WiFi signal (or use an Ethernet cable if you have one to connect to your router). Place your music stand where you can still see your bandleader on the Zoom screen while playing your instrument.
    • Use headphones/earphones for the best audio experience.
    • Click on the Zoom meeting link that you received from your band leader and follow the prompts to join the meeting.
  • During the Zoom rehearsal:
    • Familiarise yourself with the buttons on the bottom of your Zoom screen, particularly with the mute, video and chat options. It is generally recommended to mute your mic when first joining – your band leader will guide you further on this. You have the option to select whether your video is on or off during rehearsal. For more info on Zoom controls, click here.
    • Your band leader will control the music link, allowing you to play along while muted. He/she will not hear you play, nor will the other band members.
    • If you have questions during rehearsal, please use the Chat button.
    • Optional resource: Top 10 Tips for Good Zoom Hygiene and Etiquette in Education
Help

Don’t hesitate to ask for help with any of this. Contact your band leader or email info@ottawanewhorizons.com.