ONHB Virtual Bands

Spring 2023 Session

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

Join us from anywhere in Canada! If you are an adult musician with at least one year of experience, you are welcome to register for a virtual band.


Key Information Applying to All Virtual Band Rehearsals

  • Dates: Eight consecutive rehearsals beginning April 25 and running to June 13.
  • Rehearsal length: one hour
  • Location: Zoom meeting online; participants will receive an invitation by band leader’s email prior to the beginning of each weekly Zoom meeting
  • Fees: The fee will be $60.
  • Refunds: Withdrawal must take place before the third week to receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative charge.
  • Registration: Registration for the Spring 2023 virtual session will be open from March 27 until April 12.
  • Music: Links to the printable music parts will be sent to registrants by the band leader the week before rehearsals begin.


Band Description

Intermediate Jazzy Concert Band (Band Leader – Cathy Wilcox)
Tuesdays  7:00-8:00 p.m.
April 25 – June 13

Both concert and jazz musicians will enjoy these well-known tunes, written in accessible, flexible (‘Flex’) arrangements.  Each musician may choose from a range of parts at various levels of difficulty. These pieces can be performed by as few as five to seven musicians and sound complete, which could lead to small groups forming to play their favourites over the spring and summer months.

  1. Watermelon Sugar (arr. Mike Sheppard)
  2. Freedom (arr. P Murtha)
  3. Highlights from The Lion King  (arr. M Brown)
  4. Highlights from Rocketman  (arr. J Vinson)
  5. Spider-Man: No Way Home Main Theme  (M Giacchino, arr. J Vinson)
  6. Sinatra in Concert  (arr. Jerry Nowak)
  7. Tijuana Brass in Concert  (arr. Ted Ricketts)
  8. The Genius of Ray Charles  (Michael Brown)
  9. It Don’t Mean a Thing  (arr. Michael Sweeney)
  10. Summertime (Gershwin, 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


  • 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


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