Next band season starts Monday Sept 9th 2019
Cost is $150 for each of the 3 terms or $420 for the year.
band is from 500-730 .
People may arrive late or leave early if they need to.
The band plays at a 1-4. level (band music is graded from 1-5, 5 being University level). I would say the main band can sight read at a 2-2.5 level We perform a few times each year.
The main band plays beginner to 1.5 level music for the first 50 minutes then 20-2.5 level for the next 50 minutes and then 2.5-3.0 level for the last 50 minutes. Players can come for all sessions.
What do you need?
Players need their own music stand, a pencil to mark the music and an instrument that's it we supply music, rehearsal space and its insurance. I limit some instruments to keep the band balanced. I would advise you to speak to me about instrument choices.We do have some instruments we can lend.
The bands only requirement of the players is that they pay their dues enjoy themselves and be harmonious it's not about meeting “the standard”.
Room for players of every level of ambition and accomplishment.
One of the nice things about band music is that the ambitious players that like to practice etc. can be challenged by playing the 1st parts or learning a solo whilst those that just like to play and not practice that much or are beginners can enjoy the easier 2nd and 3rd parts and still contribute and enjoy the band experience.
The band has quite a few pieces for a solo instrument and band and I will also often feature a section of the band. If you want to do one of the harder solos get the music from me and when you think it's presentable play it for me.
Solos are fun, can be inspirational for the less advanced players to hear, are great for developing playing skills etc.. but are often not as interesting for the accompanying players so the solo part must be solid .
We have solos for piano, trumpet, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone and oboe. I am always thrilled when a player shows an interest in bettering themselves!
If there is a piece you want to play that we have not budgeted for (or don't own, yet) you can buy the music yourself so we can play it, if you have something in mind check with me to see if the instrumentation is suitable. If you make a request and it comes at a time when we still have money in the music budget we will purchase it, if it's a piece we can play and that players will generally enjoy.
We play classical, pop, jazz,big band, folk, movie music etc..
When there is enough interest and support we offer saxophone, clarinet and mixed or genre specific ensembles.
A large part of the success of the band is due to me spending many hours studying scores so that the unique (and ever changing) combination of players we have will have appropriate music. I have a good idea of peoples musical tastes and strengths. I try to accommodate requests and program a wide variety of music.
Each summer I work on the coming years program based on the players and the level of the band at the last concert, I look at the scores and imagine the exact players I have playing. If the composition of the band changes I adjust the music selection.
A lot of the music we play is just fun, that is to say it is light, amusing and of little consequence but to only play this sort of music would be a disservice.
Music is much more than fun it can be moving, transcendent, glorious and describe and enable us to experience the world and emotions in different and deep ways. Playing in the band will help you to develop a more sophisticated understanding of music which in turn makes music more enjoyable, rewarding and meaningful to you. Playing a wide range of music makes you a better player being good makes the whole thing more enjoyable.
I often refer to the band as an instructional band (as in we work to play better) as opposed to players just getting together to play at what ever ability level they have leveled out at.
The great cellist Pablo Casals was asked why he still practiced at 93 he replied ' I think I am getting better'. One of my favorite quotes is from Oliver Cromwell, “when you stop trying to be better you cease to be good”, so true.
There are endless studies about music improving health and brain function.