Senior Winds

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The Prairie Spirit East Senior Band is a higher level ensemble for players that have been playing three years or more and concentrates on a higher standard of repertoire. The Senior Band takes part in music festivals, retreats and tours across the Prairies and beyond.

The Senior Band is open to all students with at least 3 years playing experience or at the band directors discretion. It is a curricular class, with credits available to be obtained in grades 10, 11, and 12.

Students from all our communities come together to rehearse to give all students an ensemble setting to learn and perform in every 2nd Wednesday at Allan School from 1:15-4:30pm,

BUS TRANSPORTATION:

The school division provides bus transportation for INTERMEDIATE and SENIOR band students only. Busses depart from their home school location on Wednesdays at lunch and take them to Allan Composite School to attend division rehearsals. Students are still under school responsibility and thus MUST abide by the division issued rules for bus transportation.

Routes:  Bus #1 – Aberdeen, Colonsay   Bus #2 – Hanley/Dundurn    Bus #3 – SCP, Clavet

UNIFORMS:

  • White Dress Shirt/Blouse with collar (ordered for parents by the BPA upon request)

  • Black Dress Pants or Skirt (knee length or longer)

  • Black Socks/Leggings

  • Black Shoes

  • Black Vest or tie (school provided)

ASSESSMENT/EVALUATION:

All students have four reporting dates during the year: January, April and June. Marks and any applicable comments will be found on Powerschool.

Senior band students are assessed on four different levels; Personal Portfolios (a ongoing collection of set assignments, in different categories) Performance Skills, Theory/Music Concept Evaluations and General Musicianship.

Yearly Mark weighting:

Portfolios…………………………………………………………….. 15%

Performance Skills (15 per term)……………………………..  60% 

Musical concepts…………………………………………………. 10% 

Musicianship*……………………………………………………….. 15% 

*Musicianship is the demonstration of various facets that help the students in their goal of becoming a rounded musician and performer. Students are observed on attendance, punctuality, participation, attitude, expression, responsibility and their ability to take musical risks.

«Portfolios are designed to give students a documentation of their musical and personal growth throughout their participation in the music program. The portfolio is divided into several categories. Students will be assigned several projects in each reporting period related to the different categories and will be given a mark based on the completion of all assignments set.

Performance Skills – Each student is given a yearly list of performance based skills to complete throughout the year. While there are over 60 skills on the sheet on 45 need to be completed throughout the year. 15 for Each term.

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