I hope everyone has had a wonderful thanksgiving. This coming Wednesday is our Third Division Hub Classes in Allan. Attendance is hugely important with our first performance just around the corner.
‘A Night at the Movies’ PSSD East Fundraiser Concert–October 25th, Clavet School @ 7pm
The second fundraiser of the year will place on Wednesday October 25th at Clavet School. With special guests “The Saskatoon Brass Band”, Prairie Spirit East Senior Band presents “A Night at the Movies”. A fundraiser concert and evening of music in film and fun for all featuring performances from the senior band, Saskatoon Brass Band and special guests.
Tickets for the event are $15 for adults $10 for students and Children under 10 free. All students are able to sell tickets using this form: Night at the Movies Guest List. 50% of the ticket price will go to the student that sells the tickets family fundraising account and 50% goes towards the purchase of instruments primarily for the grade 5/6 music programs.
All beginners are now starting work with instruments although we are still awaiting a few instruments from our supplier to get everyone started. For the first few weeks students are using a free online workbook and resource called Basic Band.
Using their website students have access to videos and a printable handbook (all students have been given) which help the student get the basics of playing posture, embouchure (muscles in the mouth used), breathing, setting up the instrument and how to clean the instrument among other important informational videos.
Resources for beginner band:
Basic Band http://basicband.info/ – Click on the drop down menu and select your instrument
page 2/3 basic set up and sound
page 4/5 pitches and notes
page 8/9 first five notes
Optional free app: Band Blasthttp://www.bandblast.com/
An excellent fun learning tool with games and playing tips from professionals.
The cookie dough orders are in today after lunch Thursday Oct 5. Pick up is at Melissa Andrades house in Sunset Estates #244. Please call her if you need to make alternate arrangements (306) 477-7417. Thanks to all who participated.
While we are still working on the basics of music fundamentals and note reading, the Grade 5’s will also be starting their instrumental instruction next week (October 2nd) please ensure that you bring your instrument to classes from then on.
We are in full flow and starting to prepare for our winter concert season after three weeks of getting back to basics. PLEASE ensure the your instruments come to class for instruction.
This is an Allan Division Class week. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday to work on our upcoming concert on October 25th at Clavet School.
This week is also a concepts/composition week in your regular weekly class. Please remember to have your instrument and relevant materials for class.
Hoping everyone has had a great summer. The 2017/18 School year is upon us we are excited for another year of music learning, making and appreciating!
We are delighted to welcome Ms. Thompson to come teach in Hanley and Dundurn. We congratulate Mr. Ward on his new position in the West Band program and say a sad farewell to Mr. Streisel who is moving into Saskatoon. Everyone will get the chance to meet Ms. Thompson on the first Division Hub Classes in Allan start on September 13th.
Music Classes resume in home schools on Thursday September 7th.
Next Wednesday is both the 2017/18 sign up/information night and the Band Parents AGM at Clavet School.
The Band Parents Association is looking for upwards of 3 volunteers for next year. Please contact Mr. Martin if you are interested in helping the program grow and can offer any assistance to the program.
4:30-6:30pm – Meet the Teacher, Sign up and rental information
6:15pm – Band Parent Association AGM
Both Mr. Martin, Mr. Ward and the Band Parents Association will be there to answer any questions about next year. Brett Graham from St.Johns music will also be in attendance to field any questions or set up rental contracts for instruments.
We are excited that all schools will be studying music in grade 5 and 6 next year. This will also change the division band format slightly. Starting from the fall the Intermedite and Senior Band will combine to create the East Winds.
All students grades 7-12 will only have one class per cycle in their home schools in addition to the bi-weekly rehearsals in Allan School. This will result in pull out time being reduced on average to just less than 2 pull out classes a week.
All division band students will also get the chance to choose from 4 other ensembles in addition to the East Winds and for students in grades 10-12 this will mean the option of gaining extra music credits of their choice.
Please read the above (attached) document explaining the changes.