We are now into the busy part of the Band Year – Festivals, tours and other performances! Remember that to do our best as a group everyone needs to practice and know their own parts as an individual, as well as attend all rehearsals. Here are a few highlights of events to watch for in the coming months:
U of S High School Select Band – This is a band formed by top students in the province and this year we have 5 Senior Band students representing PSSD West Band! Ashley Nuefeld, Kezia Fourie, Jessica Nicholls, Rylee Fyson and Garrett Whelan are all participating in the group rehearsals on January 30- February 1. There will be a concert at the University of Saskatchewan Education Building (Quance Theatre) on February 1 at 1:00. Everyone is welcome to attend!
February 6 – Warman Community Middle School is hosting a concert by Al Kay and a brass quintet. We have been invited to attend. Information is on the blog http://blogs.spiritsd.ca/pssdwestband/
March 19-20 – PSSD Music Conference for Grade 7-12 students- More information will be given out as it becomes available.
March 24 – Senior and Junior Bands perform at the Twin Rivers Music Festival in Dalmeny. Busing will be provided and more details to follow as the schedule has not been made yet.
April 30-May 3 – Senior Band tour. Senior Students can expect more information in the coming weeks on tour as it is being planned now.
May 4 – Music Monday
May 23 – Junior Band tour to Regina (Springfest Music Festival). More information will be out as soon as we have information back from the Festival.
May 27 –7:00-8:30pm Spring Concert in Delisle- Beginner, Junior, Senior and Jazz Bands performing.
May 28, 29 – In division tour (performances at our schools) This will be Senior and Jazz on Thursday and Junior and Jazz on Friday.
There will not be any band classes in June as this is the time when we recruit the Beginners from the Grade 4 classes.
A Guide for Parents/Guardians with Children in Band
Learning a musical instrument is a family affair. Your child needs your guidance and encouragement to make steady progress, to overcome learning hurdles and to enjoy and feel good about the process. Band class mainly focuses on the improvement of the group. Therefore, individual music practice is absolutely necessary if your child want to become a better musician.
- Your child may need reminders and encouragement to practice. Establish a time of day to practice that works best for your child and for you.
- 15-20 Minutes, every other day is a good place to start (this does not include setting up and taking apart the instrument). If your student wants to practice longer, then let them
- Help your child set up a special place at home to practice. The space should be free of distraction. It should have good lighting, a folding music stand and a firm, straight-backed chair to promote correct posture and breathing (standing is fine too).
- Encourage your child to practice with the CD in their method book. These CDs match up with what they should practice in their method book and show good tone, rhythm, note length, pitch and they are fun to play with. The “Tradition of Excellence” book also includes a DVD with beginner lessons for their specific instrument.
- Take an interest in what your child is learning. Praise your child for each step forward. NEVER make negative or discouraging remarks about how your child’s playing sounds. It takes time and effort to produce musical sounds. Offer encouragement and show that you’re interested in how your child is doing. The important thing is to remember is that consistent practice will yield results. Students will get out of it what they put into it.
- The fastest way to get better at in instrument is to take private lessons outside of school time. They will help your child progress much more quickly and could also help them become more motivated on their instrument. If your child is interested in the possibility of a private lesson contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will give you some suggestions for professional teachers for your child’s specific instrument.
A few final thoughts: Learning and mastering a musical instrument is an accomplishment to be proud of. It can build self-esteem, confidence and socialization skills. It is an interest and a skill that can last a lifetime. Parents play an important, supportive role in creating an environment that will foster steady progress and enjoyment.
~ Adam Streisel
For those who perhaps missed the first Clothing order, or maybe you’ve seen your friends wearing them and now you want a band hoody/t-shirt too!
The PSW Band Parents Association is going to be placing another clothing order with Back40 Embroidery. The options are to purchase either T-shirts or Hoodies in the band colors (Purple or Grey). The PSWB logo will be embroidered an all items. There is also the option to have the student’s Name and/or Instrument embroidered on the sleeves.
The Deadline to return your order form and payment to your band teacher is Monday, February 11th, 2015 – NO LATES.
There will be no Junior Band Rehearsal afterschool in Asquith today.
There are no buses running due to the cold weather.