Clothing Order Form

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>> Clothing Order Form

The PSW Band Parents Association is going to be placing a 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, November 3rd.  Pre-ordered T-shirts and Hoodies will be available for pick-up at the Winter Band Concert on December 3rd in Asquith.

Mrs. Racicot will have an assortment of T-shirts and Hoodies to try on for sizing.
Note: Vanscoy and Delisle Beginner Band students who return their clothing order form and payment will have an opportunity to try on these sample T-shirts and Hoodies to confirm sizing during their band class with Mr. Streisel on Monday, November 3rd.

Reminder: Raffle Fundraiser for Band

Each band student will need to bring 1 or 2 items ($5 value) to contribute to the gift baskets.  Items must be new.  Some ideas are: household items, gift items, non-perishable foods, chocolate, holiday ornament or decoration, etc.  Deadline will be October 22nd to bring these items to Band Class.
>> Click here for more information about this fundraiser

Welcome back to Prairie Spirit West Band!

>> Band Handbook Sept 2014

I hope everyone had a fun filled and restful summer vacation and are ready to get back in the groove of making music!  I am excited to see everyone again and playing music again.

If you are in Senior Band or Junior Band and have not filled out the registration form or paid your fees, please do so as soon as possible.  We will be posting all information on the blog, and I would like to have everybody’s email to send important information to as well.  I will have paper copies of everything for those that wish to have communication done in that way also.

There are some exciting changes this year.  Mr. Martin has added to his family as he and his wife had a beautiful baby girl in June! Congratulations! Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing much of Mr. Martin this year as he has been given the new position of Band Director of our sister program, the Prairie Spirit East Band.  We are in the works of trying something new this year, possibly combining our groups for a performance or retreat.  We will keep you posted on when and how that will work.

We are very lucky to have Mr. Adam Streisel taking over Mr. Martin’s position.  Mr. Streisel will be teaching band at Delisle and Vanscoy, as well as schools in the East Band program.  Welcome Mr. Streisel!

You will notice that we are changing the schedule this year.  Most schools will now be having band two times in a six day cycle.  Each school will be a bit different, but all will have the same amount of band time.  As well, Grade 6 and 7 students (Junior Band) will have a combined class, as does the Grade 8-12 students (Senior Band).

Please remind those students that are not in band that they are always welcome to join, even if they have never played an instrument.  It is never too late to join band!  Also, if they took band in previous years and are interested in joining again, they are encouraged to do so.

Band classes will start at the schools on September 4 for all band students.  Beginners do not need their instruments until the week of September 22.

I will be at all of the schools on September 2nd and 3rd to see all of the classes and finalize the schedule.

Mrs. Marcy Racicot                                                                                                                                                     PSSD West Band Director

Email:  marcy.racicot@spiritsd.ca

Junior Band Division Tour – May 29

>> Junior Band Division Tour May 29_2014

7:15 Bus pick up Perdue
7:30 Bus pick up Asquith, Delisle
8:00 Bus pick up Vanscoy
8:30 Bus pick up WW Brown
8:45 All students arrive at Dalmeny High School (including Langham and Dalmeny students).
9:15 Concert at Dalmeny HS
10:00 Load equipment on truck and head to Langham Elementary
11:00 Concert at LES
12:00 Load truck and head to Borden.  Eat lunch.
1:00 Concert at Borden School
2:00 Load truck and head back to schools (bus will drop off in Langham, Dalmeny, Vanscoy, Asquith, Delisle, Asquith and Perdue).

Remember….. Music, Instrument, Uniform and Lunch!

Senior Band Division Tour – June 2, 2014

>> Senior Band Division Tour June 2_2014

7:45 Bus pick up Langham (WWBrown), Perdue School
8:00 Bus pick up Dalmeny HS, Asquith
8:15 Bus pick up Delisle
8:45 Arrive at Vanscoy School.  Set up.
9:15 Perform
10:00 Load truck and go to Delisle
11:00 Perform at Delisle Elementary
12:00 Load truck and go to Asquith. Eat lunch
1:00 Concert at Asquith (Perdue School at Asquith)
2:00 Put equipment away
Take bus back to school (Perdue go on the bus that the school took to Asquith)
Remember….. Music, Instrument, Uniform and Lunch!

May and June 2014 PSSD West Band Schedule

May 8 and 9 – Senior Band Tour. Leave Asquith at 8:00am.  Return to Asquith at 6:00pm May 9.

Wednesday, May 21 – Beginner and Junior rehearsal in Asquith.  Beginners take the bus with Juniors after school.  The bus to go back to your school will leave Asquith at 5:30.

Wednesday, May 28 – Spring Concert at 7:00 in Dalmeny High School. Senior, Junior, Beginner and Jazz Band.

Thursday, May 29 In Division Tour – Junior Band and Jazz performing at 9:15 at Dalmeny HS (Prairie View walk over), 11:15 at Langham Elementary, and 1:30 at Borden School.

Monday, June 2In Division Tour – Senior Band and Jazz performing at 9:15 at Vanscoy, 11:15 at Delisle Elementary and 1:30 at Asquith (Perdue bus to Asquith).

*The In Division Tour is a recruiting concert aimed at Grade 3-6 students, but all grades are welcome to attend.

May 30 – Grade 4 recruiting at Borden, LES and Prairie View School.

June 4 – Grade 4 recruiting at Vanscoy, Asquith and Perdue.

June 5 – Grade 4 instrument demos – Langham, Dalmeny and Borden.

June 6 – Grade 4 instrument demos – Delisle and Vanscoy

June 9 – Grade 4 instrument demos- Perdue and Asquith

Testing– I will be taking all the band students individually for their final test.  We can arrange the times at a later date.

June 10 – Vanscoy
June 12 – Langham (WWBrown and LES)
June 13 – Dalmeny (HS and Prairie View )
June 16 – Asquith
June 17 – Borden (morning) and Perdue (afternoon)

Festival Summary

The past week for band students has sure been exciting!

On Wednesday, March 19 the Senior Band went to Regina to perform at the Centre for the Arts for the Optimist Band Festival.  This was a great experience and they played well and received a Bronze rating!  After the performance they were able to work with the adjudicator on how to ‘fine tune’ their performance.

The next day, on Thursday, March 20 the Junior Concert Band also went to Regina to the Optimist Band Festival at the Centre of the Arts.  We had to leave very early (6:00am) to be there in time to perform and they all woke up in time.  There were a lot of nerves performing on such a big stage and the first piece was not our best, but we got it together and did a great job on the second piece.  They received a Bronze rating as well! They also worked with their adjudicator after their performance and learned a few new things.   After our performance, we went to Laserquest for a couple  rounds of laser tag, and everyone had a great time!

On Tuesday, March 25 the Junior Concert, Beginner and Senior Bands took part in the Twin Rivers Music Festival in Dalmeny.  We started with the Junior Band at 9:00 and played without the nerves that we had in Regina.  The whole performance went much better and then we had the opportunity to work with our adjudicator as well.  They received a mark of 82%.

The Beginner Band played at their very first festival and did great!  Both pieces that they played were great and they should be very proud! They received a mark of 82% as well.

The Senior Band not only did a wonderful performance, but they  even helped out the Beginners as they were getting set up and warmed- up back stage.  The Senior Band performance was much better than they did in Regina.  We really saw how much that a big stage can affect our nerves, and how our nerves can affect our performance.   They received some great comments from the adjudicator and were given a mark of 84%.

Great work everyone!  I am truly proud of all of your hard work this past week.  This was not easy as we have had some rehearsals cancelled in the past months due to buses not running.  As well, everyone represented our schools and division in an outstanding way.  Your behavior on and off stage was noticed by everyone and I am very lucky to be working with such great students!

Twin Rivers Music Festival in Dalmeny

On Tuesday, March 25 all of the band students (Beginner, Junior Concert and Senior) will be taking part in the Twin Rivers Music Festival in Dalmeny at the Bible Church, 406 Wakefield Ave.  The Beginner Band will perform from at 9:00, followed by the Junior and Senior bands.

Buses will pick up students early Tuesday morning (7:30 Perdue, 7:45 Asquith, 8:00 Delisle, 8:15 Vanscoy.  8:00 Borden, 8:15 WW Brown- Langham).  The buses will take them back, leaving Dalmeny at 12:00.  If you wish to drive with your child to Dalmeny, please just let me know in advance.  Dalmeny town students are expected to come to the Bible Church at 8:20 to help unload the truck and set up.  There will not be any transportation for Dalmeny students.  It is expected that they walk back to school when they are dismissed at 12:00.  Please send a bag lunch if they are not a Dalmeny student as they will not get a chance to eat when they get back to their schools.

As this is a performance, please remember to wear the Beginner Band uniform, which is; black pants, black shirt, black shoes.

This is a great opportunity for our students to take part in a provincial music festival and we all appreciate your support!  All parents are welcome to be there to listen and support all of the band students at this performance!

Marcy Racicot
PSSD West Band Teacher

Optimist Festival – Regina

Senior Band – Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Conexus Centre for the Arts
>> Senior Band info and Consent Form

8:00 Load bus at Blairmore Wal‐Mart Parking Lot
8:15 Leave for Regina
11:00 Arrive at Centre for the Arts, 200 Lakeshore Drive
Eat bag lunch, outside if weather is nice
Watch and critique other performing groups
1:30 Set up and Warm up.
2:34 Perform, workshop with the adjudicators
4:00 Load up and leave for home.
6:30 Arrive at Blairmore Wal‐Mart Parking Lot – Parent’s pick‐up and take home!

Things to bring with you…
INSTRUMENT, MUSIC, UNIFORM (Black shirt, dress pants, shoes, and band vest),
Bag lunch, homework, positive attitude!
*If any parents are interested in coming with us ( we will need at least 3) please
contact me at Marcy.racicot@spiritsd.ca

Junior Concert Band – Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Conexus Centre for the Arts
>> Junior Band info and Consent Form

6:00 Load bus at Blairmore Wal‐Mart Parking Lot
6:15 Leave for Regina
8:45 Arrive at Centre for the Arts, 200 Lakeshore Drive
Set up and Warm up.
10:12 Perform, workshop with the adjudicators
11:30 Eat bag lunch, drive to Laserquest, 10 Hesse Bay for 2 games of laser tag
1:30 Leave for home
4:15 Arrive at Blairmore Wal‐Mart Parking Lot – Parent’s pick‐up and take home!

Things to bring with you…
INSTRUMENT, MUSIC, UNIFORM (Black shirt, dress pants, shoes, and band vest),
Bag lunch, homework, positive attitude!
*If any parents are interested in coming with us ( we will need at least 3) please
contact me at Marcy.racicot@spiritsd.ca