This is an exciting week for music in PSSD. Resonate Student Music Conference is going online and begins on Wednesday. If you haven’t already please sign up if you are in grade 7-12 (or even if you want to and you are in grade 6). We have some INCREDIBLE artists coming to work with and do sessions with students all free of charge. With this in mind there will be no activities for grades 7-12 this week and next week. The activity is to attend some Resonate sessions and report back which ones you attended. PLEASE SIGN UP!
Artist for this week and next include:
Brian Balmages (Composer)
Tania Miller (Symphony Conductor – Victoria Symphony)
Karen Donnelly (Principal Trumpet of the National Arts Centre Orchestra)
Allan Gilliland (Composer)
Megan Nash (Juno Nominated Singer/Songwriter)
Bombargo (NME Featured Saskatoon Band)
Jacob Faithful (Grammy Nominated First Nations artist)
This week for our picks we chose the top five albums that influenced/inspired us. Have a look!
Mozart Clarinet Concerto & Quintet – Martin Fröst Birth of the Cool – Miles Davis The Atomic Mr. Basie – Count Basie & The Count Basie Orchestra Now He Sings, Now He Sobs – Chick Corea Carnaval – Eastman Wind Ensemble & Wynton Marsalis
Parklife-Blur Classic Brass- Grimethorpe Colliery Band Blue Light, Red Light- Harry Connick August and Everything After-Counting Crows Beautiful Freak- Eels
Mr. Ward I couldn’t narrow it down to five…
1. Gordon Lightfoot- Summertime Dream 2. Joachim Schaefer- Barocco Concertante 3. Johnny Cash- American III 4. Hammerfall- Glory to the Brave 5. Tyr- Eric the Red 6. Alison Balsom- Bach works for Trumpet 7. Amon Amarth- Twilight of the Thunder Gods 8. The Lord of the Rings soundtrack- Howard Shore 9. Antonio Vivaldi- The Four Seasons 10. Red Hot Chili Peppers- Stadium Arcadium
That’s It- Preservation Hall Jazz Band Myles Davis- Plays the Classic Ballads Bonerama-Bonerama plays Zepplin Stan Kenton- Kenton 76 The Band- Last Waltz
Happy Monday Tuesday. Please find the links to this weeks music activities below at the end of the post or check the relevant assignment page.
Resonate:OnlineMay 27th & 28th and June 3rd & 4th
All students in grades 7-12 (whether they study music or not) are invited to take part in Resonate:Online. Held over 4 days, students are invited to log in to Microsoft Teams as much as they want to work with some of the most incredible artists – Check out the current list HERE with more to be announced.
This year students can attend as many days and sessions as they want but they must register HERE. All events are free.
A reminder The Saskatchewan Band Association has teamed up with Long and McQuade music to create a great competition with some fantastic prizes for you and your school! The Saskatchewan Band Association (SBA) invites ALL band enthusiasts – band students, band parents, grandparents, band directors, community band musicians etc.- to create a short and fun video of about 30-60 seconds highlighting why you love band. Please click the link for more info
Hopefully you had time to check out the Cancer Blows opportunity and can take part in recording the global version of Song for Hope (See previous post for more info).
The Saskatchewan Band Association has teamed up with Long and McQuade music to create a great competition with some fantastic prizes for you and your school! The Saskatchewan Band Association (SBA) invites ALL band enthusiasts – band students, band parents, grandparents, band directors, community band musicians etc.- to create a short and fun video of about 30-60 seconds highlighting why you love band. Please click the link for more info
For anyone with instruments, please take a look at this potential opportunity for an amazing cause to record yourself, and combine with musicians across the globe.
Some older students will remember Senior Band performing the poignant piece “Song for Hope” by Dr. Peter Meechan three years ago. Written for world renowned trumpet player Ryan Anthony. Song for Hope has become an anthem of strength, togetherness and hope that has been featured on concert programs around the world.
A film company has been recording Ryan’s 8 year battle against terminal cancer and in this unsettling time have opened up the opportunity for a project to combine as many musicians as possible playing Song for Hope. They will then carefully stitch all of these videos together into one music video proving that in a world under crisis, we are together and when people need hope they can always turn to music.
“We want this project to be as inclusive as possible – unity, togetherness, collaboration, and – of course – hope are our goals. The “perfect” take doesn’t exist – and so we encourage you, more than anything else, to find joy and hope through your performance – participation is what counts!” – Peter Meechan
There are parts for every level of musician and full instructions and more background at this link:
MUSIC MONDAYTODAY – Get out and play and send us your videos!
On Monday, May 4, 2020 hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, parents, musicians, and music lovers from coast to coast to coast will celebrate the importance of music in our lives. We are asking Prairie Spirit School Division band students and alumni to participate in our event!
At 11am (Saskatchewan time) we are asking our musicians to take to decks, yards and/or driveways to perform O Canada as an expression of gratitude for living in this great country during such anxious times.
If you can have someone video your performance or you can video it yourself PLEASE post it on social media (at the very least – a photo) with the hashtag #musicmonday #pssdproud
Let’s join together (at home) to celebrate music and the importance of music education in schools. Let’s celebrate what it means to be Canadian.
Get your sheet music below or use your own versions of O Canada
This weeks activities have been updated on the assignments pages.
NEW SITE! For grade 7-9 *link updated on the 7-9 page* There is a new website for online band for grades 7-9! Several people were having trouble accessing the Google site. With this new website you won’t need a google account or permission to access, and all the lessons can be downloaded as word files. All the content on the website remains the same. Here is a link: www.pssd79.wordpress.com