Monday, May 15, 2017

Winding down and Winding up at the same time

Hi All,
  Now that our spring concert is done (Congrats again by the way) we can relax and gear up for Norton Park and Simsbury concerts.  Below is our schedule moving forward:

May
  16th - Rehearsal @ PHS
  23rd - Rehearsal @ PHS
  30th - Rehearsal @ PHS

June
  6th - Norton Park Concert
  13th - Rehearsal @ PHS
  20th - No Rehearsal
  24th - Simsbury Band Festival



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Monday, May 8, 2017

Great Concert!!!!

HI All,
  Thank you for a great concert last night.  What a joy it is to get to make music like that.  Special Kudos to Maureen for her performance of the poems.  That added a nice touch to our performance.  We have this week off, but will continue rehearsals next week to prepare for Norton Park and the Simsbury band festival.

Thanks for all of your hard work,
Ken


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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dress Rehearsal - 5/2/17



Hi All,
  It's concert time.  I know everybody is getting busy with life, but please make every effort to be on time to rehearsal on Tuesday night.  We will run the full concert including the poems.

Ken

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Rehearsal 4/4

HI All,
  Plan for Tuesday night is a full concert run:

Canticle of the Creatures I - Prologue                                                 
Canticle of the Creatures II – Brother Sun                                            
Sunrise at Angels Gate                                                            
Sundance
Into the Sunset     
    
      Intermission

Canticle of the Creatures III – Sister Moon and Stars 
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night                      
Dusk                                                                              
A Night on Bald Mountain                            
Canticle of the Creatures VI – Epilogue               

  Please make every effort to attend our last few rehearsals.  Only 4 more rehearsals left.  The concert is May7th.

See you Tuesday.
Ken

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Rehearsal thought for the next few weeks

HI All,
  Mother Nature willing, we will have regular rehearsals over the next few weeks.  With that, there are a couple special things I would like to do:

3/21 - Toward the end of rehearsal I would like to work with the solo/soli ists in the following:
     - Canticle III - Howard, SHaron, Wes, Laura, Amy, Nancy, Maureen, Donna - measures 2 and 38
     - Sunrise - Brooke, Laura, Amy, Lola, Piccolo?, Flute 2? - Measures 1-32 and 121-
     - Do Not G0... - Lola, Nancy, Robert, Laura - Measures 161-
     - Night on Bald Mt. - FLutes, CLarinets, Oboes, Bassoons, - Ending

3/28 - I will work with percussion after rehearsal till 10:00

4/4 - We will run the full concert.

  Keep practicing and I'll see you all on Tuesday.

Ken
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

14 things to NEVER say to your band director:

14 things to NEVER say to your band director:

  1. Are we playing today?
  2. But it’s easier for me to finger it this way.
  3. We had a concert last night?
  4. My private lesson teacher said that’s wrong.
  5. Can I go make up a math test during band class today?
  6. I do better when I don’t use a metronome.
  7. I only want to be in band if I can play drums.
  8. I can’t play flute today – I hurt my ankle.
  9. I forgot my instrument. Again.
  10. I have a pencil. It just doesn’t have any lead.
  11. Wait. I have to take my horn home? Every day?
  12. It sounds better when I play it with the whole band.
  13. I know it’s chipped and moldy, but this is the only reed I have.
  14. Do we need our instrument for the concert tonight?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Rehearsal 2/21

Hi All,
  Thank you for your flexibility and work in sectionals tonight.  It is my hope that mother nature will no longer impact rehearsals and we can finally get down to business.  Hopefully with some fresh air this week we can all get rid of the bugs that have been cooped up on our houses and get well.  I look forward to seeing everybody for a full, well attended rehearsal next week.

Ken

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