Our rehearsal this week began with an introduction to our fundraiser by Mr. Jack Schulze from Cherrydale. Every student received a packet of information as well as a note more specific to our program. The fundraiser will run for the next two weeks and will help pay for non-budgeted equipment and funding for assistance with the costs of the band program. Money raised the last few years has completely paid for all of our marching band equipment as well as some of the larger brass instruments. This fundraiser has also helped helped over ten families join our program with the financial assistance provided to them. Whoever has the most items sold at the half way point next Monday will received a $25 gift card. All you need to do is bring in the little sheet included in the packet.
We started our warmup session with the elbow across the body stretch and then went through the First Flow Study from The Breathing Gym, inhaling and exhaling evenly over 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 counts. We then worked our way through the Concert B flat Scale and Chorale #18, with everyone on the alto part, then split between the soprano and alto parts. We'll cover the tenor part next time!
After that we only had enough time to work on a few rhythmic things in Pulsate and We Wish You a Merry Christmas, but it was time well spent! In Pulsate, we worked on the syncopated rhythms that feel like they should be in 6/8 time and in We Wish You a Merry Christmas, we worked on the bass line at the beginning and the bass line with the background rhythms at measure 28. We also talked about the markings some people had in their parts that cut part of the song. We will be doing the whole song, as written, so if you have any markings telling you otherwise, please erase them!
Announcements for the week included:
- Anyone who is interested in Jazz Band should let one of the band directors know as soon as possible. There was a sign-up sheet, but if you missed it, I'll have it out again next week.
- We didn't do reflection sheets this week, but will start doing them next week. Make sure to grab a sheet on the way in and leave it with me on the way out next Monday.
- Percussion members have already received information regarding purchases for their mallet kits. Please fill those out and return those as soon as you can.
Have a great week!