We started our pre-rehearsal time with silent entry tonight. From now on, we'll be entering the room without talking or playing until rehearsal starts. For some, that's easier than for others! Music will be playing over the sound system and our list of songs (in order) will be on the screen so everyone can prepare what they need for the rehearsal. This week's pre-rehearsal music was a playlist of music by Brian Balmages.
Rehearsal started with some of our usual stretching and breathing exercises from The Breathing Gym. We did the trunk twist and the elbow grab, followed by Inhale Therapy. We finished our warmup time with a review of the first five notes of the Concert B flat, E flat, and F Scales using numbers and solfege. We'll be spending more time on solfege in the coming weeks!
The first piece we worked on was Caissons Go Rolling Along. I printed out some exercises to help us transition from 4/4 to Cut Time. We clapped our way through the first two of those exercises before working on the piece itself. We tried it slowly, then worked on it at a faster tempo. Next week we'll work on the other two exercises and keep working on cleaning up the piece.
Rising Star was up second. We listened to a professional recording, then read through the piece together for the first time.
After that we talked through a unique piece called Distant Thunder of the Sacred Forest. This will be a really neat piece to work on and perform. We talked about the "setup" of the piece then listened to a professional recording of it.
The last thing we did was listen to a professional recording of Selections from The Music Man. This piece will give us a chance to work on 6/8 time among other things.
Our video of the Week featured an arrangement of Amazing Grace played by Greg Howard on the Chapman Stick. The Stick is a unique, but beautiful sounding instrument that is somewhat like a guitar and a bass put together. You can watch the video below or click here to watch it on YouTube.
Notes and announcements for the evening included:
- Online registration for our March 2nd Solo and Ensemble Festival is open. Click on this link to get registered by February 1st.
- Our 7th and 8th grade students are invited to join the KML Pep Band for Grade School Night on Thursday, January 24th. We'll meet in the band room at 6:30 PM, play before the game starts at 7:15 PM, then everyone is free to stay as long as they'd like.
- We have a little supply store open on Monday nights. If you need reeds, valve oil, etc. you can bring some money and pick up whatever you need. The list of items available can be found here.
Have a great week!