Concert Bands

School Equipment Rules

Here are some general rules about using school equipment that help to keep everything in good working order and to keep the sanity of those who spend alot of time in the band room. School equipment is used by many, and keeping it in good working order is essential to the success of the performing groups.
 
  1. If you don't play it in a music class, don't touch it!
    This is especially important for percussion instruments. Do not touch or play percussion unless you are a percussionist in one of our ensembles. This includes the drumsets! If you want to play the piano, drums or plug into an amplifier, please ask a teacher first.
  2. # If you notice that something isn't working, please let the teachers know. We don't play your instruments, so we don't know if something is broken. Its really important to maintain instruments, and things break or get worn down. We'll get it repaired or repaced for you!
  3. Remember that the band room is a rehearsal space, but it is also the work space for your teachers. Your teachers are often in the office making phone calls, planning trips and festivals, photocopying or discussing classes. Sometimes we just need quiet, so when asked to stop playing for a while please respect that request.
  4. If the office door is closed, DON'T KNOCK unless its an emergency. Between classes teachers are getting ready, and sometimes need to work uninteruppted. When the teacher emerges from the office, they are ready to answer questions and help out with whatever is needed. Just sit back, relax and wait.
  5. If you want to rehearse during non-class time, arrange it with a teacher. Always ask to play equipment before using it unless it is your instrument for one of our classes.
  6. Chairs must be stacked 5 high at the end of rehearsal.
  7. Stands must be placed on the stand racks at the end of rehearsal.
  8. All equipment must be returned to its proper home at the end of rehearsal, including percussion equipment, mallets and sticks and patch cords.

 

 

 



A great article on practicing:  

http://www.wikihow.com/Practice-an-Instrument-Effectively



Concert Band Course Descriptions

BAND 9 #260

Students in this course will further develop instrument techniques learned in Band 8 through rehearsing and performing concert repertoire in a variety of styles. Generally a performance tour is planned for Band 9.

PREREQUISITE: Band 8 or instructor’s permission.

BAND 10 #354

Students in this course will build on skills learned in Band 9, focusing on increasing technique through the rehearsal and performance of repertoire in a variety of styles. This group participates in a tour in the spring.

PREREQUISITE: Band 9 or permission of instructor.

FRENCH IMMERSION BAND 9/10

Students in this course will build on skills learned in French Immersion Band 9 or 10, focusing on increasing technique through the rehearsal and performance of repertoire in a variety of styles. This group participates in a tour in the spring.

PREREQUISITE: Band 8/9 or permission of instructor.

CONCERT BAND 11, 12 #468/570

This course is a continuation of Band 10, with a focus on classic, challenging literature. This group participates in a tour in the spring.

PREREQUISITE: Band 10 or permission of instructor.

The NWSS Senior Concert Band playing Frank Ticheli's Cajun Folk Songs

Conducted by Seok Hee Jang - Grade 11 Student

Much of our ability to purchase new equipment and instruments as well as maintain repairs, is realized through donations. We appreciate any support you may be able to offer the NWSS Music department and our students.

Instruments played in Concert Band

» Flute and Piccolo
» Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
» Oboe
» Saxophone: alto, tenor, baritone
» Bassoon
» Trumpet
» French horn
» Trombone
» Baritone horn/Euphonium
» Tuba (Oh Yah!)
» Percussion: snare drum, timpani,
    mallet and auxiliary percussion
» Acoustic bass

Donate to NWSS Music!

 
We are ACCEPTING donations of all kinds, whether it be cash or cheque, or used instruments of all sorts.
 
 
Our goals are: 

• to provide good quality instruments to students who need them;
• to provide scholarships for our students’ future studies;
• to make our band and choir trips affordable for everyone.
 

 Gifts large and small are very much appreciated.  We currently do not need any pianos, although excellent, high quality pianos might be useful.
 
Make a gift in honour of your favourite student, teacher or in memory of a loved one – or simply because you love music and the opportunity for students to learn and perform. It’s a wonderful way to support the music program which means so much to our students, their families and our community.

Leave a legacy of harmony!

For more information on the many ways you can make a gift, email Miss Proznick or Mr. Clements:  kproznick@sd40.bc.ca or sclements@sd40.bc.ca.