I am very pleased to tell you that our operational plan was approved, and our concert will go ahead on Tuesday, June 15th!
I will provide more details next week, but I wanted to let you know that the performance times (as outlined in our approved plan) will be as follows:
Grade 7 Band: 6:00 pm (students arrrive and enter by 5:40 pm)
Grade 8 Band: 7:00 pm (students arrive and enter by 6:40 pm)
Jazz Band: 7:45 (Grade 8 members will already be in the gym, Grade 7 and Grade 9 Jazz Band members should plan to arrive and enter at 7:30 pm)
Grade 9 Band: 8:00 pm (students arrrive and enter by 7:40 pm)
The total number of people in the gym is limited to 150 at this time. We are allowed to have one cohort (the band students and the director) on the gym floor and two cohorts divided between the two sets of bleachers. There are 49 student in the grade 7 band, 62 in the grade 8 band, and 52 in the grade 9 band.
Based on these numbers, grade 7 students may each invite two guests. A guest sign up sheet for contact tracing will be provided next week.
Grade 8 and 9 parents will also be asked to sign up to request their guest seats in advance. Each student in grade 8 and 9 will be able to have at least one guest. If the number of requests for a second guest exceeds our allowable limit in the gym, we will come up with a fair method to assign all available seats for second guests. More details will be provided next week.
The grade 9 band students will be taking a field trip to Confederation Centre of the Arts to see the musical “Between Breaths” on Wednesday, June 9th. An e-mail was sent to grade 9 parents through Groupwise on Friday, and it can also be viewed here:
Please let me know no later than Monday, May 31st if your grade 9 student will not be participating so that we can confirm our seats!
I am very excited to let you know that we are working on a plan for a final spring performance opportunity which would involve a separate short concert in the gym for each of our four bands (7, 8, 9 and Jazz) with a small audience in the bleachers. Details are still being worked out and, if our plan is approved, dates and times for the concerts will be provided early next week.
Rehearsals this Week
In preparation for the final concert of the year, we will follow the regular rehearsal schedule this week:
Tuesday, June 1st: Grade 7 Early AM Band
Wednesday, June 2nd: Grade 8 Early AM Band and Jazz Band from 3:15-4:15 pm
Tuesday, May 25th: Grade 7 Early AM Flute Sectional (Flutes only!)
Wednesday, May 26th: Grade 8 Early AM Band
Thursday, May 27th: Grade 9 Early AM Band
**Please note that Jazz Band is canceled after school on Wednesday. My apologies; meetings keep getting scheduled at this time! I will have a Jazz band meeting on Tuesday to see if we can find an alternate time to rehearse next week.
Please find below the band rehearsal schedule for the week of May 10th-14th:
Tuesday, May 11th: Early AM Band for Grade 7 CLARINETS only.
Wednesday, May 12th: Grade 8 Early AM Band and Jazz Band from 3:15-4:15 pm
Thursday, May 13th: Grade 9 Early AM Band
*EWS Band program application forms have been sent to Eliot River, Central Queens and Englewood. If you know of any grade 6 students who are interested in applying to be in the grade 7 band program next year, please let them know that the application form link has been e-mailed to parents by the administration at each elementary school. PDF (printable) copies of the application form are also available. The deadline for applications has been extended to Friday, May 14th.
The bands will follow the regular rehearsal schedule next week:
Tuesday, May 4th: Grade 7 Early AM Band
Wednesday, May 5th: Grade 8 Early AM Band and Jazz Band from 3:15-4:15 pm
Thursday, May 6th: Grade 9 Early AM Band
*EWS Band program application forms have been sent to Eliot River, Central Queens and Englewood. If you know of any grade 6 students who are interested in applying to be in the grade 7 band program next year, please let them know that the application form link has been e-mailed to parents by the administration at each elementary school. PDF (printable) copies of the application form are also available.
The band students and I are very excited to share our spring concert with you today. An e-mail with a link to the concert has been sent to you through SAS. Students also have access to the link in their Google Classrooms.
The theme of the concert was TV and Movie Themes, and I know you will recognize most of these classic tunes!
Thank you to Isaac Williams for providing the audio and video recordings and thank you to Eithne Brydon for writing and presenting the introduction to the grade 9 performance of Dark Ride.