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For OCTOBER 16, 2018


Great sound last week, and very good start on “Three Ayres from Gloucester!” All three pieces have that unique impression of English style folksongs, and yet, it leaves room for each of us to have a favorite style that we like.

This week we’ll hand out one more piece for our concert next in November (Friday, November 16, 7:00 pm, FVLHS auditorium, with orchestra), so we will have to work hard for a second week in a row on sight reading. After that, all review & polish :)

Quick Encouragement: go to our “Audio Samples” web page under the “Member Area” tab. There is a Youtube link to a performance of our new piece to hand out - “Finale - Symphony No. 2 in C” by Tchaikovsky, also known as “Little Russian.” You’ll hear all three movements of “Three Ayres from Gloucester.” Listening ahead of time might be helpful.

So, here’s our schedule for this week, Tuesday, October 16, 2018:

6:30 Full Band Warm-up in the Band Room using “Superior Bands in Sixteen Weeks,” especially tone builders and scale exercises in C Major.

6:40 Sectional Work

Percussion – usual preparation/assigning/instructing per Mike

WW  &  Brass - 

Symphony No. 2 in C - “Little Russian” - sight reading :) / Concert C major - ready those pinky keys (WW) and for brass more 2, 1-2 and sometimes 2-3 fingerings, and for trombones more 4th positions because it’s B, and not Bb

Three Ayres from Gloucester – review if time in order: Mvt. 3, Mvt. 1, Mvt. 2

7:40 BREAK - Treats  (THANK YOU, Barb Carlson :)

7:50 Rehearsal -

Symphony No. 2 in C - “Little Russian” – EMPHASES: getting prepared for independence when only strings or a few voices are playing with you / counting carefully through long multi measure rests

Three Ayres from Gloucester – review if time in order: Mvt. 3, Mvt. 1, Mvt. 2





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For October 9, 2018

Thanks for a great effort to play our 6/8 rhythms in “Funiculi, Funicula.” Somewhat challenging until one is used to 6/8. Anyone who would like ‘one-on-one’ time with me during sectionals to help you with 6/8 rhythm is welcome to request. Perhaps it could be a ‘small group-on-one’ if more of you would like the help. Just let me know :)

This week will begin working on a new acquisition for New Horizons - ‘Three Ayres from Gloucester,’ a classic in wind band literature, in the style of English folk tunes, dating back almost 50 years. This is a new arrangement to include strings, making it perfect for our joint playing with the orchestra. It has three movements - a jolly opener in cut time, a gorgeous ballad in 3/4, and artful ‘jig’ in 6/8 time. We’ll do a quick review of 6/8 in Full Band Warm-up.

Next week we’ll hand out one more piece for our concert next in November (Friday, November 16, 7:00 pm, FVLHS auditorium, with orchestra), so we will have to work hard two weeks in a row on sight reading. After that, all review & polish :)

Quick Encouragement: go to our “Audio Samples” web page under the “Member Area” tab. You’ll hear all three movements of “Three Ayres from Gloucester.” Listening ahead of time might be helpful.

So, here’s our schedule for this week, Tuesday, October 9, 2018:

6:30 SHORTER Full Band Warm-up in the Band Room using “Superior Bands in Sixteen Weeks,” plus a hand out to review the 6/8 meter

6:40 Sectional Work - 5 minutes longer

Percussion – usual preparation/assigning/instructing per Mike

WW  &  Brass - 

Funiculi, Funicula - 6/8 rhythms QUICK REVIEW

Three Ayres from Gloucester – EMPHASIS: sight reading on as many of the three movements as possible

7:40 BREAK - Treats  (THANK YOU, Sujin Lee :)

7:50 Rehearsal -

Three Ayres from Gloucester – EMPHASIS: getting familiar with as much of all three movements as possible

Funiculi, Funicula - as time permits



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For October 2, 2018

Wow, our first month is already done, and now it’s October!

Great work last week on your attention to dotted 1/8 note rhythms :)

A new piece this week - “Funiculi, Funicula.” This is quite a standard in many ensembles - most famously by classical/opera singers, such as Luciano Pavarotti, but also as a solo instrumental with orchestra or band, most notably for cornet/trumpet virtuosi in a version called “Napoli.” Sooooooo . . . .

. . . . . the BIG EMPHASIS this week will be the 6/8 time signature, and a slightly challenging syncopated rhythm pattern not so common in 6/8 - quarter note followed by 2 eighth notes TIED together followed by 2 eighth notes NOT TIED TOGETHER. We’ll work on it, and other 6/8 patterns in Full Band Warm-up as well as in sectional time.

So, here’s our schedule for this week, Tuesday, October 2, 2018:

6:30 Full Band Warm-up in the Band Room using “Superior Bands in Sixteen Weeks,” plus a hand out I will provide to work on the 6/8 meter in “Funiculi, Funicula.”

6:45 Sectional Work

Percussion – usual preparation/assigning/instructing per Mike

WW  &  Brass - 

Funiculi, Funicula - the 6/8 rhythms are the “big” task

At Morning’s First Light – THREE emphases: 1. rhythm accuracy m. 1-22  /  2. m. 65-end / 3. Review KEYS OF Bb Major (m. 23-32), C Major (m. 33-40), and Ab Major (m. 41-64)

Joy – general review, but particular emphasis on rhythms in m. 18-38

7:35 BREAK - Treats  (THANK YOU, Tom Cashman)

7:45 Rehearsal -

Joy - accurate rhythm and balance in m. 18-38 / general review of entire piece

Funiculi, Funicula - the 6/8 rhythms are the “big” task

At Morning’s First Light - Again, attention to Introduction (m. 1-22) / m. 65-end / play entire piece

Sousa Spectacular - is there time to play this as an “encore” to our rehearsal? Makes a great set of tunes to whistle while driving home :)




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For September 25, 2018

Time for a little John Philip Sousa.

Big emphasis this week - dotted eighth notes followed by a sixteenth note.

So, here’s our schedule for this week, Tuesday, September 25, 2018:

6:30 Full Band Warm-up in the Band Room using “Superior Bands in Sixteen Weeks”

6:45 Sectional Work

Percussion – usual preparation/assigning/instructing per Mike

WW  &  Brass - 

At Morning’s First Light – TWO emphases: 1. SIGHT READING to learn new material m. 1-22  /  2. Review KEYS OF Bb Major (m. 23-32), C Major (m. 33-40), and Ab Major (m. 41-64)

Elegy for the U.S.S. Arizona - more attention to learning end of song m. 65-end

Sousa Spectacular – MAIN EMPHASIS - proper playing of dotted eighth note rhythms

7:35 BREAK - Treats  (THANK YOU, Deb Depies)

7:45 Rehearsal -

Sousa Spectacular - full band attention to dotted rhythms

Elegy for the U.S.S. Arizona - m. 65-end / then entire piece

At Morning’s First Light - Attention to Introduction (m. 1-22) / Review m. 23-64





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For September 18, 2018


Great sound this past Tuesday!

Two new key signatures to play in this week: C Major and Ab Major. These are found in a piece called “At Morning’s First Light.” It is programmatic, musically depicting the serenity and beauty of daybreak, similar to Edward Grieg’s “Morning Mood” from the Peer Gynt Suite No. 1.

Thanks for the volunteering going on, too, such as Judy bringing snacks last week, and Michele volunteering for this week.

We will continue to start with warm-ups/scales/etc. right away in the band room, mostly using the new books I handed out - “Superior Bands in Sixteen Weeks.” Then, after warm-up we’ll divide up for brass, woodwind, and percussion sectionals, or individual/small group work with me.

So, here’s our schedule for this week, Tuesday, September 18, 2018:

6:30 Full Band Warm-up in the Band Room using “Superior Bands in Sixteen Weeks”

6:45 Sectional Work

Percussion – usual preparation/assigning/instructing per Mike

WW  &  Brass - 

The Rowan Tree – again, TWO emphases: 1. concentration on really good breathing to support TONE and PHRASING / 2. LEGATO tonguing when not slurring

At Morning’s First Light – TWO emphases: 1. SIGHT READING to learn new material 2. KEYS OF Bb Major (m. 23-32), C Major (m. 33-40), and Ab Major (m. 41-64)

Elegy for the U.S.S. Arizona - again, TWO emphases: 1. NOTE ACCURACY (mostly easy, but accidentals give impression of key change that doesn’t really occur) 2. RHYTHMS (mostly watching for TIES)

7:35 BREAK - Treats  (THANK YOU, MICHELE :)

7:45 Rehearsal -

Elegy for the U.S.S. Arizona - ACCURACY  /  TONE  /  RHYTHMS

At Morning’s First Light - 3 KEY CHANGES / m. 23-64

The Rowan Tree - adding DYNAMICS and BALANCE to think about





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For May 20, 2018 and May 22, 2018

Good morning New Horizons!

Here we are - concert week! I am super confident in your preparation. Our last 3 rehearsals clearly indicate that your performance will be spectacular!

Items to note:

1. Arrival - between 1:00 and 1:15 pm

2. Attire - black pants/skirts and white dress shirts/blouses. Those with band logos on shirts absolutely use those. Newer band members who don’t have a shirt with band logo, don’t worry about that. (The band leadership should perhaps look into formulating a plan to assist those who would like to get a band logo on their white shirts.)

3. Seated on stage - 1:15 pm - ready for quick joint review of “Hornpipe” and “Freedom Finale”. After that, approximately 1:30, we’ll arrange you into our band alone seating arrangement. Then we’ll head to band room for final tuning, etc.

4. Concert time - 2:00 pm - band starts first, then orchestra, and then joint selections.

5. Treats - please bring a plate of treats, bars, cookies, etc. to share with our audience for post concert reception.

6. Tear down - I’m going to change my ‘modus operendi’ regarding post concert activities - we’ll stack chairs and stands right after the concert (put your instrument away first). Not everyone is physically able to do this, but for band and orchestra members who are able, this could probably get done by racking 3-4 chairs or stands per person. It should go fast so we can get out to our audience reception.

7. Reception - I know some of you have other commitments for later on Sunday, but as much as possible, if we can stick around for the post concert reception, it really builds a connection between audience and New Horizons, between orchestra and band members, and between ourselves :)

UPCOMING Schedule Reminders

Tuesday, May 22, 6:30 pm - BONUS SECTIONAL/REHEARSAL, preparation for performance at Ridgeview Highland retirement community on May 29

Tuesday, May 29, 6:30 pm - CONCERT at Ridgeview Highland retirement community. Program is all of our band only pieces from concert, plus Valley Mist, Henry Mancini, Indiana Jones, and Colonel Bogey

Saturday, June 9 - FLAG DAY PARADE - more details to follow in near future

May is a busy month! See you this Tuesday!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018:

6:30 Sectional Work

Percussion – usual preparation/assigning/instructing per Mike

The Best of Henry Mancini - quick review

Indiana Jones: The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - quick review

Colonel Bogey - quick review

Stars and Stripes Forever - (from Patriotic Favorites book - those who need a copy of this music can contact me and I’ll have music for you - it’s not required that you have this book. I’ll also have Armed Forces Salute from that book available for you, too)

7:20 BREAK

7:30 Rehearsal - primary rehearsal selections are the underlined/boldfaced selections. As time permits, we may review all. The parade music will NOT be performed at Ridgeview Highlands on May 29. Percussion - we’ll use substitute instruments that aren’t available going out to Ridgeview Highlands.

March of the Irish Guard

Valley Mist

The Best of Henry Mancini

Indiana Jones

Colonel Bogey

Stars and Stripes Forever (parade music)

Armed Forces Salute (parade music)

Mozart: Symphony No. 29

Ancient Echoes

Westward Journey

Exodus: Main Theme

Blue Tango



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April 11 through May 21, 2017 - Final Spring Rehearsal Schedule

Click to open a PDF version of the Final Spring 2017 Rehearsal Announcements.
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