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For November 13, 2018

November 13 - Joint Rehearsal with New Horizons Orchestra

6:30 - ON STAGE WITH ORCHESTRA

Three Ayres from Gloucester (all 3 movements)

Finale - Symphony No. 2 in C - “Little Russian”

7:00 (approximate) - BAND in Band Room  / ORCHESTRA on Stage

Joy

The Rowan Tree

Sousa Spectacular

Elegy for the U.S.S. Arizona

Funiculi, Funicula

7:45 (approximate) - JOINT BREAK for Treats with Orchestra, followed by finish of respective rehearsal in Band Room and on Stage

Concert Reminder - Friday, November 16, 2018 - 7:00 pm - Concert with New Horizons Orchestra

Band Selections (Program Order):

Joy

The Rowan Tree

Sousa Spectacular

Elegy for the U.S.S. Arizona

Funiculi, Funicula

Joint Band/Orchestra Selections:

Three Ayres from Gloucester

Finale - Symphony No. 2 in C - “Little Russian”

CONCERT ATTIRE - White shirt/blouse, black pants/skirt, black shoes

ARRIVAL / WARM-UP - 6:30 pm Band Room (NOTE - possibility of needing to meet at 6:00 pm on stage to do a review of joint pieces IF NEEDED - will be determined after Tuesdays joint rehearsal with orchestra)

POST CONCERT RECEPTION - Please bring a plate of cookies/bars/treats to share with all our musicians and audience members in the Commons following the concert

MUSIC TURN IN - following the concert and reception, please hand in our concert pieces in the band room, sorted by title on a table (KEEP “At Morning’s First Light” to work on for 2019)

That’s all for now - more instructions Tuesday if I’ve forgotten any. See you Tuesday




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For November 6, 2018

General Notes

Tonight (November 6) essentially a “dress rehearsal”

Next week (November 13) begins at 6:30 with a joint rehearsal on stage with the New Horizons Orchestra - Fox Valley, followed by band only rehearsal in band room and orchestra only rehearsal on stage

November 13 rehearsal will need to be both precise and flexible due to FVLHS overbooking the campus, and will need a 10-15 minute window of auditorium use at approximately 7:45, impacting the orchestra mainly. Just wanted everyone to be aware.

Reminder - Friday, November 16, 2018 - 7:00 pm - Concert with New Horizons Orchestra

Band Selections (Program Order):

Joy

The Rowan Tree

Sousa Spectacular

Elegy for the U.S.S. Arizona

At Morning’s First Light

Funiculi, Funicula

Joint Band/Orchestra Selections:

Three Ayres from Gloucester

Finale - Symphony No. 2 in C - “Little Russian”

So, here’s our schedule for this week, Tuesday, November 6, 2018:

Only 35 minute Sectional / 65 minute Rehearsal

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

6:40 Sectional Work (35 minutes)

Percussion – usual preparation/assigning/instructing per Mike

WW  &  Brass - 

Funiculi, Funicula - review of measure 1 syncopated rhythm in most of the voices / general review / change of unusual chords in measure 5-8 in Section F to standard Concert Eb chords (An and Kris will help each instrument move to appropriate note in Concert Eb chord)

Symphony No. 2 in C - “Little Russian” – quick review of note checks in key of Concert C major

7:15 BREAK - Treats  (THANK YOU, Joyce Diedrich :)

7:25 Rehearsal (65 minutes) - GENERAL RUN THROUGH / CHECK for any problem

areas that may need adjustment on November 13

Joy 

The Rowan Tree 

Sousa Spectacular 

Elegy for the U.S.S. Arizona - 

At Morning’s First Light 

Funiculi, Funicula - 

Three Ayres from Gloucester

Symphony No. 2 in C - “Little Russian” 





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For October 30, 2018

Good work on Symphony No. 2 last Tuesday. Sounds poised for greatness :)

Reminder - Friday, November 16, 2018 - 7:00 pm - Concert with New Horizons Orchestra

Band Selections (program order not yet determined):

Sousa Spectacular

The Rowan Tree

Joy

Elegy for the U.S.S. Arizona

At Morning’s First Light

Funiculi, Funicula

Joint Band/Orchestra Selections:

Three Ayres from Gloucester

Finale - Symphony No. 2 in C - “Little Russian”

So, here’s our schedule for this week, Tuesday, October 30, 2018:

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

6:40 Sectional Work (55 minutes)

Percussion – usual preparation/assigning/instructing per Mike

WW  &  Brass - 

Joy – review (especially steady alternating 1/8th notes m. 28-38)

Elegy for the U.S.S. Arizona - brief review of m. 50-end / in depth rhythm check on m. 41-49 (esp. m. 44-45)

At Morning’s First Light – MORE OF THE SAME - emphasis on m. 41-end, especially Clar & Flute rhythm variety (m. 41 vs. m. 53 vs. m. 59) / if time also m. 23-40

Three Ayres from Gloucester – review of Mvt. 3

7:35 BREAK - Treats  (THANK YOU, Sandy Ansfield :)

7:45 Rehearsal (45 minutes)

Joy – review (especially steady alternating 1/8th notes m. 28-38)

At Morning’s First Light – emphasis on m. 41-end, understanding cut-time directing and your playing / special attention to m. 72-end / full run through 

Three Ayres from Gloucester – review of Mvt. 3

Elegy for the U.S.S. Arizona - brief review m. 41-49 / m. 50-71 “Eternal Father Strong to Save” (the ‘interrupted’ chorale) - emphasis on the chorale shining through the ‘clutter’ (no offense to non chorale players)





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For October 23, 2018


Well done, NHB-FV! A very good beginning on “Finale - Symphony No. 2 in C - “Little Russian.” And with that, our program selections are falling into place.

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 7:00 pm - Concert with New Horizons Orchestra

Band Selections (program order not yet determined):

Sousa Spectacular

The Rowan Tree

Joy

Elegy for the U.S.S. Arizona

At Morning’s First Light

Funiculi, Funicula

Joint Band/Orchestra Selections:

Three Ayres from Gloucester

Finale - Symphony No. 2 in C - “Little Russian”

So, here’s our schedule for this week, Tuesday, October 23, 2018:


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

6:40 Sectional Work (55 minutes)

Percussion – usual preparation/assigning/instructing per Mike

WW  &  Brass - 

Symphony No. 2 in C - “Little Russian” - brief review of playing in C Major, plus accidentals (especially at M, R, and S)

At Morning’s First Light – emphasis on m. 41-end, especially Clar & Flute rhythm variety (m. 41 vs. m. 53 vs. m. 59) / if time also m. 23-40

The Rowan Tree – review as much as possible for accurate rhythm and counting

7:35 BREAK - Treats  (THANK YOU, Marsha Jensen :)

7:45 Rehearsal (45 minutes)

The Rowan Tree – review for balance and highlighting echo effect phrases m. 18-44 / ? Full run through if time

Symphony No. 2 in C - “Little Russian” – become more familiar with the piece as a whole, including what strings are doing, (e.g. letter N)

At Morning’s First Light – emphasis on m. 41-end, understanding cut-time directing and your playing / hearing and balancing the rhythmic clar & flute vs. ‘chorale’ playing by everyone else / if time also m. 23-40 / ? if time, full run through ?






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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 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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