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For February 20, 2018

BREAKING NEWS!  -  Just to be on the safe side, we will NOT have rehearsal tonight. The announcements below about February 20 will apply to next week, February 27.



Well done, last Tuesday evening! Of particular enjoyment is your tone quality. Even with a smaller group of musicians, it’s great to hear a pleasing, balanced sound from the entire group. Keep it up :)

A quick reminder - Next week, February 27, we want to have an OPEN HOUSE and welcome some new/prospective members who would like to find out what New Horizons Music is all about. You musicians are the heart and soul of what is enjoyable about NHBFV, so try to think of any special encouragement you might want to pass along to our guests for the evening. Remember, as with your music so it’s true with your encouragement - “Your best is good enough!”

Also, looking ahead to next week musically, more new music - a classic movie theme from long ago, and some ‘new’ music from the ‘old’ west.

Now, for this week, Tuesday, February 20, 2018:

6:30 Sectional Work

Percussion – usual preparation/assigning/instructing per Mike

WW and Brass - Warm-ups That Work - Scales, Thirds & Patterns (Concert Bb and F) emphasis on tone quality

Mozart: Symphony No. 29 - m. 1- end - brief review of accurate articulation / watch dynamic changes

Valley Mist - m. 1-44 lots of breath control/teamwork/staggered breathing to harmonize (often times dissonant) with bass clef melody (we’ll have trombone cues join baritone)

Ancient Echoes – review/reminder to accurately count and articulate dotted half notes and half notes for rhythmic effect / breath control

Blue Tango - m. 1-end - tone quality

7:30 BREAK - Treats

7:40 Rehearsal -

March of the Irish Guard- m. 1-end / a cheerful “kick start”

Mozart: Symphony No. 29 - m. 1-end / watch dynamic changes

Valley Mist - m. 1-44 - same as sectional work: breath control, putting staggered harmonies together with melody (trombones play cues with baritone melody

Ancient Echoes – m. 1-end

Blue Tango - m. 1- end / emphasis on tone quality/balance / listening for other voices will help blending


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For February 13, 2018

Another very enjoyable evening with you last Tuesday night :)

Time for a new piece this week - “Valley Mist.” It’s a piece inspired by the mountain region of West Virginia, and includes the tune of “Down in the Valley.” It has an interesting “effect” at the end - we’ll produce the sound of a gentle rain.

Now, for this week, Tuesday, February 13, 2018:

6:30 Sectional Work

Percussion – usual preparation/assigning/instructing per Mike

WW and Brass - Warm-ups That Work - Scales, Thirds & Patterns (Concert F and C) same as last week - p. 6 / Chromatic Scales - p. 16

Mussorgsky! - BACK TO THIS ONE m. 54-74 chromatics and attention to ARTICULATIONS / m. 75-95 develop the feeling of cut-time in this slow tempo / m. 96-end control of dynamics with crescendos and tone quality

Valley Mist - m. 44-77 learning of basic melodies, harmonies, & rhythms / also m. 96-end - a nice harmonic close to the piece

Air for Band – overall, a review, special attention to 2 things; a) dynamics, b) key of C Major (concert pitch) at E to the end

Black Forest Overture - review of introduction m. 1-22 (changing tempos / time signature changes m. 18-20 / subito dynamic change m. 19 / review m. 23-47

7:30 BREAK - Treats

7:40 Rehearsal -

Black Forest Overture- m. 1-end

Valley Mist - m. 1-160 (we’ll take slower at m. 121-160 for now)

Mussorgsky! – emphasis on m. 75-end, then m. 1-end

Air for Band - part E-end - controlled dynamics and tone quality / m. 1-end

? if time ? Mozart: Symphony No. 29, First Movement (a cheerful close)


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For February 6, 2018

It’s a great pleasure making music with you each week. I know you work very hard on your music, and want to sound good. I hope that I’m helping you do that. I also know there are some musical passages that might be out of our “comfort zone” for ability, as well as interest in the music. I’ll try to keep in mind to provide a varied AND enjoyable musical experience :) ! (Hint: we’ll give “Mussorgsky!” a week off.)

One more time, just a reminder tip to wind players: in the “Warm-ups That Work” book, on page 16 are some chromatic scales. (Trust me, you’ll love them more and more. Memorized chromatic ability is kind of a “badge of honor”)

Now, for this week, Tuesday, February 6, 2018:

6:30 Sectional Work

Percussion – usual preparation/assigning/instructing per Mike

WW and Brass - Warm-ups That Work - Scales, Thirds & Patterns (Concert F and C) different than last week - p. 6

March of the Irish Guard - quick check on note accuracy, and articulation / nothing too wild, but do watch the many four 1/8th note passages with two slurred followed by two tongued 1/8th notes

Ancient Echoes - overall note and rhythm check / DO LISTEN for simple things like “overlapping” tied dotted half notes between voices (beginning m. 17-18) / also tongue lightly when not slurring - LEGATO

Velocity – SAME AS LAST WEEK m. 121-128 clarinet & alto sax harmonies (and continuing) / m. 129-136 rhythms & articulations for tenor sax, horn, 1st tromb (and continuing with trumpets m. 137-144 / m. 137-160 obligato for flute & 1st clarinet (VERY busy - we’ll keep it SLOW for now)

Black Forest Overture - New part / m. 48-61 very different harmonies (accidental Db and Gb{concert pitch}) / free flowing and haunting / also practice the D.S. al Coda “road signs” (back to m. 23, and then ‘jump’ from m. 42 to 66)

7:30 BREAK - Treats

7:40 Rehearsal -

March of the Irish Guard - m. 1-end / a full rehearsal rousing opener

Velocity - m. 1-160 (we’ll take slower at m. 121-160 for now)

Black Forest Overture – m. 48-61 / also practicing D.S. al Coda

Air For Band - m. 1-end / a brief review for familiarity

Ancient Echoes - m. 1-end

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For January 30, 2018

Once again, a noticeable improvement from the beginning of rehearsal to the end. Keep at it with Mussorgsky! Once again, sometimes it’s just “dogged determination” :)

One more time, just a reminder tip to wind players: in the “Warm-ups That Work” book, on page 16 are some chromatic scales. (Trust me, you’ll love them more and more. Memorized chromatic ability is kind of a “badge of honor”)

Now, for this week, Tuesday, January 30, 2018:

6:30 Sectional Work

Percussion – usual preparation/assigning/instructing per Mike

WW and Brass - Warm-ups That Work - Scales, Thirds & Patterns (Concert Eb and Bb) different than last week - p. 4 / Chromatic Scales - p. 16 - same as last week

Mussorgsky! - ONE MORE TIME m. 28-47 WW chromaticism / m. 54-74 MORE chromaticism

Blue Tango - WW m. 1 thru part C and part F / BR parts C - end / emphasis on correct notes (of course) and articulations

Velocity – new material m. 121-128 clarinet & alto sax harmonies (and continuing) / m. 129-136 rhythms & articulations for tenor sax, horn, 1st tromb (and continuing with trumpets m. 137-144 / m. 137-160 obligato for flute & 1st clarinet (VERY busy) / Also, we’re going to emphasize the 3/4 measures with the 2 dotted 1/4 notes for a more separated, accented (‘quasi’) syncopated feel

Black Forest Overture - New Piece! An interesting sound harmonically and rhythmically (Michael Sweeney trademarks) m. 1-57 for discovery of notes, rhythms, melodies, harmonies that are a little less predictable than some songs / also attention to articulations (m. 31-34) and syncopations (m. 35-37)

7:30 BREAK - Treats

7:40 Rehearsal -

Black Forest Overture- m. 1-57

Velocity - m. 1-160 (we’ll take slower at m. 121-160 for now)

Mussorgsky! – m. 1-end

Blue Tango - m. 1-end

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For January 23, 2018

Great to see you last Tuesday, Jan. 16. I neglected to include official greeting to one more new player to New Horizons last week - clarinetist Deb Ahrens. A ‘sloppy’ omission on my part.

It was great to hear a noticeable improvement from the beginning of rehearsal to the end. Many of you are really ‘taking command’ of Mussorgsky! There are definitely places that just take ‘dog determined’ energy to wrestle through tough passages. I’m eager to hear improvement on it again :)

Again, just a reminder tip to wind players: in the “Warm-ups That Work” book, on page 16 are some chromatic scales. If chromatic scales are part of your regular practice routine, there are many music passages that are more accessible because of a regular familiarity with chromaticism. They are actually very memorizable over time.

Now, for this week, Tuesday, January 23, 2018:

6:30 Sectional Work

Percussion – usual preparation/assigning/instructing per Mike

WW and Brass - Warm-ups That Work - Scales, Thirds & Patterns (Concert Bb and F) - p. 5 / Chromatic Scales - p. 16

Mussorgsky! - m. 44-47 WW chromaticism / m. 54-74 MORE chromaticism / REVIEW m. 1-27

Mozart: Symphony No. 29, First Movement - m. 33-end to familiarize new melodic ideas / m. 59-62 grace notes in flute & trumpet (don’t ‘overdo’ the grace note (short); the ‘big note is the important sound)

Velocity – new material at m. 81-88, and same at m. 97-104 / counting the rests just as important between passages for correct ‘re-entry’ / remember the difference between the two kinds of ‘curved’ lines - TIES, as in m. 81, 85, 97, 101, and SLURS, as in m. 82, 86, 98, 102 / if time permits, review last week’s work (m. 1-32)

Air for Band - New Piece! A wind band ‘standard.’ As much sight reading as sectional time permits, but become acquainted with melody/harmony lines simultaneously with articulation - long, sustained slurs / a haunting, legato, melody with triumphant ending

7:30 BREAK - Treats

7:40 Rehearsal -

Mozart: Symphony No. 29, First Movement- m. 1-end

Velocity - m. 1-116

Mussorgsky! – m. 1-74

Air for Band - m. 1-end (becoming familiar with totality of the piece)

Blue Tango - ? any time left ? - let’s ‘dance’ out of rehearsal :)



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For January 16, 2018

Welcome back, everyone! What a great night to welcome Pam, Sujin, and Sandy to NHBFV! Already in our first rehearsal you sounded great.

Lots of variety of musical styles and challenge for 2018. I know that popular music makes for a ‘hit’ concert, but we were pretty ‘top heavy’ on popular music last fall for a reason - a special appeal to increase our audience and band members. We can still, however, play lots of other styles and still be quite appealing.

One general tip to wind players: in the “Warm-ups That Work” book, on page 16 are some chromatic scales. If chromatic scales are part of your regular practice routine, there are many music passages that are more accessible because of a regular familiarity with chromaticism. They are actually very memorizable over time.

Now, for this week, Tuesday, January 16, 2018:

6:30 Sectional Work

Percussion – usual preparation/assigning/instructing per Mike

WW and Brass - Warm-ups That Work - Scales, Thirds & Patterns (Concert Bb and F) - p. 5 / Chromatic Scales - p. 16

Mussorgsky! - m. 12-23 treble and mid voices - attention to rhythms that are different from each other - the 1/8 rests are for breathing purposes - the overall effect is non stop 1/8 notes / m. 28-43 accurate counting in cut time / m. 44-47 WW chromaticism

Mozart: Symphony No. 29, First Movement - new piece! / 4/4 counting (your welcome :) / key of F Major, so concert pitch E natural, and sometime B natural, but also accidental Eb / main emphasis tonight - m. 1-32, learning of notes/rhythms, but also try to do articulations right away / slowly to begin with

Velocity – new piece! / alternating 3/4 and 2/4 measures (it’s easier than you think - trust me :) / feeling beat one more strongly than other beats is very helpful / let’s work on m. 1-40 / one insight on m. 33-40 for clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, and horn - measures with 6 1/8 notes group better in 3’s, not pairs

7:30 BREAK - Treats

7:40 Rehearsal -

Mozart: Symphony No. 29, First Movement- m. 1-32 (more?)

Velocity - m. 1-40 (more ?)

Mussorgsky! – m. 1-47 (more ?)

Ancient Echoes - 2nd time reading through - general familiarity

P.S - Anyone signed up for treats?

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

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