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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 SEPTEMBER 11, 2018


Great to see everybody back (mostly) last week, and welcome to our newest players, Barb Carlson on tenor saxophone, Rebecca Creviere on clarinet, Marsha Jensen on flute, and Mike Lensby on trumpet. Amidst my running around at the last minute, and covering a different entrance for last week, I quickly noticed a sense of “newness” that I sometime take for granted. Your enthusiasm for new music and new friends to make music with really boosted me, and I hope it did for you, too!

Thanks for the volunteering going on, too, such as Jonna bringing snacks, and Judy, Michele, and Deb volunteering for the next 3 weeks (I don’t know which Deb, though, but Deb does :)

I think we will continue what I started last week, and we’ll do warm-ups/scales/etc. right away in the band room, mostly using the new books I handed out - “Superior Bands in Sixteen Weeks.” (We can take as many or few weeks as we want :)  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 11, 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 - 

Joy -  THREE emphases (yes, 3 :) 1. NOTE ACCURACY

2. ARTICULATIONS  3. RHYTHMS

Elegy for the U.S.S. Arizona - 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)

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

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

7:45 Rehearsal -

The Rowan Tree - adding DYNAMICS and BALANCE to think about

Joy - ACCURACY  /  RHYTHMS  /  ARTICULATIONS

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




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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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For May 8, 2018

Good afternoon New Horizons!

Announcements about this coming week are quite a bit different because we are jointly rehearsing with the orchestra. Here’s the rehearsal schedule:

6:30 Everyone on FVL stage for joint rehearsal with orchestra.

Hornpipe (from Water Music) - Robert Kramer

Freedom Finale - Rachel Richards

BREAK - extend profuse thanks to orchestra members who are bringing treats :)

7:15 ( ish ? ) RESUME Separate Rehearsal

Orchestra - Stage

Band  - Band Room (rehearsal order is also concert order)

March of the Irish Guard

Mozart: Symphony No. 29

Ancient Echoes

Westward Journey

Exodus: Main Theme

Blue Tango

There will be no sectional work tonight.

UPCOMING Schedule Reminders

Tuesday, May 15 - NO REHEARSAL (conflict with FVL concert)

Thursday, May 17 - Make-up rehearsal for Tuesday cancellation. Working on shorter sectional and longer full rehearsal on May 20 concert.

Sunday, May 20 - CONCERT at FVLHS, 2:00 pm (plus bring treats to share with audience and musicians for post concert reception in the commons)

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 Tuesday.




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For May 1, 2018

Looking ahead to next week, May 8 - full rehearsal with the orchestra right away at 6:30 pm on the stage. We’ll work on “Hornpipe” and “Freedom Finale.” After joint rehearsing on stage, we’ll take a break with the orchestra for ‘treats,’ and after break we will rehearse our band only pieces in the band room. No sectionals next week.

Looking ahead two weeks, our May 15 rehearsal is moved to Thursday, May 17, 6:30 pm. It will be band only rehearsal of pieces for our May 20 concert.

Looking ahead 3-4 weeks - additional rehearsal on May 22, and additional PERFORMANCE on Tuesday, May 29, at Ridgeview Highlands Retirement Community.

Also, as mentioned last week, we will ‘resurrect’ 3 pieces from the fall that will play well for our residents at Ridgeview Highlands on May 29. For those who didn’t play last fall’s music, try not to fret about 3 new songs a month before the concert. All three have very familiar, popular melodies.

The first one we’ll continue reviewing for this week is “The Best of Henry Mancini.” If you don’t have it (newer members), we’ll get copies for you on Tuesday night.

In addition, we’ll review “Indiana Jones: The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” The third piece is “Colonel Bogey.”

Tuesday, May 1, 2018:

6:30 Sectional Work

Percussion – usual preparation/assigning/instructing per Mike

WW and Brass - Warm-ups That Work - Scales, Thirds & Patterns - Just one scale - (Concert Pitch G, p. 8)

Freedom Finale - m. 1-10 intro is actually the ending parts of “America, the Beautiful” / m. 18-25 finishes “Chester”, a Revolutionary War song / m. 30-42 is the refrain of “Battle Hymn of the Republic”

Hornpipe - again, emphasis on m. 40-53, esp. rhythms, careful counting, entering on the ‘&’ of beat 2 

The Best of Henry Mancini - review m. 40-70 “Baby Elephant Walk” / m. 71-106 “The Sweetheart Tree”

Indiana Jones: The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - review entire piece

7:25 BREAK

7:35 Rehearsal -

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

The Best of Henry Mancini - review sectional work, maybe entire piece

Hornpipe - complete run through

Freedom Finale - complete run through



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For April 24, 2018

Time to think “programming”, both for audience appeal, and style preferences of you, the players!  :)

As much as I like all of your music, and also being proud of the way that you’ve learned to play all the different styles of music in our folder, you can stop practicing “Mussorgsky!”, “Velocity”, and “Air for Band.” Those three won’t make our programs for Sunday, May 20, or Tuesday evening, May 29.

We will ‘resurrect’ 2-3 pieces from the fall that will play well for our residents at Ridgeview Highlands on May 29. The first one we’ll start reviewing for this week is “The Best of Henry Mancini.” If you don’t have it (newer members), we’ll get copies for you on Tuesday night.

Next week we’ll probably review “Colonel Bogey”, and maybe “Indiana Jones.” I think those two will also play well at Ridgeview Highlands.

Now, for this week, we’ll divide sectional and rehearsal 55 minutes each.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018:

6:30 Sectional Work

Percussion – usual preparation/assigning/instructing per Mike

WW and Brass - Warm-ups That Work - Scales, Thirds & Patterns - Just one scale - (Concert Pitch Bb and Eb, p. 4)

Ancient Echoes - review / also pursuit of beautiful tone quality / also, observe dynamics carefully

Hornpipe - emphasis on m. 40-53, esp. rhythms, careful counting, entering on the ‘&’ of beat 2 

The Best of Henry Mancini - review as much as possible, but for sure ‘Pink Panther’ and ‘Peter Gunn’ (beginning and end)

Valley Mist - concentrate on breath control, both for tone control, and “survival” (especially baritone, flute, and clarinet) but really everyone - breathe from deep down, not high in the chest

7:25 BREAK - Treats

7:35 Rehearsal -

Ancient Echoes - we’ll check for balance of parts, so check your dynamics

Hornpipe - esp. m. 40-53 / also complete run through

The Best of Henry Mancini - we’ll review ‘Pink Panther’ and ‘Peter Gunn’ for sure / as time permits we’ll try to review all of it

Valley Mist - complete run through

March of the Irish Guard - reminder of how to count differently from 4/4 to 6/8, and then back again


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

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