Rehearsal Monday 3rd March

Hi all.

First up – The rehearsal this Monday (3rd March) is ON.  You’ll have to manage without my grinning fizzog, but we can put together some good rehearsal time and with only a few weeks to go to the Peel Pensioners concert every bit helps.

David and Kyra have generously offered to help out with some flexible lead playing, so I would like you to cover …

Arabian Nights – Kyra on Clarinet as Sop

Friend Like Me- Kyra on Clarinet as Sop

Londonderry Air- Kyra on Clarinet as Sop

St. James Infirmary

Summertime – Kyra can use my music which has both Alto solos currently (to be changed)

Ben will open up at the usual time, and I wish you a fun and productive rehearsal.  I’m back on the 17th, so we can have a catch up then.

Cheers Jem

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Rehearsal 27th Jan 2014 and preparation for Peel Pensioners Concert

Hi all,

I’m growing a little concerned about the Peel Pensioners concert date (26 March), given that we now have only four rehearsal sessions prior to the gig.  I don’t want to have to cut tunes or introduce workarounds, but this depends on how the next few rehearsals go.  … and the quality of our playing is now directly linked to the time you put into off-line practice at home.

In particular, we need to get “A Whole New World” right this week.  I’ve re-written the tenor section to feature two parts, and have asked Matt and David to make sure they’re confident with it for Monday.  It would really help if all could do the same on your parts so that we can count this as a tick-in-the-box.

The rehearsal list for this coming Monday is ….

I Got Rhythm

A Whole New World

Up on the Roof / Wonderful World

St. James Infirmary Blues

St. Louis Blues

Little Brown Jug

Groovy Kind of Love

Please note : A key decision we have to make on Monday is whether we should run a rehearsal on March 3rd given that I won’t be around as I am working in France for the week.

Cheers Jem


MSE Rehearsal Monday 17th Feb

Hi all,

Firstly, sorry this blog is out a bit late – our house has been flooded twice this week so everything’s been set back a bit.

Here are the tunes we’ll concentrate on for Monday’s Rehearsal …

From last week, we’ll run with Limehouse Blues, Welcome to New Orleans and A Whole New World.

These are continued from last week, but they do need some attention for us to play them confidently.

– For Limehouse Blues, I’ve fixed the ‘missing dynamics’ problem, and will bring sheet music parts with me.

We’ll also run through a selection (depending on time) from … Arabian Nights, Friend Like Me, Summertime.

… and I know that some of you will be tired after the IOMWO weekend, but with the Peel Pensioners concert coming up, we can’t afford to have part attended rehearsals, so please do make the effort.

Cheers Jem


Two Sides of A5

Hi all,

The committee recently decided to invest in some A5 flyers to a) promote the band and seek performance opportunities and b) seek new players to swell out ranks.

Here’s a first draft from yours truly, seeking comments from all.

The flyer attached has two pages – one advertising the band, the other opening the door to new players.  Don’t forget to look at both pages !

Note – the photos are for illustration only, and I’d certainly like to take one of our current line-up prior to publication of the flyer.

Please let me have your thoughts on the content.

Cheers Jem

Click the link to view –>>  MSE A5 Flyer


MSE Rehearsal – Monday 10th Feb 2014

Hi all,

Here are the tunes I want to concentrate on, for the coming rehearsal on Monday ….

Limehouse Blues,  A Whole New World,  Wade in the Water

… plus Hit the Road Jack,  Welcome to New Orleans,  St. Louis Blues.

Note : I have recently revised the first three of these tunes, and I’ll put the new versions on the repertoire page tomorrow (Friday).

Please make sure you print off new parts accordingly, or we’ll be our of step !

Re the upcoming Peel Pensioners concert, I’m growing a little concerned that we’re only about 6 weeks away from the event, and we’re not where we should be in terms of preparation.  The main reason is that for various reasons, we haven’t had a consistent quorum together since the beginning of term.

To help us focus on the task at hand, I have created a concert playlist based on our current repertoire,

Click the link to view the >>>> Concert playlist

…. and to ensure you support the team effort, can I please ask you to …

– Make every effort to attend all rehearsals leading up to the next concert (Wednesday March 26th).

– Have your parts printed / ready for every tune on the concert playlist (spares would be great to help out if we are short on players on any given week).

– Practice at home, any areas where you feel you have difficulty – fast passages, tricky phrases etc.

We’ll then have all the basics in place to refine our delivery and run a successful concert.

Cheers Jem


New Releases and rehearsal update (Feb 3 2014)

Firstly, I’ve completed the two Manx Passion tunes (Hit the Road Jack and Wade in the Water).  I’ll bring the parts for these tonight, and we’ll give them a first run through.   The usual scores, parts, Midi files etc. plus part allocations are already on the website in the Current Repertoire area.

Next up, please find attached, a link to an A4 poster, aimed at attracting new players or two to the team (not many).

We need these to be put up in as many towns as possible.  Generally supermarkets, post offices, newsagents and some shops will happily put them up for you free of charge – you’ve just got to ask.  I’ll take care of Peel, but the only way we can sensibly get to other areas island-wide is if you print copies and place them on behalf of the band.  Please do your bit.

MSE Player advert  >>>

Lastly, I want to make sure we don’t lose impetus on our transcriptions work.  This is a commitment that we all agreed to take on, but so far progress has been variable to say the least.

I’d like to put a stake in the ground, so this doesn’t become a forgotten task.  Can everyone who has not yet provided me with a file, please do so before Monday 24th Feb.  That’s 3 weeks away, so plenty of time to finish off your masterpiece.

Many thanks, Jem

Tune Who Status
Duke’s Suite Ben Part-Complete
Cool Saints Michael No   progress info
Just another lazy day David Complete   – to be checked
Comedy for Saxophones Matt Part-Complete
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Susie Complete   – to be checked
Ja Da Kyra No   progress info
Home on the Range Andrea No   progress info – working   with Susie
Pasodoble Demento Jas No   progress info
I will Follow Him Jackie Complete   – to be checked