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.
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.
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.
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.
Click the link to view –>> MSE A5 Flyer
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.
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.
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
|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|