SCB – Music for June!

Hard to believe we’re at this point already: our final repertoire of the year! Here are the recordings for you to practice along with:

The Mandalorian: https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&productID=11340572E&type=video

Azure Hills: https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&productID=10093325&type=audio

How to Train Your Dragon: https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&productID=10343746&type=audio

Winter Performances – Timeslots, Uniform Reminders

Our Winter Performance Series will be next week on December 17th. This will be the culmination of many weeks’ worth of hard work, perseverance and dedication. The students now have the opportunity to show off all they have learned and be celebrated for their musical accomplishments this term!

This will not be a traditional “concert” per se – students will come in through the Band Room exterior door, one class at a time, perform during their timeslot, have it recorded, then leave through the front entrance. This will ensure no two classes will interact so that the “concert” is just as safe as our classes we do every day. I will send out a final polished “Concert” recording a few days after the performance.

The performance timeslots are as follows. Students should arrive to PMSS a few minutes prior to the start of their timeslot and enter the Band Room exterior door (at the back of PMSS). There, they should set up their instruments and warm-up. Then they will come to the MPR to perform. After their performance, they will pack up and leave through the front entrance.

TIMEPERFORMERS
3:45-4:00 pmBeginner Elementary Band A (PME)
4:00-4:15 pmBeginner Elementary Band B (DJE, EME, HPE, Hammond)
4:15-4:30 pmAdvanced Elementary Band
4:30-4:45 pmBeginner Concert Band 8 (block C)
4:45-5:00 pmBeginner Concert Band 8 (block D)
5:00-5:15 pmJazz Band
5:15-5:30 pmVocal Jazz Ensemble (Choir)
5:30-5:45 pmSymphonic Concert Band  arrive at 5:15 SCB students should plan to help tear down until 6:00 pm after they perform.

Concert Uniform: now is a great time to ensure that you have all the aspects of your child’s uniform for their performance. Please don’t wait until it is too late if you are unable to afford new clothes – the music department has funds available to help you! Students not in uniform may be prohibited from performing.

Elementary Bands:

  • Black PMSS Music T-shirts (distributed later this week or early next week)
  • Black DRESS pants (jeans or sweat pants are not suitable)
  • Black DRESS socks
  • Black DRESS shoes (runners, converse, etc are not acceptable)

Secondary Musicians:

  • Black DRESS shirt (minimum ¾ length sleeves)
  • Black DRESS pants
  • Black DRESS shoes/socks
  • Or something dressy that accomplishes the above objectives

As stated in our course outlines and music handbooks, performances also function as term exams – participation is essential. As well, we are a team, and EVERY player is needed for the performance.

PMSS Fall Concert 2020

Our Fall Concert is NEXT WEEK. The concert begins at 5:30 pm and will be live-streamed. Please read below for call times for the students.

We cannot allow parents into the school to watch the concert, however, as per usual we will be accepting “Admission” Donations toward the Music Program and non-perishable food items for the food bank. If you would like to contribute, please send your (optional) donation with your music student at some point in the next few days leading up to the concert.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5 – PMSS Fall Concert!

Who: Symphonic Concert Band (SCB), Secondary Concert Choir (SCC), Secondary Jazz Band (SJB), any student-led groups and solos/duets that wish to perform. (if you would like to add a song to the program, please email Mr Renaud ASAP!)

Where: Students will perform in the MPR; friends/family can watch the livestream at home via the link (was sent home via email).

SCHEDULE:

Concert Set-Up:  1:00-3:00 pm – students may ask permission from their afternoon class teachers to come and help with concert set-up. Students unable to come at 1:00 are expected to come set-up as soon as they are dismissed at 2:25

Call time: ALL performers should meet in the band and choir rooms at 3:30 pm to warm-up.

Remembrance Ceremony Recording Session: 3:35-5:15 pm. We will record Canon of Peace (SCB), O Canada and For the Fallen (SCC). This is our contribution to PMSS’s Remembrance Day ceremony.

Concert start time: 5:30 pm

Per our handbook, all students are expected to stay for the duration of the concert. Each group deserves a big and enthusiastic audience to perform for and part of being a musician is supporting the musicians around you by being in their audience.

Uniforms

Students are expected to arrive at call time in Uniform: black collared dress shirt, black dress pants, black dress shoes, black dress socks, or something dressy that accomplishes the goal (3/4 length sleeves, floor-length pants/skirts/tights/etc). If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or talk to Mr Renaud. The goal here is the show that as an ensemble we are unified, just as a sports team all wear the same uniform for a game. No t-shirts, jeans, sweat pants, or running shoes, please!

**If your family is having financial difficulty and simply can’t afford a new pair of shoes or pants, please let us help.  Don’t wait until the night of the concert and please don’t just send your student in the wrong clothes.  The PMSS Music Dept has funds available to help out families in need.**

Food

As we have an early Call Time, we will be providing students with a Subway-catered dinner (all sandwiches individually wrapped). We will need one parent volunteer to pick up the sandwiches on November 5th and one parent to go to Costco ahead of time to purchase water bottles and a box of the little bags of chips. If you can help out, please let Mr Renaud know! I will be asking students in class this week for their sandwich preference. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Renaud.

SCB Repertoire: Fall 2020

Symphonic Concert Band – here are the recordings of our pieces to help you practice! Listen for how your part fits into the piece and try playing along when you are confident on your notes.

Star Wars – https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&productID=2383966E&type=audio

Storm Clouds – https://apromusic.com/download/storm-clouds.mp3

Kickstart! – https://apromusic.com/download/kickstart.mp3

Raiders – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBEB-Ruq2x8&feature=emb_title

Canon of Peace – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7JiB1dkyyE

Secondary Registration Meeting-TONIGHT!

Our Secondary Registration Meeting for all band and choir students in grades 8-12 is tonight on Zoom. I have emailed the Zoom Meeting Link out to all parent/guardian email addresses on file. You can also call into the meeting (instructions in the email). If you have not received the link, please email Nicholas_Renaud@sd42.ca and we’ll get you all set. Looking forward to seeing you all at 6:30 pm!

Spring Concert 2020

Our Spring Concert is NEXT WEEK! The concert begins at 7 pm in the PMSS Multipurpose Room. Please read below for call times for the students. Admission will be by donation, and we will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the food bank.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 11 – PMSS Spring Concert

Who: Secondary Concert Band, Secondary Concert Choir, Advanced Elementary Band, Beginner Elementary Band, student-led groups and solos/duets. (if you would like to add a song to the program, please email Mr Renaud ASAP)

SCHEDULE (please note: band classes run as usual this day):

Concert Set-Up: 2:45-3:45 pm – secondary students please meet in the band room. If everyone helps out, this should only take half an hour! We need to cart all percussion equipment, both chair racks full of 18 chairs, 2 stand racks, the choir risers, sound system, and the piano to the MPR.

Call time: ALL performers should meet in the band and choir rooms at 6:30 pm to warm-up.

Concert start time: 7 pm.

Per our handbook, all students are expected to stay for the duration of the concert. Each group deserves a big and enthusiastic audience to perform for and part of being a musician is supporting the musicians around you by being in their audience.

UNIFORMS

Students are expected to arrive at call time in UNIFORM.

SECONDARY STUDENTS: Concert Blacks: black dress shirt, black dress pants/leggings, black dress shoes, black dress socks, or something dressy that accomplishes the goal of those suggestions.

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS: PMSS Elementary Band T-Shirt, black DRESS pants, black DRESS socks, black DRESS shoes.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or talk to Mr Renaud. The goal here is the show that as an ensemble we are unified, just as a sports team all wear the same uniform for a game. No t-shirts, jeans or running shoes, please!

**If your family is having financial difficulty and simply can’t afford a new pair of shoes or pants, please let us help.  Don’t wait until the night of the concert and please don’t just send your student in the wrong clothes.  The PMSS Music Dept has funds available to help out families in need.**

Students not in proper uniform may be prohibited from performing.

CONCESSION

There will be NO potluck at this concert. Instead, our Music Parents Council has decided to offer a concession of pre-packaged snacks (chips, cookies, rice crispie squares, etc), as well as bottles of water and cups of coffee. All concession items will be $1.00 each.

50/50 DRAW

This concert will feature a 50/50 Draw with tickets for cash purchase. Please bring those loonies and toonies so you can get in on the fun! Tickets will only be sold to people 19+ years of age.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Renaud. The students have been working extremely hard this term and we cannot wait to show you all we’ve been preparing! Please invite your family and friends to come and enjoy this fun night of music staged by our awesome student-musicians.

SECONDARY Band/Choir Tour of Elem Schools – Monday March 2

WHO: Secondary Band and Choir

DATE:                Monday March 2, 2020

DEPARTURE:          Wemeet at PMSS at 7:30 am in UNIFORM (concert blacks: dress shirt, dress pants, dress socks, dress shoes) for final rehearsal. We depart by school bus at 8:15 am.

RETURN:                 We will return to PMSS at 1:30 pm in time for Block D classes.

SCHEDULE:           

  • 7:30 am                        Meet at PMSS, final rehearsal
  • 8:15 am                        Load buses, depart
  • 8:35 am                       Arrive Highland Park Elementary
  • 8:50 to 9:25 am            Perform HPE
  • 9:50 to 10:25 am          Perform Pitt Meadows Elementary
  • 10:50 to 11:25 am        Perform Edith McDermott Elementary
  • 11:30 am to 12:15pm   LUNCH at local strip mall
  • 12:25 pm                     Arrive DJE, warm-up
  • 12:45 to 1:20 pm         Perform Davie Jones Elementary
  • 1:30 pm                       Return to PMSS, students back in time for Block D classes.

WHAT TO BRING:    Your instrument, a pencil, your folder, your music and a snack and lunch/lunch money.

(Put your name on everything please!)

Please let me know if your child has any medical issues that we should be aware of.

CONDUCT EXPECTATIONS

Students are reminded that they are representing PMSS and the community of Pitt Meadows on this field trip. Students are expected to be on their very best behaviour at all times on the bus and at each school. Students will be setting an example as role models from the high school; as such students are expected to act professionally and politely at all times. Students are also expected to complete their assigned set-up clean up tasks without being asked. Please also be sure to thank your bus driver and chaperones!

CHAPERONES

We are in need of 1-2 parent chaperones to assist with this field trip – one chaperone will need to pick up and drive our rental truck. If you are able to help out please let me know. You will be a huge asset to the music department and you’ll get to spend the day seeing some great music played by our student musicians!

SET-UP and CLEAN-UP TASK ASSIGNMENTS:

To be announced in next hand-out prior to leaving.

Our tour of the elementary schools will be a success if everyone remembers the following things:

  1. Please be on time in the morning. We are starting rehearsal at 7:30 in the Band and Choir Rooms, so you should really plan to be at PMSS by 7:15 am. 
  2. Wear your uniform – Concert Blacks. Dress to inspire – dress shirts, dress pants, dress shoes, dress socks.
  3. Ensure you bring anything you will need to perform on the tour (do you play an instrument in band OR choir?)
  4. Bring a snack and water and lunch or money to buy lunch during our lunch break. You may bring your school backpacks along as well.
  5. Ensure that you are helping set up and tear down without being reminded.
  6. Follow all instructions from Mr. Renaud and your chaperones.
  7. Perform your best at every concert! Remember that you are representing the PMSS Music Program!

QUESTIONS? If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Mr. Renaud.