Upcoming Concerts

The first band concert of the year will be held on Thursday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Stonepark gymnasium.  This concert will feature the Stonepark Grade7, 8, and 9 concert bands, as well as the Charlottetown Rural Grade 10 and Grade 11-12 Concert Bands.  Please mark this date in your calendars…more details for students will follow as the date gets closer!

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Fall Cookie Dough Campaign

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The band students are going to be selling frozen cookie dough again this year! This is the  major fundraiser for the Stonepark band program, and the product will be delivered to customers just in time for Christmas.

This year, our campaign will begin on Monday, October 23rd.  Students will be asked to take orders for cookie dough from October 23rd until November 6th. The cookie dough, which comes in tubs or pre-portioned in boxes, will be delivered to Stonepark, and will be available for pick up by sellers in the Stonepark cafeteria from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 30th.

All profits from this fundraiser will be shared equally among participants, and will go toward the cost of extra-curricular activities and band field trips at the grade 7, 8, and 9 levels. Band field trips are getting more expensive each year, and it is our hope that this campaign will help to ensure that all students have an opportunity to attend special events.  Some parents prefer to make an equivalent cash donation, and such donations are welcome as well.

In past years, band students have been able to fund raise over $5000 for the band program during this short campaign.  Each student is asked to set a personal goal of selling at least 3 units in order to help us to achieve this year’s goal.  Students who sell three units will also be eligible for prize draws!

*Participants may also wish to shop online at QSP.ca for more variety, and to use PayPal and Major Credit Cards.  Online sales will count toward students’ sales goals.  Students who sell $45 worth of products in online sales (the equivalent of 3 units of cookie dough) will also be entered into prize draws.

We will need parent and student volunteers to help with this fundraiser (sorting orders as they arrive, collecting payments on the turn-in day, preparing the order forms to send to QSP, distributing cookie dough at the school, etc.). A volunteer sign-up form will be posted on the blog later this week.

Please watch for the catalogues which will be sent home with all band students on Monday, October 23rd.

Thank you in advance  for your support!

 

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Band rehearsals this week

There will be a grade 7 band rehearsal tomorrow (Tuesday) from 12:35-1:15.

Grade 8 early morning band rehearsal is canceled this Wednesday morning (October 11).

Grade 9 early morning band rehearsal is canceled this Thursday morning (October 12).

*I will be attending curriculum meetings in Summerside on both days.

Jazz band rehearsal will be held as usual on Friday afternoon.

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Visiting Artists 

Metis fiddler, Tristen Durocher, and Dene-Metis jigger, Modeste Mackenzie, recently led workshops with grade 7 and 9 music classes.  The artists were on the Island representing an organization called the Indigenous Peoples Art Collective .  

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Meet the Teacher Slide Show

For those of you who didn’t have the chance to come to the band room during Meet the Teacher night, I’ve posted slide show here:

Meet the Teacher Presentation

 

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Lessons for Beginners

Small group lessons are being offered this week to students who are new to their instruments and were not able to attend the summer band camp.  Please note the schedule below:

Tuesday (12:30-1:15):  Flutes

Wednesday (12:30-1:15):  Trumpets and Trombones

Friday (12:30-1:15):  Clarinets

Grade 9 band students who are willing to volunteer to assist during these times are welcome to attend.

 

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Grade 8 and 9 Rehearsals

Instruments have been distributed, and we are ready to begin to make music!  The Grade 8 and 9 concert bands will begin early morning rehearsals this week.

Tuesday, September 19:  7:45-8:35 am:  First Grade 9 early AM band rehearsal

Wednesday, September 20: 7:45-8:35 am:  First Grade 8 early AM band rehearsal

Thursday, September 21:  7:45-8:35 am:  Grade 9 early AM band rehearsal

Grade 8-9 Jazz Band rehearsals:  Every Friday during period 6

Grade 7’s will have their first rehearsal on Monday, September 25th from 12:35-1:15 pm.

Students must be in the band room at 7:45 am on early am band days.   Students should plan to arrive at school no later than 7:35 am in order to visit lockers prior to rehearsal.

Students are to be dropped off at the back door of the school for early AM band rehearsals.

Thank you for your past and future support in providing transportation for your children to early morning band classes!

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