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It was fantastic to see so many Stonepark students at band camp, and I am really looking forward to another year of music making at Stonepark.

The band blog is an important source of information for the band program. Please check the home page regularly for news.  In order to receive automatic e-mail notifications when new posts are added, please subscribe to the blog by entering your e-mail address on the home page.  Please note that I will not be sending group e-mails, as the blog is the primary source of information for the band program.

Google classroom is another tool that we will be using again this year to support learning in the band program.  More information on this will be provided in a future post.

Band Rehearsals

Please find below the tentative weekly band rehearsal schedule for 2017-18. Should it be necessary to make any changes, updates will appear here on the band blog.

Monday: 12:30-1:15 pm: Grade 7 Band rehearsal (first rehearsal on Monday, Sept. 25)

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7:45-8:35 am: Grade 9 Band rehearsal (first rehearsal on Tuesday, September 19)

Wednesday: 7:45-8:35 am: Grade 8 Band rehearsal (first rehearsal on Wednesday, Sept. 20)

Grade 8-9 Jazz Band rehearsal (schedule and first rehearsal TBA)

Students must be in the band room at 7:45 am on early am band days. Students who are habitually late or absent may be asked to make up missed practice time in the band room during lunch breaks. If a significant amount of rehearsal time is missed during a reporting period, students may lose performance or field trip privileges.

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

School Supplies for Band Classes

Students are asked to please bring the following supplies to band classes.

-a pencil
-a ½ inch or 1 inch binder (black)

Optional, but very useful:
-10 protective plastic sleeves (for 3 ring binders)
-a music stand to facilitate home practice

Early Morning Band Cancellation Policy

There may be times when I have to cancel or reschedule extracurricular practices. I will always give you as much notice as I can when this happens.

Should a rehearsal be canceled, an announcement will be made at school the day before, or on the radio (CBC, Hot 105.5, Ocean 100) in the morning. An announcement will also be posted on the band blog.

On stormy mornings, please ensure that there are no school cancellations or delays before leaving for band practice. School cancellations and delays which affect Stonepark will result in the automatic cancellation of early morning band rehearsals.

Band Concerts

Participation in band concerts is a highlight of the band experience, and attendance at all scheduled performances is a required element of the Stonepark band program; please note concert dates as they are provided, and mark them in your calendars.

I am looking forward to another great year with the Stonepark band students!

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Band Camp 2017

This year’s band camp will be held from Monday, August 21st to Saturday, August 26th at Charlottetown Rural High School.

The schedule is:

Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday-Friday:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

*The intermediate/senior ensembles & bands will perform on Friday afternoon.

Saturday:  9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (beginners only)

The address for CRHS is 100 Raider’s Road in Charlottetown.
Parents will be required to provide transportation to and from the school.

All students must bring lunch each day.

Band Camp is peanut-free and scent-free.

*Please note that registration for Stonepark students was completed in early June and the camp is now full.

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Band Camp Instruments

Instruments were delivered today for grade 7 and 8 students who will be attending band camp, then attending Birchwood in the fall.

I made an announcement this morning asking students to pick these instruments up in the band room at the end of the day, but with the excitement of getting report cards and getting sprung for the summer, a few have been left behind!

I would appreciate it if all of the Birchwood instruments could be picked up tomorrow morning before 10:30 (I will be involved with the closing ceremony at 11:00) or between 1:00 and 3:30 tomorrow afternoon.  Please contact me if those times are not workable so that we can make another plan.

Grade 9 students who requested CRHS instruments may pick them up tomorrow in the band area following the closing ceremony.

Grade 9 students who had signed out their instruments for the Jazz Band performance must return those instruments BEFORE the closing.

Thank you for your help with this!


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Jazz Band Event Cancelled!

Please read below the following important update from Mr. Underday.  This is too bad…I was looking forward to hearing you play.

Inventory plan:  Grade 7 and 8 Jazz Band members must return instrument to the band room before their report cards are distributed on Monday.  Grade 9 Jazz Band students must return instruments before the Grade 9 Closing on Tuesday.  Thank you and have a great weekend!

From Mr. Underhay:

Just got off the phone with Rowan Fitzgerald. Unfortunately, due to rain, the gig is cancelled.
Bummer! You guys were sounding great. I was looking forward to it!
Please return your band instruments to the school as you pick up your report cards.
Mr. Underhay



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Instrument Inventory

 Inventory is now underway in the band room. Band students are asked to bring their instruments and band books to their next band class. 

All instruments are to be turned in for the summer this year
*Students who are attending band camp, and who will be returning to Stonepark next year, will be permitted to sign out an instrument for the summer after inventory has been completed.
Students who will be attending Birchwood in September will be assigned a Birchwood instrument. Mrs. Peters will be making a list of students who are requesting Birchwood instruments for band camp.

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Notice to Stratford Elementary Alumni

Ellen Davis, music teacher at Stratford Elementary, has asked me to share the following information with Stonepark students.  It sounds like a great event!


Students who attended Stratford Elementary and were involved in any of the seven musicals presented since 2010, are invited to sing in the school’s Alumni Concert on Tuesday, June 20th at 7pm. We’re having a rehearsal this Friday, the 16th, from 3:45 to 5:00, and again on the evening of the concert at 5:45, to run thru a couple of pieces from each musical: Pirates, Treasure Island, Fame, Willy Wonka, Aladdin, Annie, and Lion King. All students are welcome to sing all the songs, or, just the ones they performed in.

There’s a multi-cultural theme to the event, celebrating the 30 nationalities represented by the student population. A cake, cupcakes and traditional treats will be served!

All are welcome! If students contact me in advance, great, if not, no worries, they can just show up on Friday!


Theme: Celebrating Stratford Elementary students from 2010 when the school opened, to the present, and the musical talent and diversity we’ve enjoyed during this time!

Concert date: Tuesday, June 20th, 7pm

You are invited to this exciting end of the year concert, to enjoy a variety of performances, including excerpts from the seven musicals performed by Stratford students since 2010, a ukulele group, recorder group, and the school’s rock band. Some former students are joining us to make the event extra-special!

Participating students are asked to wear their choir uniforms, white on top/black on bottom.

At the close of the celebration, we hope to serve a few treats, including a special cake featuring a picture of the world with flags marking our students’ nationalities, cup cakes, and traditional, non-perishable foods from various countries. If you happen to have a few spare moments and may be free to provide a dozen or two cupcakes, or be interested in preparing a traditional baked good, recipe provided, please indicate below! Thanks so much, in advance!


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