Archive for February, 2011

Fred Stride visit

To the senior band class.

It is confirmed that Fred Stride will be coming to conduct some of his easier concert band music for us to sight read on Thursday. He’ll arrive for our coffee break and then conduct his music in the second half.

It would be good if we could get as many people to attend as possible. If you can organize your week to make a Thursday rehearsal session possible it would be appreciated. If not, then that’s OK too. As a learning tool, working with other conductors is very important to help improve one’s musicianship.


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I have one ticket for the Kingston Symphony performance hosted by Tom Allen on Sat. Mar. 12th at 8:00PM. The seat # 4 is front row balcony.

A great location. $30.00 for the $38 ticket. First come first served.

Contact: Brad Patterson

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Upcoming events

On Thursday March 3rd, composer Fred Stride from BC will be visiting us at coffee break. Please read his bio page at He’ll be accompanied by Greg Runions. He is the featured artist with the Greg Runions Big Band (also featuring Juno award winner David Braid, piano) which has their concert on Saturday March 5th at 7pm in the Wilson Room of the public library downtown. I’ve asked him to bring some easy concert band music of his for us to sight read and have him conduct as well as discuss his musical history and compositional techniques, style and inspirations. Should be very informative. I have specially priced tickets for the concert on Saturday. They are 10 dollars and are only available from me. Otherwise, they are 20 dollars for adults and 15 dollars for student/seniors at the door.

There will be no sight reading class on Friday March 4th. The intermediates have a concert. However, the beginner class will still run at the usual time.

There will be no classes on Monday March 7th or Tuesday March 8th due to previously scheduled personal commitments.

March Break is March 14th to 18th inclusive. No classes.


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Tunes for next Tuesday

Here’s a list of some tunes we could play at Fairfield East next Tuesday.

Concert is at 10am.

Pajama Game

George Gershwin Portrait

Shenandoah’s Simple Gifts

Shadow of Your Smile

Mr. Sandman

You Needed Me

Sophisticated Ladies

You and me against the world

Swinging on a star

Also, on a more serious note, it has come to my attention more than twice in the past few months, that some of our members are altering their daily regimen of medications in order to sit for longer periods of time. I cannot stress how dangerous this is, primarily to your own health but also to how our program is accepted and supported in the school. Accidents and health incidents can happen to anyone at anytime, at any age, but we are not doing ourselves any favours by altering medications, self-medicating or dehydrating ourselves in order to sit through a rehearsal or concert session and then having a medical emergency in the school or concert setting. The results can be catastrophic as we’ve seen in past.

I will be taking an informal survey among you during the next while and perhaps proposing a new rehearsal schedule that allows for shorter sessions with small breaks (10 minutes) in between to allow for members to stand, stretch, use the washroom, drink liquids, etc.

Of course, the best option is for the members to be vigilant with their own health needs and realize that at any time during rehearsal, or a concert, they are free to do whatever is needed to comply to their health regimen as prescribed by their physician and/or themselves. If I have at any time given the impression that I do not support you in this manner, then I too will be more vigilant.

Your health, safety and happiness are the most important things to me as your teacher and friend. Music is secondary to these points.


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Schools are closed

No classes today due to the storm.

See you all next week. Normal class schedule resumes next Monday.


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