The Unique Sound of British Brass

For Band Members

Great concert on Friday night, many thanks  to the substitutes who came in for the last week to play with the band at CIYC.

Next concert is the Monday Memorial Day concert at Libbey Bowl, probable downbeat 11:30 or noon, TBD, likely a one-hour concert without intermission, before the speakers, so you will be free to leave after our concert without waiting around.

We will have five rehearsals prior to that concert, doing the customary patriotic mix, with a few other feature pieces.   Let us know your ideas for songs to play at the Libbey Bowl concert.

After Libbey Bowl, we will have two or three rehearsals (depending on whether we rehearse Tuesday 5/29) before the Friday 6/15 CIYC concert, playing most of the Libbey Bowl pieces, plus adding some additional tunes for the two-hour concert.

This Tuesday and the next will also be open rehearsals so we can play band requests as time permits.

Below are the general band guidelines that have been on our band website the past few years, and are included in the band emails at the beginning of the year.  Check them out if you haven’t reviewed them in a while, and let us know if you have any suggestions for revisions or additions  to them.

Reminder:  you can always check the current rehearsal list and upcoming concert details and song lists through your smartphone or computer via the following link, please bookmark,  (the “For Band Members” page on our website):

https://venturabritishbrass.wordpress.com/for-members/

Here is a refresher of the general guidelines for rehearsals/song selections/and covering your parts when you can’t make a concert:

  1. When starting a new concert cycle, the first two or three Tuesday rehearsals after a concert are “open” meaning any band member can request any song to be rehearsed, either in advance (preferred, so it can be included in the emailed rehearsal list, and so Gary can bring the score), or when Gary takes requests on rehearsal night the first few weeks.  Gary will also have arrangements that he has selected to rehearse, and ones from the ongoing band request list will always be considered to potentially be on the rehearsal list on these first few Tuesdays.
  2. Once we get to the third rehearsal, we will need to start to focus on making a draft song list for the upcoming concert; so we will start to add some additional songs to make a well-rounded concert list, trying to include some arrangements requested by band members from the ongoing request list.
  3. This is your band, so we can respect if you do not like a particular arrangement and would prefer that we not play it.  If you want to delete a song from an upcoming concert list, we can usually honor your request and delete it, but please propose a replacement song to put in its place (rather than just saying “I don’t like that arrangement”).
  4. The exception to the above would be if a band member has requested to play this particular arrangement that you don’t want to play.  In this case, the band member request takes priority over your preference not to play it.
  1. Each band member has the primary responsibility for making sure that his/her part is covered for any given concert. Let Randy and Hal and your section leader know as soon as you know you cannot make a concert, obtain a sub if you can, and remind everybody once again a few weeks before the concert in case we’ve forgotten about your upcoming absence.

CIYC schedule for 2018 is the third Fridays of even numbered months (mark your calendars):

 

Monday, May 28th    Libbey Bowl

Friday June 15th    CIYC

Friday, August 17th  CIYC

Friday, October 19th  CIYC

Friday, December 14th (second Friday) CIYC Holiday

TBD Leisure Village Holiday concert

 

(above subject to adjustment due to CHICO concert conflicts)

(plus several Ventura TowneHouse concerts, mostly on Tuesdays)

 

Reminder:  you can always check the current rehearsal list and upcoming concert details and song lists through your smartphone or computer via the following link, please bookmark,  (the “For Band Members” page on our website):

https://venturabritishbrass.wordpress.com/for-members/

Here’s a  link to Paul’s ongoing recordings of most of our concerts:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1mhA9eVAxCrWWtIM0hub1ZtS2M  .

 

Here is a New Year’s refresher of the general guidelines for rehearsals/song selections/and covering your parts when you can’t make a concert:

  1. When starting a new concert cycle, the first two or three Tuesday rehearsals after a concert are “open” meaning any band member can request any song to be rehearsed, either in advance (preferred, so it can be included in the emailed rehearsal list, and so Gary can bring the score), or when Gary takes requests on rehearsal night the first few weeks.  Gary will also have arrangements that he has selected to rehearse, and ones from the ongoing band request list will always be considered to potentially be on the rehearsal list on these first few Tuesdays.
  2. Once we get to the third rehearsal, we will need to start to focus on making a draft song list for the upcoming concert; so we will start to add some additional songs to make a well-rounded concert list, trying to include some arrangements requested by band members from the ongoing request list.
  3. This is your band, so we can respect if you do not like a particular arrangement and would prefer that we not play it.  If you want to delete a song from an upcoming concert list, we can usually honor your request and delete it, but please propose a replacement song to put in its place (rather than just saying “I don’t like that arrangement”).
  4. The exception to the above would be if a band member has requested to play this particular arrangement that you don’t want to play.  In this case, the band member request takes priority over your preference not to play it.

 

  1. Each band member has the primary responsibility for making sure that his/her part is covered for any given concert. Let Randy and Hal and your section leader know as soon as you know you cannot make a concert, obtain a sub if you can, and remind everybody once again a few weeks before the concert in case we’ve forgotten about your upcoming absence.

 

 New Music

 Malaguena (Mike)  221

Carousel (still need to find arrangement, Gary request)

Firebird Suite finale (Julie)

Moorside Suite (Linda)

Lux Aurumque, (“Light of Gold”) Sandy Smith arrangement (Chris Preston)

 Ongoing Band Request list, updated8/14/16

Moorside Suite   227

The Prayer    125

Nimrod       33

West Side Story   79

Punchinello    170

Gaelforce     69

 

Reminder:  you can always check the current rehearsal list and upcoming concert details and song lists through your smartphone or computer via the following link, please bookmark,  (the “For Band Members” page on our website):

https://venturabritishbrass.wordpress.com/for-members/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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