Welcome to Junior Concert Band! This is the elective ensemble in Class 6 and 7 and we meet on Fridays for an hour at 11:45am during term time. This group is for all wind and brass players, driven along by a groovy rhythm section consisting of percussion, keys and bass.
We had a lot of fun in concert band last year, mastering Star Wars and Ayre and Dance. We also began work on a big band arrangement of Rock Around the Clock.
We will begin this year by continuing with Rock Around the Clock, whilst also working on some short pieces to help our new players as they find their feet.
A key learning point in Junior Concert Band is self management. Therefore, students are expected to:
- be on time,
- bring all equipment necessary for the rehearsal (instruments, sheet music, pencil) and ensure it is in good condition,
- experience success through practising the sheet music consistently prior to the rehearsal, working on it with their instrumental teacher and listening to any recordings,
- enjoy orderly rehearsal technique by not interrupting the coach, putting hands up and being tuned and ready to play as quickly as possible,
- listening and observing sound, movement and gesture from the coach and other players to enable a cohesive ensemble sound.
Here is a link to an audio recording of Rock Around the Clock – enjoy!