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Thanks everyone for a fun after school rehearsal! I appreciate the efforts of all of those students who want to perform in the Remembrance Day assembly, and who were there on Friday.
Students who did not make it to the rehearsal, whether for legitimate reasons or simply because you forgot, you MUST be at the next rehearsal on Tuesday, November 5th at lunch to guarantee your spot in the performance. If any students do not show up to Tuesday’s rehearsal, your teachers may have to make the executive decision to remove you from Thursday’s performance in order to ensure a successful performance for everyone.
Upon listening to the recording, we still have room for improvement! I did not list all of the things we’re doing well already. Rather, this is what needs improved! Please practice at home and in rehearsals, with this feedback in mind:
An Evening in Terezin
-needs to be confident but softer and more in tune in the beginning.
-percussion needs to be more precise and softer
-clarinets and horns need to be softer
-keep in mind that any little sound out of place is audible (e.g. drum sticks falling)
-watch conductor more at end, in case we want to slow down a little
-for dynamic range to be effective, the mp and p dynamics need to be a lot softer
-watch carefully for beat 1, 2, 3, 4 entrances…conductor will not cue every note, but instead will make all beats very obvious. Don’t rush!!
-alto sax play Eb in measure 10, not E natural!!
-need more clarinet 2’s in measure 11…very important part for you there
-low brass work on intonation m. 13-17
I Am A Jew
-snare and tom need military style and precision from beginning to 15
-percussion section must arrive at 12 together. If something goes wrong before 12, look up for 12 and play that bar with the conductor’s tempo. Memorize m. 12 to help with this.
-watch conductor more carefully from 18-21, as parts are not 100% lined up
-alto sax, please play all the right accidentals from 18 onward…Eb, possibly others were missed
-snare and toms, need military precision and softer volume from 40-end. Snare especially cutting through very loudly.
-cutting this for the Remembrance Day performance. We may choose to play it as a stand-alone movement at the Winter Concert in December.
Enjoy your weekends!