"Music, being identical with heaven, isn't a thing of momentary thrills, or even hourly ones. It's a condition of eternity."
- G. Holst
Loading Crew plan for upcoming gigs:
Loading crew should show up at Halifax West at 1:00 Friday Nov 7 to get the gear needed for both the Remembrance Day gig and Hal-Con. Not all gear for the Hal-Con gig will be used at the Remembrance Day gig, so pack that gear last.
ETA at St. Agnes would be about 2:10. Drumset and stands should be loaded last to make them accessible. Unload/set-up at St. Agnes by 3:00. Reload after the reception.
The trailer will arrive at the loading dock of the World Trade and Convention Centre on Saturday night at 7:00. We need to unload and set-up and be ready to play all in a 30 minute time frame. I am hoping that the main stage can hold us all, but I won't really know until I get there. Some adaptations may be needed on the spot. After the concert, we'll need to move the equipment back down the elevator to the dock again.
Loading crew should meet at Halifax West on Monday morning around 9:15 to return the equipment.
On this rehearsal, we will play the necessary material for the Veteran's Reception. Some of this material includes, Army of the Nile, CAF March Past, Remembering Vera Lynn, You'll Get Used to It, plus Omaha Beach. The Sing Along stuff, we'll do on the gig. You may want to look those over at home. I imagine that this material will take about an hour and fifteen minutes. The remaining time will be spent on the Hal-Con show. We will need to tighten up the more challenging pieces, like Star Wars Marches, Lord of the Rings and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. That last one is important to me. It is the first performance of the piece and, although it isn't Brahms, I still have a lot of time invested in it and would like for it to have a good presentation.
As soon as these 2 shows are over, we'll have only 3 rehearsals before the Christmas Concert (unless we can change the date to the 10th. We should talk about this next time). You have all of the tunes, except one. Please take a bit of time to prepare these pieces individually so that we can assemble the parts into a cohesive unity. If you wait until the 18th. of November to look at these in full band, we'll waste time correcting mechanical, rhythmic and pitching errors and, thus, the ensemble will suffer. It is important that we all do our parts, even in a community band, to make a credible, satisfying performance that we can be proud of. Am I right?
Thanks, very much, and I'll see YOU on the 4th.
Remembrance Day Vet's Reception
where: St. Agnes Church Hall
when: Friday, Nov. 7. 8:30 start time.
This is a reception after a church service. The service is for veterans of the Canadian Forces. Most are WW II and Korean War vets. We don't play the church service, but we provide background music for the reception. The reception will start around 8:30 and run for about an hour. It's at St. Agnes Church Hall on the corners of Chebucto and Mumford Roads. You should be there by 8:10. Wear black and bring a music stand, unless you are in the front row or play percussion. Music performed will be from the Remembrance Day folders which were distributed on Oct.28.
Bring own stand and wear black attire.
When: Nov. 8, 7:30-8:30.
We are playing at the World Trade and Convention Center on Argyle Street. It will be in the "Great Hall" (the big room) on the Main Stage, no less. You should be there by 7:00. Enter through the main front entrance. Meet outside the big room, or, if it's open, meet inside. There is a costume contest at 5:00 in there, but it may be over by 7:00.
Wear the band shirt and pants or a dress that goes with it. Bring your own music stand, unless you are in the front row, or in the percussion section.
Loading crew meet at the loading dock at 7:00.
Where: St. Agnes Church
When: Dec. 9. Starts at 7:00. Be there at 6:30.
Wear black outfits. Bring own stand except percussion and front row. Loading crew meet at the church for set up at 3:00 (tentively).
Repertoire to be decided upon soon, but likely Christmas Concert music will be:
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