Monthly Archives: April 2019

Concert Uniform – price increases

I have just been informed by Coniston Embroidery that they are having to increase their prices by between 3% and 3.5% with effect from next Monday. Therefore it may be an idea for Wind Band members to get orders in in the next couple of days.

All members of the Wind Band MUST have an ‘Polo (Italy 2019)’ shirt irrespective of whether they are going on tour – this is the shirt that has been worn by the band since last summer, so everyone should have one. However, those students going on tour may wish to have a second shirt in order to reduce the unique distinct odour that comes from sweating out a concert and then travelling back to the hotel in the same shirt on 4 consecutive days!!

If at all possible we do like band members also to have a ‘Supporter’s Polo Shirt’, which is the dark blue shirt that also has names or nicknames embroided on the back – these are to be worn (by those that have them) on the outward journey. Those students who went on the Swing Band Tour last year should already have one.

Finally  – all Year 11, 12 & 13 are welcome to purchase a Sixth Form Music Hoodie – these are fully logo-ed and also have names/nicknames on the front.

Women in Jazz Day – Trinity Laban Conservatoire

Andrea Vicari – the professor of jazz studies at Trinity Laban who came with NYJO to do the jazz workshop with Swing Band in autumn – has just sent details of the “Women in Jazz Day” that they are holding on Wed 3rd July in London. Any female Swing Band players who wish to go should follow the link below and apply as soon as possible as it will fill up very fast.

Any students who are successful please let me know so I can make sure that they can travel as a group (this is not a school trip).

Wind Band – Italy Tour

A reminder to ALL parents of students going to Italy in 11 weeks that the balance of payments is due by next Friday (there are still some who have only paid the £50 deposit!). If anyone is unsure about what they still owe they can ask Mr Butler for an up to date account of payments.

Also … please could the information sheets given out before Easter (detailing emergency contacts, medical details, dietary requirements, passport info etc.) be returned to the Music Office as soon as possible?

Finally … please make sure that all students have a valid EHIC Card (irrespective of Brexit!). Dates of the information meeting and additional rehearsals will be issued in a few weeks, and as soon as all the concert venues are confirmed I will publish them as I know that several groups of parents are coming out to support us.

If anyone is unsure about what they still owe they can ask Mr Butler for an up to date account of payments.

Swing Band Concert on Saturday

A reminder to all members of the Swing Band that we have a concert at Lower Holker Village Hall (in Cark) this Saturday. All players need to arrive at 7pm to get set up for a 7.30pm start. Finish by 9.30pm.

Rehearsal on Friday until 4.45pm as normal.

After School Rehearsals This Week

Monday – WIND BAND 3.30pm-5.15pm. All Wind Band rehearsals will now be until 5.15pm unless otherwise stated. All students going on the Italy Tour need to attend all rehearsals (or give notice of absence) – we go 12 weeks on Thursday! Additional rehearsals will be arranged as required after GCSE and A Level exams.

Wednesday – some of the Year 13 Final recitals 6pm-7.45pm in the Main Hall. All are welcome to attend (students performing are Tabi, Heather, Catherine, Emma and Jacob).

Thursday – SWING BAND 3.30pm-4.45pm. this rehearsal is because we are off on Good Friday. Next concert is Holker on Sat 27th April. All players are to attend except for those sixth-formers who are teaching primary students.