On September 15, there was a Zoom meeting with the HCB Executive group. There was a review of the results of the Membership survey, which is attached to this e-mail. The basic message was that members were willing to try to get together, which was encouraging for us. We have researched the rules for Halifax West, the conditions for On-line rehearsals, some options for using other locations, and the recommendations from the Nova Scotia Band Association. We talked about the activities of other bands in the Metro area, and other items.
After consideration of everything we knew, it was decided that there are too many unknowns and unfavorable factors for band rehearsals at this time. We will review the situation late October to see if conditions have changed. We would like to have an on-line Annual meeting on Tuesday November 3 at 6:30 pm. A notification and Zoom link for the meeting will be sent out at the end of October. Pandemics are disheartening.
Last week I mentioned that the Band Executive needs your help in assessing the situation around band rehearsals in the time of pandemic.
I am sending a link to a survey about the band’s future. Please respond,
The Band Executive had a Zoom meeting on Tuesday Sep 1. There is so much uncertainty concerning the getting together for a band rehearsal. We talked about decisions being made about schools, research about playing wind instruments in a group, software available for virtual large group meetings, possible other spaces for rehearsal, and other topics. Our decision was for various people to do more research and to have another Zoom meeting on September 15.
In a few days, we will be sending out an on-line survey to determine interest in somehow having band rehearsals before Christmas. Please respond when this is sent to you. We need to hear from you.
We are considering the option of different rehearsal space. The major factors for indoor spaces and groups of people include the capacity for social distancing, the air exchange rate, and the ability to clean things after a gathering. If you are aware of suitable spaces, please contact me.
We will let you know about plans after September 15.
Since we are unable to get together to play this music, here are some links to recordings of music in your folder. If you miss playing your instrument, you can play along with these. Dave (with assistance by Donna Huffman)
Sea Songs- R Vaughan Williams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67eu-zjf1ps (performed by Cleveland Symphonic Winds)
Poet and Peasant Overture- Von Suppe (Takahashi) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drCthkR0ex8&list=RDdrCthkR0ex8&start_radio=1
A Childhood Remembered-Rossano Galante. (J.W. Pepper site) www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10360929 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uDaRTvTF-I
Star Trek Through The Years (arr. John Moss) www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2331379 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2M-FxFRngo
Curtain Call-John Wasson www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10369239
or slower version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBQqMxyTUIc
Lincoln- John Williams (arr. Bocook) www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10376172 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0HQNBaac68&feature=youtu.be
Praeludium (from Holberg Suite)-Grieg (arr. Lopez) www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10312393 or www.alfred-music.com/player/BelwinConcertBand2012/38363/player.html
Jump In The Line-Belafonte (arr. Brown) www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10626025
John Underhill provided two links to a variety of music performances:
Some news about a study that the Band is supporting:
I write today about the aerosol study that is being put together by CBDNA and NFHS
The study will examine the aerosol dispersion by wind, brass, and vocal performers. It will take place on our campus in Boulder and in Maryland and I know that it will provide vital answers for everyone moving forward.
Depth of resources – On the website, there are a few links to some shared documents – drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1PZ8RF3EytzUWGwfJNpu4fsyXc4E_u2Yi
These 2 folders have numerous documents on the studies on Aerosols and Instrument Contamination & Hygiene.
The coalition currently has about 60 members and the Canadian Band Association has signed on to support this project and sent a nominal contribution.
You are invited to the Halifax Concert Band year-end Zoom party (BYOB)
Topic: HCB Zoom Party Time: Tuesday June 9, 6:30 pm
Join us for a toast to community band music and for a chance to see members of the band. Just click the link below a bit before 6:30 pm on June 9
Meeting ID: 858 0300 1090 Password: 710509
The link has the password embedded in it. You will be placed in a ‘waiting room’ when you click the link. I will welcome you into the meeting.
This can be done on a computer, tablet, or smart-phone. It uses your built-in camera and microphone, which needs to be turned on (in settings). You can test your camera and audio while waiting.
Hope to see you there. Bob
There is also a project being promoted by Philip Harper and the Cory Band called the Indoor Music Games, involving musicians recording individual parts to the IMG anthem:
John Underhill President Halifax Concert Band Society www.halifaxconcertband.ca