Tuesday

CICB,

 

Thanks for your great work on Tuesday night. Sectionals proved to be both fun and beneficial. Thanks to the section leaders for preparing and leading. It was a great night.

For this Tuesday, please take time to audit these:

Someone lined up all the original recordings of all the tunes from Hooked ON TV Reruns here

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=hooked+on+tv+reruns

Here is a pretty good recording of Tsunami

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlnCTZ9deZ0

And a good recording of our centerpiece, Early Light:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kGTS88yEvg

 

Let's set up this Tuesday's rehearsals like this:

Tsunami

Cavalry

Early Light

break

Hooked

Fire

Prince

After this Tuesday only 3 rehearsals remain. Please make every effort to attend - on time - and tell your section leader and/or me if you can't make it or are running late.

3/28 

4/4 SPRING BREAK - NO REHEARSAL

4/11

4/18

4/25

5/2 7 dress rehearsal

5/9 1 POPS CONCERT

Pops Prep

And we're off on another concert cycle! Good job reading the concert down last Tuesday. Thank you for your attendance and effort. I'm exciting about producing the pops and look forward to see what personality you can add to it. Start telling your friends to save the date - May 9! Concert order is:

The Mission

Light Cavalry (entire piece)

The Typewriter

Fire!

Hooked on TV Reruns

Tsunami

3 jazz band selections

Blue Tango

Skol Vikings

Early Light

Prince in Concert

Mission

There will only be 4-5 rehearsals for the May 9 concert date. I'm looking forward to getting after it starting this Tuesday. Please let your section leader and/or me know if you are going to be absent or tardy. And let us know of any attendance issues you may have for this concert cycle. That way we can avoid setting up empty chairs, tripping over empty chairs, looking at empty chairs and tearing down empty chairs - plus it gives us a lot more room to work. Thank you for your help with this.

Speaking of tear down, I appreciate your continued help with this. With so many pitching in it just doesn't take long to do. We're still leaving a few things out in the hall - I will do better at showing you what needs to be done.

The jazz band will be rehearsing at 6:00pm on April 18, 25 and May 2. Members will need to attend these (or at least 2). 

It's been a great 35th season - let's keep it going!

Tedd

KUDOS!

Congratulations everyone on a very memorable concert. Terrific work on some very difficult music. You performed 18 pieces nearly back to back with tons of edits. I'm really impressed with your work and attitude during this whole concert cycle. Amazing. And the audience just LOVED it. They couldn't get enough. What fun. Hopefully they will tell their friends and we'll have even more in attendance at the Pops Concert. I'm anxious to hear your reaction and those of your friends and family.

KUDOS to our featured soloists Kari and Chris. Thank you for your extra preparation and your professional performance out in front. Kudos to Mitch for your conducting, introducing, tuba playing and especially for your graceful retrieval of your baton! Kudos to Megan and Jason for your extended solos in the music as well. A lot of wonderful performances. Kudos to Megan for making the program in the image of an actual Sousa program and for providing the Encore placards. And Kudos to Sally for taking on the challenge of getting all that music prepared for us!

THANK YOU to all for your help and cooperation with the stage and auditorium set up. I loved the risers, I thought the auditorium looked especially clean without the coats and cases out, and people who sat in the balcony really enjoyed that site line and sound. And we had good lighting to boot. And you all looked terrific in your classic black - everything was done very professionally. I hope you had as much fun as I did.

This Tuesday is our reading session of the annual spring Pops Concert, this year titled "...and now, Your Local News!" The show will be emceed by WCCO TV personality Kylie Bearse. She is looking forward to joining us. They are also planning on having a film crew at the concert to show some highlights on the WCCO evening news! I'm excited to share the music and the concept with you on Tuesday. We will have the reading session, 5 rehearsals (no rehearsal on spring break 4/4) and the dress rehearsal before the May 9th concert. What a 35th anniversary year it's been for CICB. 

We may try out yet another new seating chart (there is no perfect way to seat a band!) Please let me or your section leader know if you cannot attend this or any rehearsal as it's always disheartening to be sitting among empty chairs - plus it gives us more room to eliminate the empty chairs.

As always. let me know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend. You deserve it.

Tedd 

 

SOUSA CONCERT!

Tuesday is the big day. Thank you all for your hard work these past couple months. It's time to celebrate with a memorable concert. Some final thoughts as we prepare, beginning with "What to Wear"

All black, no colors as all, no white, no gray

TOP – black, dressy, collared, long sleeves, button down (top button buttoned if comfortable), no tie or scarf . Black coat if available.

BOTTOM – black pants, dress pants if possible. women – pants preferred over skirt, if wearing a skirt consider length and wear black hose

SHOES – black, dress, shined, closed toe (avoid sandals)

SOX – black please, since we play on an elevated stage the audience sees our sox, when they are white or colored, it’s noticed!

OTHER conservative hair style, facial hair is in, other than a watch and ring, avoid jewelry especially necklace and bracelets. 

OVERALL think conservative and professional. Nothing modern

 

OTHER THOUGHTS

PROMOTION - time to remind your early invitees of the dates, and be sure to text those you most want to come on the day of the concert.

PREP - last minute practice is always helpful, especially on the Dvorak. You've done a terrific job getting the Danse Bacchanale worked up. Spend some time with a tuner and make sure your horn is in superior condition. Shine it up if you have a minute. And don't forget to take care of your self the day of the concert. Good rest and good nourishment. 

PLAN on parking away as we expect a large audience. Call time is seated and tuned by 6:30. We still need some volunteers if you have family that would like to help us out.

UPCOMING Keep recruiting as we have immediate openings in clarinets and percussion and will have openings starting this summer for oboe and bari sax.

See you Tuesday

Tedd

 

Prep for Dress

Team,

We got through it - you played thru the entire concert, which I felt went very well. Thank you to everyone for being there. We were only down 4 players which is great.

Our biggest challenge is we need to think ahead more - be prepared for what's next. There's still a lot of confusion on repeats, where to come, what piece is next, etc... There will be very little time between pieces - use this time to get the next piece out and remind yourself of the edits. I feel our 2nd biggest challenge is simply confidence. I encourage you to be courageous in this concert. We can do this - we've proven that. Let's all contribute at our highest level. After that we need to be tighter (less ragged) and much more in tune. Both of these require listening and adjusting constantly. 

The order for the dress and the concert are the same as last night. Please keep your music in that order. Main pieces and encores will be played almost back to back. Have them both out on your stand as if they were one. 

The dress rehearsal will go just as the concert in every way except our apparel. If possible, please come a bit early for warm up, some announcements and tuning. We will start right at 7:00 with Mitch's welcome. PLEASE INVITE INTERESTED FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO ATTEND THE DRESS REHEARSAL. A note on 'Roosters' - you can be more animated. Have more fun! It would be awesome to come up with some section choreography. We will stand as a band after the Dvorak, Danse Baccanale and the Star Spangled Banner. Spend your practice time this week on the Dvorak and the Bacchanale (and brass be sure you have the Stars & Stripes memorized).

The promotions goal this week is to go deeper - time for posters to go up, and invitations to go further. If you have any connections at local sr housing, let them know about it. And if you have any media contacts, by all means go for it!

We need some volunteers from your family and friends at the concert. 2 people to guard doors 1 and 2 so our audience can get in. 3 people to usher. Anyone know a good videographer? Could also use a photographer to take pictures during the concert and snap a formal from the balcony after.

We are starting planning for the next concert, our annual POPS, this year themed "...and now your Local News!" I have a WCCO personality lined up to be our emcee. It's going to be another fun event with some great music. But we are at a point we need to recruit some additional players to complete our roster. If you know interested musicians, please have them contact us through our website. We currently have immediate vacancies in these sections:

oboe

clarinet (up to 3)

bari sax

trumpet

percussion (up to 3)

Additional members on bassoon, bass clarinet, horn, trombone and tuba would also be considered.

Thank you everyone for your hard work preparing for this concert. It will pay off in a rewarding and memorable performance. I can't wait. See you Tuesday - and as always, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at teddggullickson.gmail.com

Tedd

Prep for 2/28

Hope you are having a good week and enjoying the weather. Our last two rehearsals for the Sousa concert will be run throughs in order. This will be the order of the music from now thru the concert:

Light Calvalry

El Capitan

Carnival of Venice

Sempre Fidelis

Carmen

Roosters

Nearer my God

Thunderer

New World

break

Dies Irae

Foshay

Funeral March

MN March

Morceau

Wash Post

Danse Bachanale

Stars & Stripes

Star Spangled

As always, make sure you are practicing to build endurance and to conquer those tough parts. Note from Mitch to also be listening and practicing his charts as he didn't get a chance to go thru them last week. Please make every effort to be at rehearsal and be on time. If you have to miss a rehearsal, please notify your section leader as a courtesy.

PROMOTION

With 3 weeks out from the big show, it's time to be sure all of your contacts have been given a 'save the date' notice. Megan's poster is a great way to do that. Be sure you are asking and senior friends - they will love this concert. If you have contacts at any sr living centers, be sure to advertise there, too. We will have more ideas on promotion as we get closer to the 7th.

NOTES

If you have family members that would like to help out the night of the concert, we could use some ushers - to help pass out programs, show the audience where the balcony is and other entrances, and to be at doors 1 & 2 so our audience is not locked out. If you have friends or family that would be willing to help, please let Mary or Margie know. We also need someone good with a camera to take a group shot after the concert. It's been awhile since we've take a formal shot - this would be a great chance to do it. We also need an easel to use during the concert to display the encore titles. If you have one we can use let us know.

Let me know if you have any comments or questions, feel free to let me know. Thanks,

Tedd

Prep for 2/14 rehearsal

Take a look at this video. It is of Keith Brion (the scholar who has arranged many Sousa marches) directing his 'New Sousa Band'. They dress in period costuming and decorate in the exact way Sousa used to do it. You will see how Sousa would stage the Stars and Stripes Forever - the piccolos, the brass to the front. This is what we are trying to emulate:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VswA4D4A9GE

Thanks to everyone for pitching in on this special event. We are getting very close the performance day. I have decided to cut the 'A' section in Light Cavalry - we will skip from A to D. As one of you said, it's almost impossible to sound good in this key with a group that only meets once a week. Instead put your practice energies into the Danse Bacchanale and New World.

Remember to bring your stand lights this Tuesday as we have no bulbs left on stage. I have some extras I will bring - if you have extras please bring to share with your band mates. 

Keep the promotions up. Who should you tell? friends, family, friends of your family, family of your friends, co workers, neighbors, gathering places, you name it. Print off some extra posters and put them in your car so you are ready to drop them off at: coffeehouse, restaurants, schools, churches, music store, other stores, telephone poles! And if you have any media contacts, feel free to go for it. Margie has prepared a press release. You may want to tell your fans that the concert will start at 7:00p and will be over around 8:30. We are all on the promotions committee - let's insure a standing room only crowd.

ANNOUNCEMNT: We have an opening in the CICB for baritone saxophone. Eric will be with us for this concert then has some conflicts. If you know someone, have them contact us through the website. You have been tremendous at finding us musicians to fill vacancies.

This Tuesday is our last 'regular' rehearsal, as the next two rehearsals will be run thru's. Again, please come early enough to warm up - we will tune at 7:00 and jump right into the work. Most of the notes are out - we just need some reps. Here's the plan for this Tuesday:

7:00 Samson

7:10 trumpet solo

7:20 New world

7:35 Light cavalry

7:40 Carmen

7:55 St & st

8:05 break

8:15 Roosters

8:20 El cap

8:25 Foshay

8:30 Sempre

8:35 St sp

8:40 Mitch’s time

 

 

complete rehearsal notes for sousa concert

COMPLETE REHEARSAL NOTES IN CONCERT ORDER

 

LIGHT CAVALRY

Our opener! Have fun with serious music, dramatic, animated - ala Bugs Bunny!

Exaggerate dynamic contrasts

5 + 11 if you have a rhythm, change to a whole note

Keep the ‘fanfare’ rhythm notes close, space and wait

19 a bit softer

21 add ritard

22 big timpani roll an Ab

2 before A if you have a rhythm change it to a whole note

Cut from A to D

F suddenly slower with straight 8ths from BD and CC

9 after F back to faster tempo

Accel to end

Ritard last 3 measures

 

EL CAPITAN

FENNEL scholarly edition – do as is

Form is Intro and 4 sections (repeated sections) - 2 are in 6/8, 2 are in 2/4

5 brass, pace self, alternate? dynamics!

21 dynamics

39 (2/4) not too loud - wait for louds later, observe bd & cc accents

77 not too loud 1st time – mp?

 

CARNIVAL OF VENICE

Remember, you are accompanying

1 mm=80

12 tenuto

2 b4 A no fermatas

1 b4 A add fermata on ct 2

Theme mm=88

Var I mm=68

B mm=78

Var III just play downbeats (1 and 2) for the next 8 measures, a bit slower

C mm=66

1 b4 D add fermata on ct 2 – all play Eb chord

cut from D to E

cut 3rd measure from end totally out

 

SEMPRE

Scholarly edition – play as indicated - exaggerate

1 together, wait, explode (throughout piece, e.g 9)

9 tenor and eup must be heard

9 light hearted, fun

10 trumpet 1&2, clar 1 & Efer precise, end together at 11

24 first ending is out – no repeat

26 trumpet 3&4 must be heard, but not louder than 1&2

26 clarinet 1 play lower notes, always

37surprise chord!

41 1st ending is out, no repeat

43 stick clicks high handed, add field drum

50 trumpets watch pitch on low D on pick up

51 clarinets out until 67

51 trombone 1&2 out till 82

51 field drum out till 83

51 keep bass line light

56 trumpets together, not early

58&59 low brass and ww add hairpins

67 increase weight and volume to tier 2

67 add piccs

83 add weight and volume to tier 3

99 all precision – each note clearly attacked and released

99 trumpet 1&2 play out soli

99 trumpet 3&4 2nd time only, then play out

99 play tied notes fully, don’t arrive early

last repeat is good

 

CARMEN

Use arrangers notes unless otherwise, #players, dynamics, NO CUES!

I. PRELUDE

1 lots of timp

1pompous16 no cc on count 2

17 very soft

25 dig in!

31 subito pp, almost pause before

34 braoden as go back to DC (no repeat)

II. AVEC LA GARDE MONTAINE

Extended trumpet intro, no directing

43 1st X just flute and picc

43 2nd X all, but still no trumpets

63 solo trumpet for 4 measures

67 et al – bring out all grace notes, on the beat

71 solo trumpet for 4 meas97 dig in – marcato

end big

III. LES TOREADORS

No break into this mvt

Bring out grace notes on the beat

106 separate after the quarter note

 (107)

112 not too loud

119 trumpets add cresc

124 martial, sep quarters, fanfares crisp

IV. DANSE BOHEME

Sense of urgency throughout

Clarinet, bass clar, saxes, 4th horn, euph, perc out until 163

1 bsn, 1/part horn till 163

163 all in, not too loud

flute, picc, clar, alto add accent on ct 3 m. 157, 158, 159, 160, 175, 176, 177, 178

181 bigger, alt very soft, etc

191 faster m=120

201 trumpet solo slur pick up into downbeat always

201 very light

208 start the ritard hear

209 add fermata on ct 3

210 fast m=150

211 separate quarter notes always

219 add hairpins 3 xs

last meas add fermata, release with grace notes and stinger with bd& cc accent

 

ROOSTERS

Play ink with these changes (other pencil is out)

4 sing loud and clear, be animated, move, give fun to audience

5 picc, flute, clarinet – don’t play, sing!

5 b cl, bsn, horns, tuba 1/part

5 percussion light, and sing!

5 sing ‘roosters’ – loud with clear words

10 shout ‘ as big as beer kegs’

13 and on stand on solos as indicated, spring up! Move – find the right person to fill this role!

41 duck call

42 sing and hold ‘OHHHHHH!!!”, then DS back to 5 and sing “mosquitos lay eggs in Minnesota”

after 12 2nd time jump to ‘coda’

43 no ritard

46 add fermata and trombone 1 gliss

47 trumpet mpce stand thing

47 & 48 clarinets out (but do play the last note of 48)

 

NEARER

Just as in fall concert

Lighting effect

 

ROOSTERS

Play ink with these changes (other pencil is out)

4 sing loud and clear, be animated, move, give fun to audience

5 picc, flute, clarinet – don’t play, sing!

5 b cl, bsn, horns, tuba 1/part

5 percussion light, and sing!

5 sing ‘roosters’ – loud with clear words

10 shout ‘ as big as beer kegs’

13 and on stand on solos as indicated, spring up! Move – find the right person to fill this role!

41 duck call

42 sing and hold ‘OHHHHHH!!!”, then DS back to 5 and sing “mosquitos lay eggs in Minnesota”

after 12 2nd time jump to ‘coda’

43 no ritard

46 add fermata and trombone 1 gliss

47 trumpet mpce stand thing

47 & 48 clarinets out (but do play the last note of 48)

 

THUNDERER

Mm=126

Listen to good quality recordings of these great marches

1sttime thru trio – play it soft, trumpets and trombones out, clarinets stay in the staff, sd pay on rim (no other percussion)

2nd time thru the trio – play it even softer! piccolo, efer, trumpet, trombones and percussion are all out

TROMBONES PLAY BOTH ENDINGS suddenly loud with the low brass and ww!

18 from the end (the last ‘trio’, you might have a 6 marked here, it’s in the middle of the last repeated section where the music is marked FFF) 1st time thru here play it soft with brass one on a part. Pley the first ending loud as well as the entire 2nd time as written.

Play the ‘stingers’ on all these marches accented and full length, never clipped.

 

NEW WORLD

Listen to quality recordings

Work on the 16th note runs and argegios in ww and euphs

WW feel free to adapt and edit your parts (e.g. leaving out repeated 16ths, changing 16ths to 8ths)

Beginning – watch, together, pwerful

5 Efer leave 6 meas whole notes out

9 slight pause and suddenly softer, watch pitch

9A check key

10 bit slower

12 bit slower

Watch, this is the centerpiece of the concert, enjoy playing this masterwork

 

-intermission-

 

DIES IRAE

Mad Max – Papa Murphy commercial

With fire! Very dramatic

3 crisp, exaggerate dotted 8th – 16th figure throughout, wait for the 16th (don’t rush it)

WW work your chromatic runs throughout

59 no timpani, replace with a soft bass drum roll

80 bells up, not too fast

95 trumpet timing – don’t go early

 

FOSHAY TOWER MARCH

All repeats are good

As in all of Sousa’s marches, keep all notes separated unless they are tied or slurred.

Mm=132

5 only mf, not too big, exaggerate the dynamics, like most Sousa marches – this of this first strain as a Scherzo

5 horns and tubas – your parts may seem unimportant, but they provide the energy

22 change the first time thru dynamic to piano, trumpets, euphs and trombones out first time, percussion play very soft, 2nd time as is

39 like most Sousa marches, play the trio like it’s an aria, trumpets, euphsand trombones out until pick up to 71, percussion play very soft

87 first time trumpets, euphs and trombones out, percussion play very soft – come back in on first repeat

117 bring out the ascending high ww run

Play the last note full, not short

 

FUNERAL MARCH OF A MARIONETTE

WASHINGTON POST MARCH

MORCEAU SYMPHONIQUE

MINNESOTA MARCH

 

DANSE BACHANALE

0 remember the added oboe cadenza at the beginning of the piece

1 mm=120

play the arrangers suggestion concerning numbers on a part, etc…

bring out the grace notes throughout

3 solo flute, picc and clar

upper ww – please take time to work up 11-35 & 84-100. Work them slowly to tempo. IF you can’t play these parts, please edit the part and adapt, when in doubt leave it out!

19 castanet solo – very important

92 not too short on bsn, tenor, bari, trombone, euph and tuba part

110 mm=160! Hang on, DON’T RUSH!

152 push to the end

155 add huge crescendo

last measure and a half are out

I’ll ask you all to stand after this one

 

STARS & STRIPES

Scholarly edition – play as indicated - exaggerate

5 melody don’t rush, bass line don’t drag (edit part?)

22 fl & cl bring out lower note of 8va leaps

91 dotted quarter’s heavier than 8ths

 

2nd time thru last repeat (last dogfight and trio):

78 trumpets and bones stand and go quickly to places stage front (stop playing until 95) make room for them, they have only 20”

91 HORNS UP! – match angles

91 no ritard

94 bass drum big pick up to 95

95 brass out front play only forte

109 trumpets hi C only 1 player and only if sure

at end - brass turn and go back immediately

 

STAR SPANGLED BANNER

The Star Spangled Banner became our National anthem 100 years ago this year. And it was this Sousa/Damrosch edition that was the official arrangement. Play it exactly as is. Stirring.

Rehearsal Notes from 1/7 and for 2/7

We are in the countdown to the final rehearsals for the big Sousa concert 3/7. This is the plan for this Tuesday. Please make every effort to be there and be early if at all possible to warm up and tune as we will start Dies right at 7:00. It's a big goal - no more than 10 minutes per piece:

Dies

Carnival

Carmen

Light Cavalry - beg

Samson - beg

Marionette

MN March

Foshay

El Capitan

Thunderer

St & st

St Sp B

I gave out a lot of notes at the last rehearsal. If you were gone please peruse these. If you were there please review these as I added some notes:

 LIGHT CAVALRY

Our opener! Have fun with serious music, dramatic, animated - ala Bugs Bunny!

Exaggerate dynamic contrasts

5 + 11 if you have a rhythm, change to a whole note

Keep the ‘fanfare’ rhythm notes close, space and wait

19 a bit softer

21 add ritard

22 big timpani roll an Ab

A flat city! Tempo around 138

Cut from B to D

F suddenly slower with straight 8ths from BD and CC

9 after f back to faster tempo

Accel to end

Ritard last 3 measures

 

EL CAPITAN

Form is Intro and 4 sections (repeated sections) - 2 are in 6/8, 2 are in 2/4

Label your music with these 4 sections to follow this cue:

1 brass, pace self, alternate?

1 dynamics!

2 dynamics

3 (2/4) soft!, wait for louds later, add bd & cc accents

3 trumpets out 1st half, clarinets stay in staff

4 1st time – no trumpets, trombones, picc, Efer, perc except sd on rim

4 2nd x as written, start big on pickups found in 1st ending, bells up

  

CARNIVAL OF VENICE

Remember, you are accompanying

1 mm=80

12 tenuto

2 b4 A no fermatas

1 b4 A add fermata on ct 2

Theme mm=88

Var I mm=68

B mm=78

Var III just play downbeats (1 and 2) for the next 8 measures, no upbeats)

C mm=66

1 b4 D add fermata on ct 2

cut from D to E

cut 2nd measure from end totally out

  

SEMPRE

Scholarly edition – play as indicated - exaggerate

1 together, wait, explode (throughout piece, e.g 9)

9 tenor and eup must be heard

9 light hearted, fun

10 trumpet 1&2, clar 1 & Efer precise, end together at 11

24 first ending is out – no repeat

26 trumpet 3&4 must be heard, but not louder than 1&2

26 clarinet 1 play lower notes, always

37surprise chord!

41 1st ending is out, no repeat

43 stick clicks high handed, add field drum

50 trumpets watch pitch on low D on pick up

51 clarinets out until 67

51 trombone 1&2 out till 82

51 field drum out till 83

51 keep bass line light

56 trumpets together, not early

58&59 low brass and ww add hairpins

67 increase weight and volume to tier 2

67 add piccs

83 add weight and volume to tier 3

99 all precision – each note clearly attacked and released

99 trumpet 1&2 play out soli

99 trumpet 3&4 2nd time only, then play out

99 play tied notes fully, don’t arrive early

last repeat is good

 

ROOSTERS

Play ink with these changes (other pencil is out)

4 sing loud and clear, be animated, move, give fun to audience

5 picc, flute, clarinet – don’t play, sing!

5 b cl, bsn, horns, tuba 1/part

5 percussion light, and sing!

5 sing ‘roosters’ – loud with clear words

10 shout ‘ as big as beer kegs’

13 and on stand on solos as indicated, spring up! Move – find the right person to fill this role!

41 duck call

42 sing and hold ‘OHHHHHH!!!”, then DS back to 5 and sing “mosquitos lay eggs in Minnesota”

after 12 2nd time jump to ‘coda’

43 no ritard

46 add fermata and trombone 1 gliss

47 trumpet mpce stand thing

47 & 48 clarinets out (but do play the last note of 48)

 

THUNDERER

Mm=126

Listen to good quality recordings of these great marches

1sttime thru trio – play it soft, trumpets and trombones out, clarinets stay in the staff, sd pay on rim (no other percussion)

2nd time thru the trio – play it even softer! piccolo, efer, trumpet, trombones and percussion are all out

TROMBONES PLAY BOTH ENDINGS suddenly loud with the low brass and ww!

18 from the end (the last ‘trio’, you might have a 6 marked here, it’s in the middle of the last repeated section where the music is marked FFF) 1st time thru here play it soft with brass one on a part. Pley the first ending loud as well as the entire 2nd time as written.

Play the ‘stingers’ on all these marches accented and full length, never clipped. 

 

DIES IRAE

Mad Max – Papa Murphy commercial

With fire! Very dramatic

3 crisp, exaggerate dotted 8th – 16th figure throughout, wait for the 16th (don’t rush it)

WW work your chromatic runs throughout

59 no timpani, replace with a soft bass drum roll

80 bells up, not too fast

95 trumpet timing – don’t go early

 

STARS & STRIPES

Scholarly edition – play as indicated - exaggerate

5 melody don’t rush, bass line don’t drag (edit part?)

22 fl & cl bring out lower note of 8va leaps

91 dotted quarter’s heavier than 8ths 

2nd time thru last repeat (last dogfight and trio):

78 trumpets and bones stand and go quickly to places stage front (stop playing until 95) make room for them, they have only 20”

91 HORNS UP! – match angles

91 no ritard

94 bass drum big pick up to 95

95 brass out front play only forte

109 trumpets hi C only 1 player and only if sure

at end - brass turn and go back immediately

 

STAR SPANGLED BANNER

The Star Spangled Banner became our National anthem 100 years ago this year. And it was this Sousa/Damrosch edition that was the official arrangement. Play it exactly as is. Stirring.

where we're at

Sounds like you had a terrific rehearsal last week. My thanks to Mitch as Lori and I spent a week in Arizona visiting my mom and brother. Also thanks to Megan for the beautiful posters. Use them liberally to insure a full house for our very special Sousa Concert. The momentum is building. I know I have invited far more people than ever to this concert and the interest has been high.

We only have 3 actual rehearsals left. This Tuesday (Jan 31), Feb 7 and Feb 14. Obviously these are critical with so much music to prepare. Be sure to write down the changes we make during rehearsals as some things may not be rehearsed again before the concert. Then on Feb 21 we will run straight thru the entire program in order only stopping for major issues. This will be a good test of endurance for us. Feb 28 is our Dress Rehearsal, again playing straight thru the program, but with no stops and using remaining time for last minute requests. On concert night, March 7, the call will be at 6:30 but we will not be rehearsing anything before the concert - only setting up, warming up, tuning and talking thru last minute details.

Any time you can spend practicing and listening to quality recordings will pay off for a memorable concert experience. Do not practice the Battle Hymn as it's been cut from the program. Listed below is the concert order. We will be moving quickly from piece to piece at the concert. 30"-40" before major pieces. 15"-20" before encores.

You will find the order for Tuesday's rehearsal at the bottom of this note. Looking forward to seeing you then. As always, let me know if you have any comments or questions.

Tedd

CONCERT ORDER

1 Overture Light Cavalry

            encore El Capitan

2 trumpet solo

            encore: Sempre Fidelis

3 Carmen

     encore: roosters lay eggs

4 Nearer my God

            The Thunderer

5 New World mvt 4

10 minute intermission

6 Dies Irae

            encore Foshay Tower

7  Funeral March of a Marionette

            encore Wash Post

8 solo Thoughts of Love/Barnacle Bill

            encore MN March

9 Saint Saens – Samson and Delilah

            encores st & st f; St Sp B

 

LINE UP FOR TUESDAY'S REHEARSAL

Stars & Stripes

New world from Oboe solo 5 to end

Carmen

-break-

Light Cavalry

Samson - end

Solos

Sempre

Roosters

-if time-

Foshay

El Capitan

St Sp B

Countdown

We are down to 5 rehearsals and counting for the big Sousa concert on March 7. Thank you for your good work last Tuesday and your continued preparation for what will be a special night. Kudos to Kari and Chris on your solo work. Keep getting the word out to your family, friends et al.

As President Mary mentioned last Tuesday, the only way to guarantee you will be able to see your music at Jefferson is to provide your own stand lights. We are now down to one bare bulb! I appreciate your understanding on this challenging matter. It's impressive what you've been able to do with limited lighting.

 Mitch is taking this week's rehearsal as Lori and I take our winter retreat. 

I have decided to go ahead with the Carmen Suite, below is the official concert order - as of now. Let me know if you have any questions, comments or ideas on how to make this concert even better. In particular we are looking for patriotic decorations to use (bunting!)

1 Overture Light Cavalry

            encore El Capitan

2 trumpet solo: Carnival Kari

            encore: Sempre Fidelis

3 Carmen

roosters lay eggs

4 Nearer my God

            The Thunderer

5 New World mvt 4

intermission

6 Dies Irae

            encore Foshay Tower

7  Funeral March of a Marionette

            encore Wash Post

8 trombone solo Morceau Chris

            encore MN March

9 Saint Saens – Samson and Delilah

            encores battle hymn; st & st f; St Sp B

 

Sempre Fi

We’re getting a good idea of the challenges of the upcoming Sousa Concert. I’m very excited for this special event. At the bottom of this page is the concert order.

 

As mentioned at rehearsal, what we need from each player:

-attendance at each rehearsal. (on time as possible!) Bring your stand lights. All help tear down.

-practice as time allows

-listen to quality recordings of this great music

-advertise – we exceeded turnout expectations at the last concert. Let’s keep it up.

 

For those ready for a bit more:

-join our set up crew before rehearsals and performances

-recruit – still looking tubas, may also need more help in percussion, clarinet and low woodwinds

-promote – a focused effort to sell out the Sousa Concert

-decorations – bunting! Also need someone to print the encore titles in an old fashioned font that will be attached to poster board and set on an easel.

 

Not sure of the exact line up for Tuesday, but here are the goals:

 

The Thunderer

Carnival of Venice

Danse Bachanale 76 to end

Dies Irae 60 to end

New World chunks

St Sp Banner pass out and read

Carmen pass out and read

Morceau Symphonique

MN March or Marionette

Battle Hymn (play all vocal cues) 10 to the end

Light Calvary

St & St F

 

IF TIME

Roosters

Foshay

 

 REHEARSALS

1/17 3

1/24 4

1/31 5

2/7 6

2/14 7

2/21 8

2/28 9 dress

3/7 1 SOUSA CONCERT

 

 

1 Overture Light Cavalry

            encore El Capitan

2 Carnival of Venice

            encore: Sempre Fidelis

3 Carmen

roosters lay eggs

4 Nearer my God

            The Thunderer

5 New World mvt 4

 

intermission

 

6 Dies Irae

            encore Foshay Tower

7Funeral March of a Marionette

            encore Wash Post

8 Morceau Symphonique

            encore MN March

9 Saint Saens – Samson and Delilah

            encores battle hymn; st & st f; St Sp B

 

 

Sousa Style

Thanks for your good work again last Tuesday. We have a great start on a very special Sousa style concert. I appreciate your patience with the Jefferson lighting challenges, currently with 3 working bulbs. The only way to guarantee you will see your music on Tuesdays is to bring your own stand light as you never know when another will burn out! Thank you for your understanding.

 

Below is the ‘working’ order of music for the Sousa concert, an ambitious 19 pieces. You are encouraged to start spreading the word now. If there was ever a concert we can draw a full house, this is it. Tuesday, March 7!

 

1 Overture Light Cavalry

            encore El Capitan

2 Carnival of Venice

            encore: Sempre Fidelis

3 Carmen

roosters lay eggs

4 Nearer my God

            The Thunderer

5 New World mvt 4

 

intermission

 

6 Dies Irae

            encore Foshay Tower

7Funeral March of a Marionette

            encore Wash Post

8 Morceau Symphonique

            encore MN March

9 Saint Saens – Samson and Delilah

            encores battle hymn; st & st f; St Sp B

 

Some CICB sections are currently in need of additional depth. We are lucky to have great musicians in our clarinet and tuba sections, but we need to add more players. Please help get the word out and let anyone you know to visit our membership page on this site. There are needs in other sections but these are the most pressing.

 

Keep listening/watching quality recordings of our music and practicing as time allows. I look forward to seeing you all this Tuesday – here is the plan, as always, subject to change. A lot of this will be passed out this Tuesday:

Light Calvary

New World

Roosters

-break-

Carmen

Foshay Tower

El Capitan

Battle Hymn

Dies Irae

Samson & Delilah

 

marching on to Sousa

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday break. I am looking forward to seeing everyone this coming Tuesday night, Jan 3, as we start preparations for the Sousa style concert on March 7. We have much to do this Tuesday with the exchange of music and sight reading a ton of new stuff. In preparations, you may want to check out videos of the New Sousa Band led by Sousa historian Keith Brion. A good one to start with is: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VswA4D4A9GE

You may also want to take a listen to professional recordings of some of the music we will be doing including:

Light Cavalry Overture

Pineapple Poll

Dies Irae

Danse Bachanale

New World Symphony mvt 4

Let me know if you have any questions or comments,

Tedd

Christmas Kudos

Congratulations to all on terrific concert last night. It was rewarding to perform for such a large and appreciative audience. One of our biggest ever. Kudos go out to:

-trombones for being mvp's of the concert, in particular the quartet's performance of Hippo!

-Everyone for your creativity on the Prism and for your holiday attire.

-Ann (piano), Kim and Riley, our guest performers that put a special touch on the concert.

I'm sure there are things we'd like a 'do over' on (Patapan!?), but there were some wonderful moments (lots of great comments on Hallelujah). Overall great tone, good dynamics, intonation is improving, a very musical and satisfying ensemble performance.

Thank you for all you did in making this concert a great success. I'm looking forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday, Jan 2 as we begin preparations on an epic Sousa Style Concert.

All the best to you and yours this holiday season.

Tedd

Christmas time is Concert time

Here are some final thoughts on our holiday concert this coming Tuesday. 

Who - Every Who down in Whoville

Waat - never being sure of our lighting coverage, it's always a good idea to bring a stand light

When - come early enough to walk from your street parking space, leave the Jefferson lot for the audience.

Wear - concert black with holiday flair, a CICB tradition

Why - bringing holiday cheer to family and friends (goal: at least 5 audience members each)

6:00 stage set up, individual and section warm up and tune

6:30 call time, we will be running Children's March with our piano player and Jingle Bells with our narrators. 

6:45 tuning and last minute announcements

6:50 places

7:00 downbeat:

Christmas Prism

(welcome)

Children’s March

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

(trombone quartet - Hippo)

Holiday on Ice

Greensleeves

Charlie Brown

(Double reed funness - will just be playing Trepak)

(intro and ‘letter to the editor’)

Jingle Bells

(yes Virginia)

A Childhood Hymn

(thank)

Patapan

Hallelujah - encore

Tear down and Afterglow!

Let me know if you have any questions.

Tedd

concert order, take two

Some changes in the concert order:

Christmas Prism

Children’s March

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Trombone quartet feature: I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

Holiday on Ice

Greensleeves

Charlie Brown

Double reed feature: Selections from The Nutcracker Suite

"Dear Editor" intro (be ready to start Jingle Bells!)

Jingle Bells

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus read by Kim Ode

A Childhood Hymn

Patapan

'dress' rehearsal

Really a great rehearsal last night everyone. Balance and pitch made great strides. I appreciate your work and preparation for what will surely be a terrific concert. Keep practicing, listening and getting the word out about the concert.

This Tuesday is our 'dress' rehearsal. We will start with a quick warm up, tune and playing through some chunks of music. After some announcements we will do a full run of the program. Remaining time will be spent on musical chunk requests and questions.

Here is concert order. We will be moving quickly from one tune to another. I only plan on addressing the audience after Children's March and Childhood Hymn. Let me know if you have any questions.

Christmas Prism

Children’s March

Charlie Brown

Double reed feature: Selections from The Nutcracker Suite

Holiday on Ice

Greensleeves

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Trombone quartet feature: All I Want for Christmas is a Hippopotamus

"Dear Editor" intro (be ready to start Jingle Bells!)

Jingle Bells

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus read by Kim Ode

A Childhood Hymn

Patapan

ossible encore tba?

'Stay Tuned'

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. 

We have one rehearsal plus one dress rehearsal left before our holiday concert, "A Childhood Christmas." There is much to be done. You know what time it is: Time to practice, to listen to quality recordings of our pieces and tell your friends and family about your concert on Tuesday, Dec 13 at 7:00. What a great way to get in the holiday spirit.

Please continue to make every effort to be on time for rehearsal this Tuesday. As a common courtesy to all, please do not bring your cell phones to rehearsal unless there are exclusively set to a tuning mode. Thanks for your help with this. Here's the lineup for Tuesday:

7:00 Patapan

7:20 Jingle Bells

7:40 Childrens March

8:00 Break - we will extend the break to give sections time for last minute work on Prism

8:15 Prism - be in your places and ready to impress your fellow band mates

8:30 Childhood Hymn

8:40 Grinch

8:50 Holiday on Ice

notes

CICB,

Terrific rehearsal last week everyone. Good work and a lot of fun. I was really impressed how the sections took on the Prism challenge. Great to watch, very creative. We will not be having organized sectional times to work on your features - your section may want to gather before/after rehearsal or meet during the break.

Our Childhood Christmas Concert is quickly approaching - Tuesday Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm. Two 'regular' rehearsals remain with Dec 6 reserved for a 'dress' rehearsal/play through. We're all busy with Thanksgiving coming up, I appreciate your time, attendance and contribution at this Tuesday's practice. We will continue to begin right at 7:00. 

Kim Ode will be doing a reading of "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus". We are looking for an 8 year old girl (around 8 anyway) to play the part of Virginia by reading the original letter to the editor to set up Kim's reading. (it's only a couple lines long) Perhaps you have a relative that would be good for this role. If so, please let me know.

Get the word out about the concert. Our goal is to have each cicb member bring in at least 5 audience members each. 

The CICB always has fun sporting Holiday Flare with their concert black at this performance. If you have additional ways to make this concert even more unique, please let me know. I love hearing your ideas.

Below is the line up for this Tuesday night with notes:

7:00 PATAPAN We will rehearse the ending first (115 to end) before taking it from the top. Tempo markings are: meas 1=mm 80; meas 43=mm 100; meas 49=mm 112; meas 115=mm 132; meas 145=mm 140. 

7:15 CHILDREN'S MARCH We've been unable to find a piano player so all piano cues are in. Practice this piece at mm=126. Woodwinds please look at 261

7:30 JINGLE BELLS practice at mm=150, meas 72 = mm 160! Woodwinds please work on runs. As always adapt/edit as needed.

7:40 GREENSLEEVES

8:05 BREAK

8:15 PRISM Order is trumpets (balcony), horns (pit stage left?), flutes, clarinets (stage right), dbl reeds/saxes, low brass, percussion (all enter stage during this), tutti

8:30 With whatever time is left we will run the lighter tunes: Grinch, Childhood Hymn, Charlie Brown, Holiday on Ice