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Maps for our shows

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Flato Markham Theatre

Amica of Unionville (formerly the Marleigh)

Unionville Millennium Bandstand

Markham Fair

Markham Museum

Markham Village Festival (Main St Markham and Robinson)

Orillia Aqua Theatre

RAIN LOCATION for Orillia

Details in the event of rain for Orillia

Doors to the Opera House will only be open at 5:30pm for load in. Band members can enter via the elevator entrance or front door. The elevator entrance is through the double doors – with windows – toward the back of the Opera House, directly across from the Library entrance in the parking lot.

From the elevator, the stage is on the 3rd floor. From the front entrance or ground floor, the stage is on the 1st floor (meaning up the stairs and through the double doors).

Unionville Millennium Bandstand

Message from Doug

August 21 playlist

Hi folks

Excellent show at Orillia yesterday. Thanks to all who made the trek north. Special thanks to Cathy for organizing the picnic, and to Wally for trailer wrangling. Record-setting trailer loading time after the show!

Thanks to Liisa for her great vocals, and to David for filling in on trombone.

Remember- regular rehearsals resume August 21, but we lose a couple of Mondays before our season opening theatre show on October 15.

Rehearsals:
Aug 21, 28
Sept 11, 18, 25
Oct 2

And finally, here’s the playlist for our next rehearsal- that’s August 21!

All Through the Night
Canada 150
O Canada (Breen)
Olympiada
Red Rose Fantasy
Three Folk Miniatures
Simpsons
Aladdin

Regards.
Doug

August 2 update, including schedule changes

Hi folks

For those of you who attended Monday’s rehearsal- thanks for your patience and participation. It was an unfortunate combination of circumstances, but at least we were able to cover Liisa’s charts and help her prepare for our Orillia gig.

It was disappointing, though to see the half-strength band. Please make every effort to let your section leader and me know ahead of time if you’re not going to be there. I can’t make contingency plans if I don’t have the correct information. Please take time to peruse the show and rehearsal schedule below. Believe it or not, we have only six rehearsals before our October Markham Theatre show!

Important schedule update: given the long trip home on Sunday August 13, the executive made a quick decision to cancel the August 14 rehearsal. Here’s the revised schedule:

Shows:
Aug. 13, 6:30 pm, Orillia Aqua Theatre
Sept. 17: Terry Fox (Markham) Run- details, including the number of players we’ll need, to follow
Sept. 23 & 24: As explained on Monday, AppleFest has rescinded their invitation to perform. We’re examining alternatives, so please keep the dates pencilled in.
Sept. 30, 5 pm, Markham Fair
Oct. 15, 2 pm: Markham Theatre

Rehearsals:
Aug 21, 28
Sept 11, 18, 25
Oct 2

Details for Orillia Aqua Theatre, August 13:
4:00 pm potluck picnic beside the Aquatheatre, sandwiches provided by MCB
6:30 downbeat- bring a stand, sunglasses, bug repellant, green top, khaki bottom
Please remember to contact Gerry Arbus asap if you’re attending his afternoon soiree (open to MCB members he knows, and their partners).

Please see www.mcband.ca/members/ scroll up for maps to the Aqua Theatre and the bad weather site.

(If the event organizers decide to move our show, doors to the Opera House will only be open at 5:30pm for load in. Band members can enter via the elevator entrance or front door. The elevator entrance is through the double doors – with windows – toward the back of the Opera House, directly across from the Library entrance in the parking lot. From the elevator, the stage is on the 3rd floor. From the front entrance or ground floor, the stage is on the 1st floor (meaning up the stairs and through the double doors).)

Here’s the playlist for August 13:

O Canada
Best Broadway
Wishing You
Great Themes
Stardust
New Orleans
West Side Story
Miss Saigon
I Dreamed
Rise and Shine

Oh Henry
Great Race
Popular
Mickey Mouse
Rocky and B
Waltzing Matilda
Embraceable
Disney
Farewell (encore)

And finally, here’s the playlist for our next rehearsal- that’s August 21!

All Through the Night
Canada 150
O Canada (Breen)
Olympiada
Red Rose Fantasy
Three Folk Miniatures
Simpsons
Aladdin

Regards.
Doug

playlists for July 30, July 31, and August 13

Hi folks

Thanks for coming so well prepared last night. The tuning and ensemble accuracy were good, which was amazing considering the long break.

Sunday, July 30: 6:30 call for 7:00 pm downbeat, Unionville Millennium Bandstand, with Michelle Kettrick
-bring a stand, plus sun and mosquito protection as needed

O Canada
Best Broadway
Wishing You
Great Themes
Stardust
New Orleans
West Side Story
Miss Saigon
I Dreamed
Rise and Shine

Oh Henry
Great Race
Popular
Mickey Mouse
Rocky and B
Farewell
Waltzing Matilda
Embraceable
Disney

Monday, July 31 rehearsal:
Liisa Kallasma-Davis has agreed to come up to Orillia with us, so assuming that all goes well at this rehearsal, we can use the same playlist as the July 30 show. At the rehearsal, we’ll run Liisa’s pieces, and then pick away at our October show rep.

Wishing You
Stardust
I Dreamed
Popular
Embraceable
Canada 150
Red Rose
Olympiada
American Heritage
Hands Across the Sea
Aladdin

next rehearsal July 24

Hi folks

I’ve had a few people ask, so just to confirm- our next rehearsal is Monday, July 24.

Also- please pencil Sept. 17 on your calendar. Last year, a small group of MCB members represented the band at the Markham branch of the Terry Fox Run, performing O Canada. We’ve been invited back this year to kick off the run with O Canada, and have been asked to play music at the finish line.

We’ve all been touched by cancer, and I’m very happy to support the event. There are some logistic problems with using a full band, and repertoire problems using a small group. At the next rehearsal, please be prepared to let us know whether you’re interested and available, and we’ll sort out the details.

Regards.
Doug

playlist and summer schedule

Hi folks

We have confirmation of our gig at Markham Fair. Yay- man the picnic table! Our revised summer schedule is:

Rehearsals:
June 19
July 24, 31
Aug 14, 21, 28
(2017-2018 season rehearsals begin Sept. 11)

Shows:
June 17, 1 pm, Markham Main St. at Robinson
July 30, 7 pm, Unionville Millennium Bandstand (Concert Sunday, finale)
Aug 13, 6:30 pm, Orillia Aquatheatre
Sept. 30, 5 pm, Markham Fair

Still awaiting confirmation from AppleFest (Sept. 23 & 24?)

For our gig on Saturday, June 17, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm:

Dress: green top, khaki bottoms, dress for comfort (hats, sun glasses, shorts etc are fine)
Bring a music stand
Park at the community centre on the south-east corner of Highway 7 and Main St. Markham, walk north on Main St. to Robinson
Please be on site by 12:30.

The playlist will be drawn from:

Best Broadway
Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
Great Themes
Star Dust
West Side Story
Miss Saigon
I Dreamed
Rise and Shine
Popular
Mickey Mouse (probably with a guest kid conductor and percussionists)
Rocky and Bullwinkle
Farewell to NS
Embraceable You
Disney

The number of charts on the playlist is optimistic. We may start late, and the 2:30 stop time is firm, as the next group is on at 2:45.

Finally: note that Monday, June 19 is the last rehearsal before a well deserved break. We’ll cover:

American Heritage
Red Rose
Three Folk
Aladdin
Olympiada
Grecian Dance
O Canada (Breen)

Regards.
Doug

playlists

Hi folks

I don’t expect that the show on June 17 will be much more than an hour. We’ll use the same approach as last Saturday- a full show list, and drop off a few as circumstances require. Given the logistics of the seating, New Orleans is a scratch, and unless we need it for time, we’ll save Miss Saigon for a more focused venue. Also, it doesn’t make much sense to start with O Canada, given the transitory audience.

Best Broadway
Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
Great Themes
Star Dust
West Side Story
Miss Saigon
I Dreamed
Rise and Shine
Popular
Mickey Mouse (probably with a guest kid conductor and percussionists)
Rocky and Bullwinkle
Farewell to NS
Embraceable You
Disney

Show details:

1 pm, Saturday June 17. Green top, khaki bottoms, sun accoutrements as needed. Bring a music stand. The long term forecast suggests a high of 26 and partly cloudy.

Main St. Markham (Highway 48) and Robinson Ave, a few blocks north of Highway 7. Again, it’s a festival, and the street will be blocked off to north and southbound traffic. Most of us park at the community centre on the southeast corner of Main St. Markham and Highway 7, and walk up. Section leaders, please be sure to have organized some trailer help for Wally. He’ll be parking just west of the stage area. Percussion assembly specialists- this is a big day for you! We’ll need to assemble off-stage and move on stage asap.

For our June 12 rehearsal, we’ll tidy up a few spots for our show playlist, and then do some long term stuff.

New Orleans
Waltzing Matilda
Miss Saigon
Rise and Shine
Red Rose
Olympiada
March E
Oh Henry

Finally, for those long-term planners, here’s the first draft of the playlist for the Oct. 15 show in Markham Theatre. In no particular order…

O Canada (Breen)
Canada 150
Red Rose Fantasy
Olympiada
Farewell to Nova Scotia
Miss Saigon
Three Folk Miniatures
An American Heritage
Grecian dance of the Sea
Hands Across the Sea
Aladdin
Disney at the Movies
The Simpsons (not in our folder yet)

Regards.
Doug

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