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Message from Doug

playlist for Dec 11

Hi folks

Reminder: Dec. 18 is half rehearsal, half pot luck party. No peanut products, please.

If you asked for, but haven’t received an invitation to the our shared Dropbox folder, please email me again.

Here’s the playlist for our Dec. 11 rehearsal:

Rolling Stones
Led Z
More Cowbell
Bob Seger
Deep Purple
21st Century

Regards.
Doug

playlist for Dec 4

Hi folks

Confirmed- no more concerts this month. We’ll have our regular rehearsals on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11.

On Dec. 18, we’ll play for a bit and then have our usual on-site party. Pot luck, please avoid bringing peanut products.

Here’s the playlist for Dec. 4

Deep Purple
Bohemian
21st
Beatles
Led Z.
Rolling Stones

Regards.
Doug

playlist for Nov 20

Hi folks

Thanks for your patience in keeping your calendars flexible. Our exec is working hard to land some extra Christmas gigs, but it’s been surprisingly difficult. For now, please keep Saturday Nov. 25 open, and the Mondays between now and December break will either be rehearsals or shows off-site somewhere.

Thanks to the brass choir folks for braving the elements on Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, and to Gord for yet another year of organizational excellence.

Last call- Jobert from KSO is looking for brass players. There hasn’t been sufficient interest from MCB ranks to tell him that we can supply a pre-organized group representing MCB. If you’re interested in helping out as an individual, please reply directly to him at: GM@KSOrchestra.ca

From Jobert:
On Sat., December 16 we are performing Shostakovich’s Festive Overture at the theatre (8 pm). The piece has ad libitum “Band” that consists of 4 horns, 3 trumpets and 3 trombones. They play at the end of the overture a choral-like part which is often omitted but it would sound very grand. We are exploring this opportunity to have a joint performance with one of the bands in York Region. Most naturally, we would like to collaborate with MCB as we share a lot of things in common. There would be 1 rehearsal on Dec 12, dress on Dec 15 and the concert. Please let me know within the next days if you and your musicians would be interested.

Meanwhile, back at MCB…

Concert: Sunday Nov. 26, 2 pm, Markham Theatre, all black, bring music stand lights. Sound check downbeat 12:45.

Here’s the playlist for our dress rehearsal on Nov. 20, and our Nov. 26 show.

O Canada (Breen)
Joy
Man With
Hallelujah
Hark the Herald (#2 little book)
Norman
Jingle Bell Rock (p.9 little green book)
Christmas Festival

Russian
Christmas Canada
First Noel (#8 little book)
R&H
I’ll be Home (p.8 little green book)
My Grown Up
What a Wonderful World
Sleigh Ride

Regards.
Doug

playlist for Nov 13

Hi folks

I just received an email from KSO. They are looking for some brass help with one of my favourite pieces- Shostokovich’s Festive Overture. Here’s Jobert:

On Sat., December 16 we are performing Shostakovich’s Festive Overture at the theatre (8 pm). The piece has ad libitum “Band” that consists of 4 horns, 3 trumpets and 3 trombones. They play at the end of the overture a choral-like part which is often omitted but it would sound very grand. We are exploring this opportunity to have a joint performance with one of the bands in York Region. Most naturally, we would like to collaborate with MCB as we share a lot of things in common. There would be 1 rehearsal on Dec 12, dress on Dec 15 and the concert. Please let me know within the next days if you and your musicians would be interested.

If the project interests you, please email me directly and I’ll let Jobert know if we can field the players he needs.

Solveig will be joining us on Nov. 13 to run her vocal numbers. John Webster, that would be a good time to have Santa planning.

I’ll be posting the rehearsal recording in the next hour. I haven’t listening to it yet, but it’s always an informative experience.

For the Nov. 13 playlist, anything is fair game. Subject to change after I listen to the rehearsal recording, here’s the focus:

O Canada (Breen)
Joy
Man With
My Grown Up
Hallelujah (opening and ending)
Norman (esp. I at 41 and III ending)
Russian (ending)

Regards.
Doug

playlist for Nov 6 and Nov 26

Hi folks

Two working rehearsals left before our Nov. 26 show! We’ll run the show on Nov. 6, use Nov. 13 for tidying, and then run the show again on Nov. 20. Here’s the show playlist:

Joy
Man With the Bag
Hallelujah
Norman
Christmas Festival

Russian Christmas
Christmas Canada
Tribute to R&H
My Grown Up
What a Wonderful World
Encore- Sleigh Ride

I’ll add a few little book sing-alongs, and there will be a visit from Santa after My Grown Up Christmas List.

We’re still hunting down bookings, but I’d expect to have a Saturday Nov. 25 afternoon show somewhere, and a few Monday evening shows in December. Please stay tuned.

Regards.
Doug

playlist for Oct. 30

Hi folks

Reminder: Gord is organizing brass choirs for gigs on Nov. 24 and Dec.1. If you can help, please contact him.

Here’s the playlist for our Oct. 30 rehearsal:

Tribute to R&H
Joy in All (Let’s try for mm = 142)
Green book- a read-through of everything except pages 1, 2, 7, 14, and 15
Christmas Festival
Russian Christmas 219 – end
Norman III
What a Wonderful

Regards.
Doug

playlist for Oct. 23

Many thanks to Gord for organizing two FreezeFests (Nov. 24 and December 1). He’ll bring a signup sheet to the next rehearsal.

I forgot to mention last rehearsal- some of you have a folder that includes “Man with the Bag”. It’s a chart written for jazz band requested by Solveig, our guest vocalist. I apparently left the score in the parts folder, but it’s basically trumpets, saxes, tbones, and rhythm section. We’ll run the piece just before break on Monday and see how it works. One on a part, I’d think, although I could be persuaded otherwise.

I’d like to focus on the three toughies on Monday:

Norman
Joy
Man with the Bag
Christmas Canada
Russian
Hallelujah

Regards.
Doug

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