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Percussion equipment moving roster
The current version of the roster for moving percussion is available here.
Loaner Instrument Policy
The current version of MCB’s policy on its loaner instruments is available here.
Maps for our shows
Click ‘view larger map’ on a particular map to go to a full-sized one where you can also get directions to the concert.
Flato Markham Theatre
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
Chartwell Woodhaven Long Term Care, 380 Church Street
Message from Doug – Sep 20
Message from Sharon – Sep 16
Another reminder that membership fees are due by September 30th. Thank you to those who have already paid. Fees for band members are $100 ($25 for full-time students) which can be paid in cash, cheque made payable to Markham Concert Band, or **NEW FOR THIS YEAR** – electronic transfer. I will be collecting fees again at break during Monday night’s rehearsal. For those who are interested in the electronic transfer option, I will provide instruction again on Monday night.
For new members joining at this time of year, fees are not due until after their six week probationary period.
Also, please note that a donation receipt will be issued to members for any amounts paid in excess of the fees required. Thank-you in advance for your generosity!
Message from Doug – Sep 16
Saturday Sept. 29: Markham Fair, likely 5 – 6 pm
Sunday Oct. 14: Markham Theatre, 2 pm
Sunday Nov. 25: Markham Theatre, 2 pm
Sunday March 3, Markham Theatre, 2pm
Sunday May 5, Markham Theatre, 2 pm.
Big picture: this Robert W. Smith band composition is described by the composer as “a celebration of man’s conquest of the sky and heavens above”. Elements of the piece include a representation of the Wright Brother’s first manned flight- which lasted twelve seconds- and the lift-off of the first manned ship to the moon.
Here’s a time-stamped set of the various sections of this piece.
0:00 Solo horn. Perhaps p.o.v. on Earth’s moon, with Earth filling the sky
0:35 Hymn of Flight. Caveman sitting on a cliff edge, his feet dangling over the edge, watching birds of prey soar in the wind currents. Changes to our caveman standing with his arms extended, wondering if he could learn to fly.
1:44 Here’s the hustle and bustle of the 1969 Kennedy Space Centre, pre-launch. Various shots might include exterior panoramas of Apollo 11 on the launch pad, and long shots of vehicles and people rushing around.
3:26 Closeup on people in the Kennedy Space Centre- scientists with test tubes and bubbling beakers developing fuel, and rows of people at video screens.
4:40 Travelling back in time to the Wright Bros. workshop, 1903. Two men toiling quietly, constructing a device that will make the first powered flight. At the end of this section, the final hammer stroke is made, and they are ready to try their first flight.
7:30 Pushing the vehicle out to the testing grounds, faster and faster, excitement is building.
8:33 Airborne- for twelve seconds! Perhaps a bird looks in, shocked to see that its space is now shared by man.
8:57 A celebration of success- the two brothers, standing with their arms around each other’s shoulders, gazing into the heavens.
9:58 Back to 1969, just before launch. Lots of busy people.
11:01 The launch of Apollo 11. Perhaps captured a few meters off the ground, lots of smoke and fire.
11:32 Outer space- success!
12:05 Landing on the moon. Perhaps the “one small step” moment.
13:18 A final image to leave the audience smiling- perhaps our caveman from the beginning has glued bird feathers to himself and is madly flapping his wings.
So, if you’re not excited about performing Twelve Seconds to the Moon yet, consider playing the mp3 and read the timestamps to imagine what might be coming from Katarina.