THE BALLOTS FOR THE THREE YEAR POSITION ON OUR BOARD OF DIRECTOR HAVE BEEN COUNTED AND CROSS – REFERENCED. THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAVE RECIEVED THE UNANIMOUS SUPPORT OF OUR MEMBERSHIP IN FAVOR OF THEIR RECOMMENDATION OF ANDY ROSENBERG FOR THIS POSITION. HIS THREE YEAR TERM WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY. CONGRATULATIONS ANDY!
Here we are two days away from kicking off the 2021 New Horizons of Summit and Stark Counties Zoom and Live Schedule. I could not be more EXCITED !! Jaime and I have been busy over the Holidays working hard to learn how to best use new techniques and equipment. Our goal as always is to offer all of you our very best musical experiences. We plan to use the remainder of the month of January to experiment, share , and implement some of what we have discovered and learned .
I’m sure that you have noticed that our January Zoom and Live Schedule is similar to that which we followed in the Fall. We will announce and post our Winter Schedule and all new features at our ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING on January 25th. We will meet at 7:00 using Zoom and will pack lots of news and information into 40 minutes. You will Join us using Jim’s Personal Link # which is 820 030 2594 and passcode which is Fenmo.
Even though a vaccine will be available to us soon we are increasing our virtual menu by growing our performance capabilities. Those of you who have been enjoying our Live schedule notice that for the next three weeks there are fewer Live options offered. This is for three reasons. 1). My responsibilities here at home have increased. 2). I need to use more time during this three week period to complete the change over and performance options that we want to introduce starting in February. 3). We are working hard to develop a sustainable Budget that provides you with a program that is enjoyable and musical rewarding. Hang in there with us! I’m sure you will enjoy growing with Jaime and I into a long term future of musical fulfillment.
My closing remarks are as always ones of respect and admiration. Your response and generosity throughout 2020 has been OVERWELMING. Your support has been an inspiration. I believe that each of you do in fact understand that MUSIC is the language of the human soul. I feel that I am accomplishing my purpose. Thank you!!
Hello everyone! The first week of our August schedule introduced some changes and although we had a few bumps, I was very happy with our overall improvement. Remember that we are trying very hard to move forward and center on topics that will improve everyone’s MUSICIANSHIP. Jaime and I appreciate your trust and will continue to center in on topics that will help us all grow!
These are the titles that we will be working on this week. Please make sure you bring these to all Zoom and Live Rehearsals, Sectionals, and Supervised Practice Sessions this week.
All Three “Bach and Before” Chorales from the website “Star Tracks”
The Star Spangled Banner
“Raiders March” HL# 4005107
“Smoke on the Water” HL# 4002623
“Swan Lake, Op. 20” HL# 491291
Jaime and I are looking forward to a GREAT week!
Many of you have been communicating with me requesting additional Zoom contact. I have been working hard to accommodate everyone’s requests. The newest Zoom feature is called “Supervised Practice”. This feature is a form of private lessons but is focused on the preparation of the music that we are presently distributing. We will concentrate on the understanding of style, techniques, melodic and harmonic rhythm. Our staff must limit our teaching schedules to 30 hours a month so new Small Group sessions will be announced before June 29th.
OUR FIRST MAPS REHEARSAL IS A GO THIS THURSDAY AT 2:30!
Please review and follow our posted “Safety Rules” . You will be directed to a special parking area by Maps Volunteers. Please stay in your car until Jim signals you to approach the entrance. If you need assistance carrying your equipment we can provide a helping hand. Everyone must wear a mask. We will take your temperature and ask you three questions. If you have not received your “New Music” Connie will be the first stop at the “Library Table” however, please remember to bring chorales #2 and #5. Also please bring your copy of the “National Anthem”. You may us your cell phone to sign in and please remember to wear your NAME TAG! One of our Members will take you to your color coded seating area. Please do not open your cases or start warming up until instructed to do so. It will be in the low 80’s so please bring your own water bottle. I’m sure you will enjoy this first training session and playing together with your friends once again in an ensemble. If you have any questions please call or text Jim. 330.858.2045
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JUNE ZOOM CLASS SCHEDULE: NO WIND,PERCUSSION OR STRING CLASS FOR THE FIRST WEEK JUNE 1 – 5. We need some time off to up grade Zoom and relax! I might even get a hair cut!?! BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S ZOOM MEETING, 2:00, June 8th. Jim and Jamie’s class schedule will remain the same starting in the second week of June except for Jim’s Tuesday evening classes which will be 5:00 Baritones; 6:00 Bass Clarinets and Tuba; 7:00 Percussion. Other changes for Strings and Winds will be posted during the first week of June.
INTRODUCING “THE PLAY ALONG CORNER”. We will be adding a New Feature to our internet learning called the “PLAY ALONG CORNER”. We have been working on music tracks which will allow you to play written parts along with four part chorales. Your will receive parts for all four voices and will be able to select and learn to play any and all four of these parts as if you are a member of a quartet. We suggest that you start by counting out loud while clapping the bass line so that you learn how all three upper voices are constructed on the foundation of the bass line. More complete instructions will be distributed with other information on Monday evening June 1st and Thursday evening June 4th. (Please see below!).
PLAY ALONG MUSIC DISTRIBUTION: We are taking this opportunity to introduce you to a new friend and host for our New Horizons Program. The Board of Directors and Congregation of the “First Evangelical Church” located at 369 E. Woodsdale Ave. Akron, Ohio, have invited us to use their Church as HOME BASE! As you know returning to schools and university facilities is at this point unlikely. We are fortunate to have another friend in the community that is willing to host our activities. We are taking advantage of this opportunity by starting next week with “Baby Steps” back towards large group ensembles. We have organized two evenings, Monday June 1st and Thursday June 4th, from 5:30 until 7:00 during which you may drive into the church parking lot and be directed to a drive by music pick up stand. Simply follow the directions of the parking lot staff who will form you into a line that will pull up to a table. Connie Stinnett will hand you the Play Along Music and Instruction Sheet through your window. She will be wearing her mask and we ask you to do the same. If you would like a short tour of the building please pull into a parking space and Carrie Cunningham will be your escort through the facility. We again ask that you follow the correct best practice safe mask and hand washing protocols suggested by our State and Federal authorities. Please allow me to take a minute to thank Carrie, Connie , and Marilyn Katzmark for their help in making this introduction to our newest host possible.
You will also receive registration information for “Live Private Lessons” and “Small Group”interests. These opportunities will be provided based on interest of our membership at both the Church and at Jim Stahl’s Cavalier Studio. Coaching and teaching personnel will be assigned based on the interest response of the membership. We would like to add these opportunities to our schedules late summer and into the Fall. Please know that we will always do our best to improve our Zoom quality as we move forward towards our New Horizons “New Normal”. These in person live opportunities are not replacing our Zoom schedule put are expanding our offerings! Stay Safe! Jim
View a graphic flowchart of the seven steps to a super Sinatra.
Step 4). 132-138; TRANSITION INTO “Fly Me to the Moon”; Spring Tempo, quarter = 92
Flutes; Oboes; Bass Clarinets; Trumpets; Trombones; Baritones. Measure 138 – Tie eighth notes on first beat, and eighth notes on second beat creating two quarter notes on the first two beats of the measure. Honor the tied pick up note to one from the and of four in measure 137.
Clarinets – Connect the triplet figure with horns in measure 134 and 135 also accent beat two in each of those two measures. DO NOT play the first eighth note of beat three in 136. Change the half note on beat 3 of measure 137 to a quarter note and quarter rest on beat four.
Horns – Connect triplet figures with the clarinets in 134, 135, 136 by playing tied eighth notes with an accent and the half and whole notes softer.(like a sforzando).
Baritones and tuba – Emphasize eighth notes on 2 in 134 and 135. Emphasize beats 2 and 4 in 136. Only play the second eighth note of the fourth beat in measure 137.
Snare drum/ride cymbal – Add a rim knock on beat two of measure 134, 135, 136. Play the triplet fill on beat three on snare to cymbal crash on the and of four on ride cymbal. (Most important fill in tune).
Mark your music folks! I will be contacting you this week to set up small group sectionals on this tune on the internet. We have been experimenting the last couple of weeks and are very happy with the fun and success we have had with private lessons and small group meetings. We will be using the ZOOM platform. We ask that you download the free APP to your CELLPHONE. We have had far better connection and video/audio lick from phone to phone than computer to computer or phone to computer. Please watch for information on the “HOT NEWS” window or contact me directly @ 330.858.2045! I’m EXCITED!!!!!
March 18, 2020 Seven Steps to a Super Sinatra
Step 2). Measure 117-124 “THAT’S LIFE” Softer and Cooler than Step 1. This is a woodwind chorus blending flutes, oboe and clarinets playing the melody. Saxes join the brass in accompanying the woodwinds. Saxes pass triplet figure to trombones every other measure creating a continuous triplet rhythm pattern from 117 – 122. Everyone practice playing the skeletal rhythm of measures 123 and 124. Do this by only playing the pitches on beats 1,2,3,4 in measure 123 and 1,2 and 3 in measure 124. To create a crescendo from mp to f simply practice playing these seven beats as one phrase. When you can do that , add the rest of the notes around those solid pitches that are on the seven skeletal beats.
Step 3). Measures 125 – 131 “THAT’S LIFE” This third chorus is called “the take it home chorus” because it combines the full band making the final driving lyric statement of the tune to the audience. The trumpets change the rhythm of the “That’s Life”lick to match the same pick up lick as into measure 109. (Play the D quarter note on the fourth beat of 124 and the Bb as a quarter note squarely on one of 125. Sounds like “That’s Life” on four/one). Flutes, oboes, clarinets and saxes pick up the melody line from the trumpets on the second beat of measure 125, and pass it back to the trumpets on one of 126. Trumpets please diminuendo the half note in 126. Saxes play the fourth beat triplet figure forte and get off the tied eighth note on one of measure 127. Saxes please play the quarter notes on 2, 3 and 4 softer and get of the half note on the down beat of 128 on three. The trumpets and flutes have the melody with no grace notes please, releasing on one also in 128. Trumpets play the third beat without the tie to beat four. Replay the E as part of the triplet on four. Saxes do not play the grace notes in measure 130 on the fourth beat but please give it a slight accent. EVERYBODY IN THE BAND crescendo measure 131 and accent the eighth note on beat three. We will execute a GRAND PAUSE on the and of three. I will cue the trumpets who will play a triplet on beat four into an accented G whole note on beat one of measure 132. The new tempo is established by a RIDE BEAT starting on beat two and through measure 133. COOL MAN! Please mark your parts and practice, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!
LATEST NEW HORIZONS BOARD APPROVED SCHEDULE AND PERFORMANCE PLAN
Hello everyone! I have been in direct contact with the Ohio Public Health Department and have studied the statistical data which they are making available to the general public and to organizations such as ours. Our Board of Directors are all in agreement and in full support of compliance to all the required and suggested policies that the Local, State and Federal Governments have implemented and suggested. I’m sure that all of us agree that limiting contact at this juncture is a wise move understanding that our membership is in fact the number one target of everyone’s preventative action. Local, State and National instructions lists non-participation in large groups, right after continued exaggerated cleanliness, as EVERYONE’S smartest move! For this reason we will not be meeting for ensemble rehearsals until such a time that the “ALL CLEAR” notification is announced to the community. We will begin offering small group classes and sectional rehearsals held at Jim Stahl’s Cavalier Studio before returning to our school host sites. Our up-coming Concert performances will be rescheduled insuring that we have appropriate full ensemble rehearsal time in preparation. Posting these dates and times at this juncture would be complete guess work on my part. Please help by passing this information on to members that you may know that DO NOT USE THE INTERNET!! Carefully keep your instrument clean especially those of you who play wind instruments! Continue to stay in contact with Jaime and I and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!
Jim Adkins 330.858.2045 RSMB@neo.rr.com Please call text or e-mail me with comments or quetions!
INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING AKRON SYMPHONY TICKET FOR THE MAY 16TH CONCERT WILL BE ANNOUNCED NEXT WEEK! “ALL THAT JAZZ” WILL NOT PERFORM AT THE HOUSTON PUB THIS MONTH. BAND MEMBERS CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR #2 -#7 posting of S.S. to a S.S. each week! Jim
IN COOPERATION WITH BOTH REQUIRED AND SUGGESTED HEALTH GUIDE LINES POSTED BY THE STATE OF OHIO, WALSH UNIVERSITY , THE CUYAHOGA FALLS SCHOOL SYSTEM AND THE AKRON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, NEW HORIZONS OF SUMMIT AND STARK COUNTIES WILL MAKE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES IN ITS CLASS AND REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:
CLASSES AND REHEARSALS AT BOLICH MIDDLE SCHOOL, WILL MEET THIS EVENING (March 11th) AS SCHEDULED. PLEASE WATCH FOR POSTS ON THIS SITE WITH RESPECT TO NEXT WEEK.
THURSDAY EVENING REHEARSALS AND CLASSES AT WALSH UNIVERSITY TOMORROW EVENING (March 12th) HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. THE WALSH CAMPUS WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE NEAR FUTURE. PLEASE WATCH THIS SITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
THE AKRON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HAS CANCELLED THE LINK UP CONCERT ON MARCH 17TH. THE ORCHESTRA WILL FILM AND BROADCAST THE PERFORMANCE WITHOUT THE STUDENTS IN THE AUDIENCE THAT MORNING. WE HAVE BEEN INVITED TO BE PART OF THAT BROADCAST. IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THAT “MERRY BAND OF MODELERS” PLEASE WATCH FOR MORE INFO ON THAT OPPORTUNITY.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO OUR BEST TO KEEP YOU ALL UP TO THE MINUTE ON THE CHANGES THAT WILL OCCUR DURING THIS STRESSFUL PERIOD OF TIME. Jim
SEVEN STEPS TO A SUPER SINATRA
Simply MASTER one eight measure section per week. Each Monday I will add simplification, tips for counting and stylistic phrasing. MARK THEM IN YOUR PARTS! PRACTICE THEM!! Don’t try to eat the whole pie at once. Let’s enjoy it in seven really delicious and very cool pieces!
STEP 1). Measures 105 – 108 “THAT’S LIFE”
This is our April 27th intro to this medley. Listen to bass line; flute triplet rallentando in measure 107 AND THE TRIPLET DRUM FILL starting on beat 2 of measure108.
Measure 109 – 116
BASS AND TUBAS only play the eighth notes and quarter notes that are on the beat (no triplets).
TRUMPETS – play the D quarter note on four as a quarter not part of a triplet and play the Bb as the down beat of 109. Also practice playing only the quarter notes on beats 2,3,4 in 111; 2&3 in measure 112, and 1,2,3,4 in measure 113. (NO EIGHTHS for now).
SAXOPHONES – Practice playing only the pitches that are on the beat (no eighth notes unless they are the first third of a triplet) in measures 114 (beats 2,3 4) and 115 (1,3,4).
Everyone else listen for the triplet drum fill on beats 3 and 4 in measure 116 and mark in a diminuendo into beat four.