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!
View important dates in planning calendar.
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!!!!!
Hello New Horizons! I hope this message finds you well. This is a test run for future communications. I will post more information regarding “what to practice”. Please stay tuned! Jaime
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
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.
WALSH UNIVERSITY BIRK CENTER FOR THE ARTS March 5th.
5:00 – String Orientation Class
6:00 – String Ensemble in Art Studio; Recorder/Strings Ensemble hall lobby
6:30 – Wind/Perc. Ensemble in Band Room
Bolich Middle School March 9th.
5:00 – String Orientation; Wind Lessons (Tuba & Baritone).
6:00 – String Ensemble in Band Room; Winds/Perc. Ensemble in Cafeteria
6:45 – Announcements and Refreshments in Cafeteria
7:00 – Return to Ensemble rehearsals
7:50 Reset rooms; Recorder/Strings Link up rehearsal (in Cafe).
MARCH 12TH Walsh University Birk Arts Center ( Same schedule as the 5th).
Bolich Middle School,Monday , February 24, 2020
5:00 – 6:00 STRING ORIENTATION in the Band Room
6:00 – 6:45 ENSEMBLE REHEARSALS; Band in Cafeteria, Strings in Band Room
6:45 – 7:00 REFRESHMENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS in Cafeteria (See Hot News).
7:00 – 7:45 Please return promptly to Ensemble Rehearsals.
7:50 – 8:15 STRINGS/RECORDERS Ensemble Rehearsal in Cafeteria
Bolich Middle School,Wednesday, February 26, 2020
5:00 – 6:00 String Orientation in the Band Room; Beginner Winds in Cafeteria
6:00 7:30 Novice Classes; Strings in Band Room; Winds in Cafeteria
Walsh University Birk Center for the Arts,Thursday , February 27, 2020
5:00 – 6:00 String Orientation in the Art Studio
6:00 – 7:30 String Ensemble in the Arts Studio
6:00 – 6:30 Recorder/String Rehearsal in Gym Hallway
6:30 – 8:00 Band Rehearsal in Band Room
ALL MEMBERS ARE PLANNING NOW TO ATTEND OUR FEBRUARY 17TH RECITAL AT THE AKRON SUMMIT COUNTY LIBRARY AUDITORIUM AT 6:30. BRING FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN SUPPORT OF THE EXCELLENT WORK THAT HAS BEEN TAKING PLACE IN PREPARATION FOR THIS MUSICAL EVENT BY MEMBERS OF ALL OUR ENSEMBLES. LAST WEEK’S SCHEDULE ON ALL THREE REHEARSAL NIGHTS WILL BE FOLLOWED THROUGH THE RECITAL ON THE 17TH. WE HAVE SCHEDULED THIS RECITAL ON A REHEARSAL NIGHT SO AS TO ELIMINATE ALL EXCUSES FOR NOT ATTENDING. THE NEXT TWO WEEKS ARE OPEN HOUSES AT BOTH REHEARSAL SITES! WE HAVE BEEN CONTACTED BY SOME GREAT PROSPECTS SO PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK OF PASSING ON OUR MUSICAL OPPORTUNITY TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY! LASTLY BAND MEMBERS PLEASE PLAN ON COMING EARLY NEXT MONDAY AND THURSDAY THE 10TH AND THE 13TH AS WE WILL BE PASSING OUT “HONG KONG” THE LAST SELECTION FOR OUR APRIL CONCERT. I’M EXCITED!!!!!!! Jim