Time to start blowing the dust out...

posted Sep 1, 2017, 9:57 PM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 11:42 PM ]

.... of the instruments, because the new season will be starting soon! 

Another year of great music and events is in the works, starting with our first rehearsals on September 20th. The very next week is "Bring a friend to Band" night - and our introductory social between sessions! 

Following quickly will be our Remembrance day performances - yes, that's two in one day: one in Fort Qu'appelle and another at Lakeview United Church. 

Our concert dates have also been set so you have plenty of time to block them off on your calendar: Sunday December 10th at 7pm for Christmas, and Sunday April 29th at 7pm for our Spring concert.

See you soon! 

Summer Update - warm enough for you yet?

posted Jul 6, 2017, 11:06 PM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated Jul 6, 2017, 11:06 PM ]

While you're enjoying the warmth, don't forget about the Hot Dog sale at Canadian Tire North on July 15 & 16 - there are still a few volunteer spots available on Saturday, July 15! 

Spring Concert = end of season...

posted May 2, 2017, 11:10 PM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated May 2, 2017, 11:10 PM ]

 .. and the start of the summer break. 

Thank you all for a lovely concert - wasn't it nice to have an audience that filled the room? A special thank you to the social committee for the snacks, as well...

Reminders: 
We use the proceeds from the Hot Dog sale during the summer and the 50/50 draws for extras like new music when all the other bills are paid. 

To have a successful Hot Dog sale, though, we need you to sign up for a shift - please check the weekly email for the schedule and let Sandra know ASAP which shift you will be able to work.

Save the Date: 
This is a summary only - details are on the calendar.
 When     What
 May 3, 7 pm AGM, Thom Collegiate
 July 15, 9 am - 5pm Hot Dog Sale - Canadian Tire North
 July 16, 9am - 5pm Hot Dog Sale - Canadian Tire North

Now that's out of the way ...

posted Apr 25, 2017, 11:18 PM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 11:18 PM ]

We should now be done with snow - especially since there's only one more Wednesday night rehearsal before our concert!! Of course, that also means collecting up folders and music - please hand in your folder if you won't be coming to the concert.   

As usual for the concert, please be there an hour early (6pm this time!) to help set up and tune.

Upcoming: 
Our AGM will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7 pm, in the Thom music room. It will be relatively short: likely only 30-45 minutes. 

Reminders: 
Proceeds from the Hot Dog sale during the summer and the 50/50 draws are can only be used for extras like new music when all the other bills are paid. Our fees are the major source of funds to keep the organization going. To have a successful Hot Dog sale, though, we need you to sign up for a shift - please check the weekly email for the schedule and let Sandra know ASAP which shift you will be able to work.

Save the Date: 
This is a summary only - details are on the calendar.
 When     What
 April 26 Last rehearsals
 April 30, 7 pm Concert: Spring Salute
 May 3, 7 pm AGM
 July 15, 9 am - 5pm Hot Dog Sale - Canadian Tire North
 July 16, 9am - 5pm Hot Dog Sale - Canadian Tire North

Just waiting for the mid-April storm...

posted Apr 11, 2017, 11:07 PM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 11:07 PM ]


The warm spring trend is continuing - and many of us are hoping that winter won't have one last fling at us. The grass in the parks and roadsides is greening up nicely, so early Spring's grey mantle is being slowly cast off. 
Thom is unavailable April 12th, so we will be rehearsing at Lakeview United Church, in the gym, at the regular times. However, Intermediate band will need to come a little early to set up, and Senior band will need to stay a little later to put everything away.   

Upcoming: 
Our AGM will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7 pm, in the Thom music room. It will be relatively short: likely only 30-45 minutes. 
 
Also for those who wish start early on Easter chocolate consumption, Bob will have some chocolate bunnies at the rehearsal April 12th. 

Reminders: 
For those who are taking part in the Just Bake It fundraiser, please get your orders in as soon as possible. 
 
Proceeds from the Hot Dog sale during the summer and the 50/50 draws are can only be used for extras like new music when all the other bills are paid. Our fees are the major source of funds to keep the organization going.

Save the Date: 
This is a summary only - details are on the calendar.
 When     What
 March 29 Steak night fundraiser - last night
 April 4, 7:30 pm U of R Wind Ensemble Concert
 April 5 April 50/50 draw - bring the loonies & twoonies! 
 April 12    Rehearsals at the regular time, at Lakeview United Church (gym!)
 April 19 No rehearsals (Easter break)
 April 30, 7 pm Spring Concert
 May 3, 7 pm AGM
 July 15 & 16, 
9 am - 5 pm
 Hot Dog Sale at Canadian Tire North

Has Spring really, truly sprung?

posted Mar 28, 2017, 11:10 PM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 11:10 PM ]

We won't know for another few weeks whether winter has loosened its icy grip, but we'll enjoy the sun and warmth when we can!  

Optimist Festival went well for Senior band, for the most part. We had a lovely clinic with  Jonathan Dagenaise, who gave us a fresh insight into the Second Suite in F.  Thank you to all who came out to play - and to those few scattered souls who were in the audience. 

Thank you also to those who have supported the Steak Night Fundraiser! 

Upcoming: 
Since Thom is unavailable April 12th, we will be rehearsing that day at Lakeview United Church, in the gym, at the regular times. However, Intermediate band will need to come a little early to set up, and Senior band will need to stay a little later to put everything away.   

The University of Regina Wind Ensemble has a concert pn Tuesday, April 4th, at 7:30pm. Guest soloist Dr Pauline Minevich will be premiering Dance Suite for Clarinet and Band. The Campbell Chamber Winds will also be performing. 

Our AGM will be held on a Wednesday evening in May to preserve our oh-so-few rehearsals left before our concert. It will only take 30-45 minutes; watch for the date! 

Reminders: 
For those who are taking part in the Just Bake It fundraiser, please get your orders in as soon as possible. 
 
Proceeds from the Hot Dog sale during the summer and the 50/50 draws are can only be used for extras like new music if all the other bills are paid first. Our fees are the major source of funds to keep the organization going.

Save the Date: 
This is a summary only - details are on the calendar.
 When     What
 March 29 Steak night fundraiser - last night
 April 4, 7:30 pm U of R Wind Ensemble Concert
 April 5 April 50/50 draw - bring the loonies & twoonies! 
 April 12    Rehearsals at the regular time, at Lakeview United Church (gym!)
 April 19 No rehearsals (Easter break)
 April 30, 7 pm Spring Concert
 July 15 & 16,
9 am - 5 pm
 Hot Dog Sale at Canadian Tire North

March Madness

posted Mar 22, 2017, 12:14 AM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated Mar 22, 2017, 12:17 AM ]

It's the weather that's madness here: yet another month of climate mood swings to challenge us. 

Reminders
March 22: For the Optimist Festival, please be at the Conexus Arts Center as close to 5pm as possible, in all BLACK, with your music and instrument! 
There is no Intermediate band March 22 (today).  
Today is the last chance to purchase steak night tickets as well - check out the poster!!

Upcoming: 
Our Steak Night fundraiser is all set to start Sunday, March 26th - see below for the poster. It will be at Mr. Mike's in Harbour Landing. We are encouraging as many as possible to attend on Sunday night so we can mingle, even though it continues Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Also, there will be a 50-50 draw on the Sunday night. 
 
There are no rehearsals during school breaks, so band is cancelled April 19th. While Thom is unavailable April 12th as well, the search is on for an alternate space for that date.   

Let everyone know about our spring concert date on your calendars - 7 pm, Sunday April 30th, at Lakeview United Church. 


Reminders: 
Second half fees are now due. 
Note that our fees are the major source of funds to keep the organization going. Proceeds from the Hot Dog sale during the summer and the 50/50 draws are can only be used for extras like new music if all the other bills are paid first. 

Save the Date: 
This is a summary only - details are on the calendar.
 When     What
 March 22 Senior band plays at the Optimist Festival 
 March 26-29 Steak night fundraiser - see attached poster
 April 12    Thom unavailable - another location may be found
 April 19 No rehearsals (Easter break)
 April 30, 7pm Spring Concert

Deep Freeze, Heat Wave, Normal - Take your pick!

posted Feb 28, 2017, 9:27 PM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 9:47 PM ]

We saw just about every kind of winter - and early spring - weather in February, so let's see what March will throw at us!   

It's our clinic with Brent Ghiglione this week, so hopefully everyone is all rested and practiced and ready to work Wednesday night.  
We will not be going to Moose Jaw March 12th - it just didn't work out this year for them. 

A special note from the Pep Band: they are having auditions this Sunday, March 5th - they are celebrating 25 years of Rider Pride this year!  See poster attached below. 
 
Upcoming: 
Senior band will be playing at the Optimist Festival on Wednesday March 22. There will be no Intermediate band that evening. So far, it appears that our performance time will be 5:50pm, so we would like to be there by 5pm - subject to change, of course, as their schedule is updated. When the update is available, it will be discussed at rehearsal.   

Our Steak Night fundraiser is all set to start Sunday, March 26th - see below for the poster. It will be at Mr. Mike's in Harbour Landing. Note that we are encouraged to attend on Sunday night so we can mingle with our bandmates, even though it continues Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Also, there will be a 50-50 draw on the Sunday night. 
 
There are no rehearsals during school breaks, so band is cancelled April 19th. While Thom is unavailable April 12th as well, the search is on for an alternate space for that date.   

Do put the spring concert date on your calendars - 7 pm, Sunday April 30th, at Lakeview United Church. 


Reminders: 
Second half fees are now due. 
Note that our fees are the major source of funds to keep the organization going. Proceeds from the Hot Dog sale during the summer and the 50/50 draws are can only be used for extras like new music if all the other bills are paid first. 

Save the Date: 
This is a summary only - details are on the calendar.
 When     What
 March 1 Clinics with Brent G during regular rehearsal times!
 March 8     March 50-50 draw
 March 22 Senior band plays at the Optimist Festival 
 March 26-29 Steak night fundraiser - see attached poster
 April 12    Thom unavailable - another location may be found
 April 19 No rehearsals (Easter break)
 April 30, 7pm Spring Concert

Hopefully winter will make up its mind..

posted Jan 24, 2017, 8:02 PM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated Jan 24, 2017, 8:02 PM ]

We've had our January thaw (and the deep freeze too, thank you!), so let's hope for weather appropriate for the time of year... 

As those of you who read the weekly email will know, there was a 50-50 draw last week - the winner will likely have a good use for the proceeds! Watch for the next draw in February - there might even be enough to take your sweetie out for a (small) Valentine's treat. 

Those who have been able to come to rehearsals have seen the new music that's been handed out; if you haven't made it yet, your section-mates probably have a copy for you.  Also, if you have suggestions for pieces representing the various regions of the country, please let Bob know! 
 
Upcoming: 
A Steak Night fundraiser is being organized - date and location to be announced. Contact the social committee if you'd like to help out. 
 
There are no rehearsals during school breaks, so band is cancelled February 22nd and April 19th. While Thom is unavailable April 12th as well, the search is on for an alternate space for that date.   

This year, Senior band will be playing at the Optimist Festival, so there will be no Intermediate band on March 22. While we don't have our performance time yet, we have put in a request for the latest possible time - stay tuned for updates! 

We have a tentative booking for March 12th - a rehearsal and concert with the Moose Jaw Adult band - updates to follow. 
And, our spring concert date has been set - 7 pm, Sunday April 30th, at Lakeview United Church. 

Reminders: 
Second half fees are now due. 
Note that our fees are the major source of funds to keep the organization going. Proceeds from the Hot Dog sale during the summer and the 50/50 draws are can only be used for extras like new music if all the other bills are paid first. 

Save the Date: 
This is a summary only - details are on the calendar.
 When     What
 ??  Steak night fundraiser
 February 22No rehearsals (school break)
 March 1 Clinics with Brent G during regular rehearsal times!
 March 12 Tentative: afternoon rehearsal and evening concert in Moose Jaw
 March 22 Senior band plays at the Optimist Festival 
 April 12    Thom unavailable - another location may be found
 April 19 No rehearsals (Easter break)
 April 30, 7pm Spring Concert

What a difference a week makes!

posted Jan 18, 2017, 5:20 PM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated Jan 18, 2017, 5:20 PM ]

From FREEZING to slippery sloppy - in just one week - aren't our roads fun? 

As always, check your email before you leave, dress for the weather, and, please, drive carefully. 

With the cold keeping so many home last week, the 50-50 draw is this Wednesday, so remember to dig out the loonies, toonies and five-spots when you come to Thom for rehearsal.  
 
Upcoming: 
A Steak Night fundraiser is being organized - date and location to be announced. 
There will be no rehearsals during school breaks, so band is cancelled February 22nd and April 19th. While Thom is unavailable April 12th as well, we will be looking for an alternate space for that date.   
This year, Senior band will be playing at the Optimist Festival, so there will be no Intermediate band on March 22. We don't have our performance time yet, but have requested the latest possible - watch for updates! 

We have a tentative booking for March 12th - a rehearsal and concert with the Moose Jaw Adult band - updates to follow. 
And, our spring concert date has been set - 7 pm, Sunday April 30th, at Lakeview United Church. 

Reminders: 
Note that the second half fees are now due! 
Our fees are an important way to keep the organization going. The Hot Dog sale during the summer, and the 50/50 draws are our main other sources of funds, and there are still bills to pay, even when we don't get new music.

Save the Date: 
This is a summary only - details are on the calendar.
 When     What
 January 18     January 50-50 draw!! 
 ??  Steak night fundraiser
 February 22No rehearsals (school break)
 March 1 Clinics with Brent G during regular rehearsal times!
 March 12 Tentative: afternoon rehearsal and evening concert in Moose Jaw
 March 22 Senior band plays at the Optimist Festival 
 April 12    Thom unavailable - another location may be found
 April 19 No rehearsals (Easter break)
 April 30, 7pm Spring Concert

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