2017/2018 Announcements


April Update

posted Apr 10, 2018, 11:21 PM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated Apr 17, 2018, 9:56 PM ]

Watch out for the potholes - especially winter's encore this week! 

It's less than two weeks to the concert with the Yorkton band, and we'd like to put on a good show. 

If you haven't let us know whether you will be at the concert (and the pre-concert supper and massed band rehearsal) - what are you waiting for?  Let us know right away! 
The calendar entries have the overview - all the details are in the weekly emails. The poster for the concert is attached below, and it's also on the calendar entry = please print & post or share wherever you can. Having to put more chairs out for the audience is a pleasant chore! 

Prairie Winds (both groups) will be guests at the MSM concert on Sunday, May 27th at 2:00 pm. The Senior band will be playing three numbers and then we would all (both groups) join with the MSM Senior band to play Washington Post, Bless This House, In The Mood and On Wisconsin to conclude their concert. This is very important to Bob and we want him to go out with a bang and not just fade away. We will have a rehearsal with MSM sometime just before the concert.

Our summer hot dog sale fundraiser will be June 23rd and 24th. There will be a sign-up sheet at rehearsals starting April 11th.  Sign up early to get your preferred shift!  

Reminders: 
The light supper before the massed band rehearsal on April 29th is for band members only - so we need to know if you'll be there!  

Also: please let us know if you won't be able to get to rehearsal, and watch your email in case of nasty weather.

Upcoming Event Summary: 
Remember to watch your email for the weekly updates - and check the calendar entries for more info as well.
 Sun, April 29Pre-concert light supper @ 4:30 pm with the Yorkton Band 
Massed Band rehearsal 
Spring Concert  @ 7 pm 
 Sun, May 27 MSM Concert @ 2 pm    
 Sat, June 23 and  Sun, Jun 24 Hot Dog Sale fundraiser at Canadian Tire on North Albert, 9am to 5pm Saturday, and 9am to 4pm Sunday. Sign up early to get your preferred time!  

And now it's Spring!

posted Mar 27, 2018, 10:00 PM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated Mar 27, 2018, 10:00 PM ]

Along with the additional daylight, we also have rain and slush and potholes! 

We will be having a massed band rehearsal before the spring concert as there are several numbers that we will play with both the Intermediate band, and our guests, the Yorkton Community band.  Be sure to let us know if you will be able to join us for a light supper and the massed band rehearsal - it would be polite and courteous to support our guests in this!

Our summer hot dog sale fundraiser has been set for June 23rd and 24th - watch for the sign-up sheet at rehearsals on April 11th.  The shifts go by quickly, it's a great opportunity to get to know other band members better, and the money raised helps keep our fees down! 

Reminders: 
Rehearsals on March 28 will be at Lakeview United Church (downstairs). 
We have been invited to come to the MSM concert on May 27th - please let us know if you will be able to attend.

Also: please let us know if you won't be able to get to rehearsal, and watch your email in case of nasty weather.

Upcoming Event Summary: 
Remember to watch your email for the weekly updates - and check the calendar entries for more info as well.
 Wed, March 28AGM between rehearsals! Intermediate Band will get out a little earlier, and Senior Band will start a little later, so we can all attend the meeting. The meeting will start about 7:45, so please plan on being there a little early or staying a little later.   
 Wed, March 28Rehearsals at Lakeview United Church, downstairs (Easter Break for the schools) 
 Wed, April 4No rehearsals - Easter break for the schools 
 Wed, April 11April 50/50 draw
 Sun, April 29Pre-concert light supper @ 4:30 pm with the Yorkton Band
Massed Band rehearsal 
Spring Concert  @ 7 pm 
 Sun, May 27 MSM Concert @ 2 pm    
 Sat, June 23 and Sun, Jun 24 Hot Dog Sale fundraiser at Canadian Tire on North Albert, 9am-5pm Saturday, and 9am to 4pm Sunday. Sign up early to get your preferred time!  

March Update

posted Mar 12, 2018, 12:06 AM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated Mar 12, 2018, 12:06 AM ]

Now we have snow - and most of it showed up before rehearsal last week - and if the forecasts are to be believed, a fair bit will be melted by the middle of this week.. 

The board (and card) games night at Tony Roma's went well - those who were there seemed to be enjoying themselves. Check the FaceBook page for pictures! 

Only one more rehearsal for Intermediate Band before the Optimist festival - so please make every effort to attend! And for those of us in Senior band, we do have the challenge of "Absolutely Sousa"  to meet - check the Music Links for a version with the score so we can see how the parts all fit together! 

We will be having a massed band rehearsal before the spring concert as there are several numbers that we will play with both the Intermediate band, and our guests, the Yorkton Community band.  Be sure to let us know if you will be able to join us for a light supper and the massed band rehearsal - it would be polite and courteous to support our guests in this!

Reminders: 
All Christmas music should have been handed in. 
No rehearsal March - please try to come hear the Intermediate band play at the Optimist Festival! 
Rehearsal March 28 will be at Lakeview United Church (downstairs). 
We have been invited to come to the MSM concert on May 27th - don't forget to sign up for this as well.

Also: please let us know if you won't be able to get to rehearsal, and watch your email in case of nasty weather.

Upcoming Event Summary: 
Remember to watch for your weekly email for updates - and check the calendar entries for more info as well.
 Wed, March 21Intermediate Band plays at the Optimist Festival (no senior band rehearsal, so please go support them!)  
 Wed, March 28Rehearsals at Lakeview United Church, downstairs (Easter Break for the schools) 
 Wed, April 4No rehearsals - Easter break for the schools 
 Wed, April 11April 50/50 draw
 Sun, April 29Pre-concert light supper @ 4:30 pm with the Yorkton Band
Massed Band rehearsal 
Spring Concert  @ 7 pm 
 Sun, May 27 MSM Concert @ 2 pm

February Update

posted Feb 13, 2018, 10:31 PM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 10:31 PM ]

And the winter weather roller coaster keeps going...  After the low temperatures of the last week, hopefully we can enjoy at least a couple warmer days. 

The Social Committee's plans for the board (and card) games night at Tony Roma's on Saturday March 10 have firmed up nicely: we will start at 7pm, with a variety of board games, card games and interactive games — something for everyone!!!!  The cost is $15 per person, and includes a selection of appetizers plus a soft drink or coffee. There will be a bar for those who would like an alcoholic beverage (at your own cost). There will also be a 50/50 draw.

The plans for the spring concert are also coming together now: 
 Starting with a light supper for the Yorkton band and us (veggies and dip, buns, cold cuts, cheese, pickles, coffee, pop and some dessert squares). It would be polite and courteous for all members to attend this supper as we are the hosts.After the light supper we will set up and have a massed band rehearsal. The exact time will be available when the Yorkton band has finalized their plans, but perhaps plan on being at the church by about  4:30 (for the supper).  

Reminders: 
Fees are now past due for the second half. 
All Christmas music should have been handed in. 
No rehearsal February 21 - due to the school break. 
Also: please let us know if you won't be able to get to rehearsal, and watch your email in case of nasty weather.

Upcoming Event Summary: 
Remember to watch for your weekly email for updates - and check the calendar entries for more info as well.
 Wed, February 21No rehearsals - Family Day break
 Wed, March 7  March 50/50 draw
 Sat, March 10 Board Games Night - at Tony Roma's, 7 pm; sign up at rehearsals beforehand! 
 Wed, March 21Intermediate Band plays at the Optimist Festival (no senior band rehearsal, so please go support them!)  
 Wed, March 28Rehearsals at Lakeview United Church, downstairs (Easter Break for the schools) 
 Wed, April 4No rehearsals - Easter break for the schools 
 Wed, April 11April 50/50 draw
 Sun, April 29Pre-concert light supper @ 4:30 pm with the Yorkton Band
Massed Band rehearsal 
Spring Concert  @ 7 pm 
 Sun, May 27 MSM Concert @ 2 pm

January Update

posted Jan 23, 2018, 10:15 PM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated Jan 23, 2018, 10:15 PM ]

Just for those of us who aren't getting away this winter, the weather is putting on a bit of a roller-coaster! 
Watch your email when the weather turns nasty - if there's an issue, we hope to have the email out by 5pm on Wednesday night.  
For those that missed last week, lots of new music was handed out. If possible, please let us know if you won't be able to get to rehearsal! 

There are a couple of events in the planning stages: 
- the Social Committee is setting up a board (and card) games night at Tony Roma's on Saturday March 10. More details will be coming soon! 
- a day trip is in the works for both bands - a bus to Melfort and some quality time with the Melfort and Tisdale community bands has been proposed, and we are waiting to coordinate this with the other groups. Possible dates are March 17 or 24, or April 14 (all are Saturdays) - stay tuned to find out what the itinerary will be! 
 
As for our concert, the Yorkton band will be joining us, so the time is being moved up to the afternoon. More details are expected soon.  

Reminders: 
Senior Band: please remember to bring your Christmas folders - there will be a bin for them. And, please, take out the music that should stay in the regular folders (along with any programs and other notes/materials you may not want to share with the librarian!) 

Just a reminder: please let us know if you won't be able to get to rehearsal, and watch your email in case of nasty weather.

Upcoming Event Summary: 
Remember to watch for your weekly email for updates - and check the calendar entries for more info as well.
 Wed, February 7February 50/50 draw (and someone's 82nd birthday) 
 Wed, February 21No rehearsals - Family Day break
 Wed, March 7  March 50/50 draw
 Sat, March 10    Board Games Night - at Tony Roma's; more info to come 
 Wed, March 21Intermediate Band plays at the Optimist Festival (no senior band rehearsal, so please go support them!)  
 Wed, March 29No rehearsals - Easter Break for the schools 
 Wed, April 4No rehearsals - Easter break for the schools 
 Wed, April 11April 50/50 draw
 Sun, April 29Spring Concert  @ 2pm if it works out with the church

Back to Winter!

posted Jan 10, 2018, 7:05 PM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 7:05 PM ]

... and all the weather that generally happens! 

As your email likely showed, the first scheduled rehearsal of 2018 was cancelled - due to the treacherous slippery conditions in parking lots and on sidewalks, and the number of people who called to let us know they wouldn't be there. 

So for those that called - thank you; and for those that read their email before setting out - glad you could stay a little safer. If you're not on the email list, and would like to be, please let us know!  

Reminders: 
Remember to bring your loonies, twoonies and fives for the 50-50 draw on January 17, as it's the first rehearsal of the month. 
Senior Band: please remember to bring your Christmas folders - there will be a bin for them. And, please, take out the music that should stay in the regular folders (along with any programs and other notes you might have stashed in them!!) 

Just a reminder: please let us know if you won't be able to get to rehearsal, and watch your email in case of nasty weather.

Upcoming Event Summary: 
Remember to watch for your weekly email for updates - and check the calendar entries for more info as well.
 Wed, January 17January 50/50 draw (and first rehearsals of 2018)
 Wed, February 7February 50/50 draw (and someone's 82nd birthday) 
 Wed, February 21No rehearsals - Family Day break
 Wed, March 7  March 50/50 draw
 Wed, March 21Intermediate Band plays at the Optimist Festival (no senior band rehearsal, so please go support them!)  
 Wed, March 29No rehearsals - Easter Break for the schools 
 Wed, April 4No rehearsals - Easter break for the schools 
 Wed, April 11April 50/50 draw
 Sun, April 29Spring Concert  


The holidays are coming up fast...

posted Dec 3, 2017, 10:28 PM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 9:37 PM ]

And so is our Christmas concert! 

Many thanks to those who came out for the concert with the University Concert Bands! The concert went very well, and everyone enjoyed the music!

Now that the distraction of the Grey Cup is over (even our Pep Band members should be recovered by now), and with the University concert done, we a short time before our Christmas break.  That also means only one rehearsal before our concert, then the last performance for 2017 will be at Wascana Rehab. 

And remember to bring your loonies, twoonies and fives to BALFOUR COLLEGIATE for the 50-50 draw this Wednesday as it's the first one of the month (and the only one for December). For those who haven't been there before, park on the west side and come in the side door. 

Just a reminder: please let us know if you won't be able to get to rehearsal, and watch your email in case of nasty weather.

Upcoming Event Summary: 
Remember to watch for your weekly email update for more details! 
See Calendar entries for more info.
 Wed, December 6December 50/50 
 Sun, December 10Christmas Concert - poster attached below and to the calendar entry
 Wed, December 13Wascana Rehab performance (both bands)
 Wed, January 10 First rehearsals of 2018

Winter is okay, but who ordered the side of wind & snow?

posted Nov 14, 2017, 8:22 PM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated Nov 14, 2017, 8:22 PM ]

We seem to be getting back to the pattern of less-than-nice weather on Wednesdays. 
Please check your email when the weather gets a little "dicey" -  we will do our best to let you know by 5:00pm if band has been cancelled.  And please let us know if you can't get to band - either through email or leaving a message. 

Thanks to the senior band members who went out to Fort Qu'Appelle AND played the concert in Regina in the afternoon. All went very well. The comments were very positive, especially from the church committee. Thanks to the intermediate band members who helped out at the afternoon concert...it was greatly appreciated! 

The next event is the concert at the U of R for senior band. Brent will be at rehearsal November 15th to rehearse (Risk) Everything For A Dream, which he will be conducting at the concert. More information for this event will be coming next week.

Check the Music Links for example performances of some of our pieces! 

Upcoming Event Summary: 
Remember to watch for your weekly email update for more details! 
See Calendar entries for more info.
 Tue, November 28 University Band Concert - with guest band, Prairie Winds Senior band
 Wed, December 6December 50/50 
 Sun, December 10Christmas Concert 
 Wed, December 13Wascana Rehab performance (both bands)
 Wed, January 10 First rehearsals of 2018

What was blowing in the wind last night?

posted Oct 18, 2017, 5:24 PM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 5:24 PM ]

Besides leaves, twigs and assorted other debris? 
Hope everyone was relatively unscathed! The power outage did delay this post, but not our rehearsals - they continue as usual. 

Reminders: 
Fees are due October 18th. Please remember that they pay for space rental, music and photocopying, directors, and all the little things that go into keeping the organization running.  
Please let us know if you are unable to attend rehearsal. 
Also, please sign up at rehearsal for the various events this fall - it's good to know how many chairs are needed and the instrumentation that will be available for each performance! 

Upcoming Event Summary: 
Remember to watch for your weekly email update for more details! 
See Calendar entries for more info.
 Wed, October 25Halloween Fun night - wear a costume to win prizes!  
 Wed, November 1November 50/50 
 Fri, November 3 Social/Fundraiser at Peg's Kitchen - see attached poster! 
 Sat, November 11 Remembrance Day Service at Fort Qu'appelle in the morning 
Remembrance Day Concert at Lakeview United Church (afternoon)
 Tue, November 28 University Band Concert - with guest band, Prairie Winds Senior band
 Wed, December 6December 50/50 
 Sun, December 10Christmas Concert 
 Wed, December 13Wascana Rehab performance (both bands)
 Wed, January 10 First rehearsals of 2018


Welcome to the 2017-2018 season!

posted Sep 26, 2017, 10:54 PM by Tracie Larsen   [ updated Sep 26, 2017, 10:54 PM ]

There were a few new faces among the trusty old reliables last week - that's a good sign.

Hopefully this last week in September will see even more at our Bring a Friend night, which coincides with the socializing night on Sept 27. 

Remember to let us know if you will not be at rehearsal for some reason - since we are just getting our music handed out, we'll do our best to make sure there's a copy for you as well. 

Upcoming Events: 
Sep 27:      Bring a Friend night & Socializing!  Intermediate will finish early and Senior will start late so we can mingle a bit
Oct 25:     Halloween Fun Night - costume contest! 
Nov 11:     Ft Qu'appelle performance followed by performance at Lakeview United Church
Nov 28:     Senior band is guest band at U of R Christmas Concert
Dec 10:     our Christmas Concert
Dec 14:     Performance at Wascana Rehab Center

For more info - see the handout from rehearsals! 


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