Sunday, September 13, 2015

2015 CDHS Jazz Ensemble Auditions!


If you want to play in the CDHS Senior or Junior Jazz Ensemble, you need to sign up outside the music room for a brief meeting with Mr. Noble where you will play a short passage of music on your instrument. This is to try to ensure we put the everyone in a group that is at your appropriate level. Don’t be freaked out - you only play for Mr. Noble and he tries (depending on numbers) to find a spot for everyone.
If you have no experience on your instrument, sign up for a meeting anyway (you won’t play) and we’ll discuss whether you would be better suited for the Junior Jazz Ensemble or a Beginner Jazz Ensemble.
If you want to be in the Junior Jazz Ensemble, you just need to show some ability to read music and play your instrument by playing a couple lines from the audition piece. You don’t need to have much experience (in fact even if you have little but you have desire, we can sometimes make it happen).
If you want to be in the Senior Jazz Ensemble, prepare for the audition and try to work out the toughest spots in the music. An audition is NOT expected to be perfect, so relax, do the best you can, and get ready for some great times in a jazz ensemble.
If you have experience and aren’t sure which jazz ensemble you’ll get into, you are encouraged to audition for the senior group. You don’t need to audition for both groups. 
Remember that no matter which group you are in, the most important thing is that we’re looking for people who are willing to put in effort and be team players so that we can enjoy amazing music and have fun.

AUDITION DETAILS (all groups):
Jazz Ensemble Auditions will take place Monday-Tuesday Sept. 21-22 after school from 3:00 to 7:00 at five minute intervals. You must sign up for a time on the signup sheet outside the music room. There will be no lunch auditions please -- there are too many students auditioning to make that possible. Please see Mr. Noble if you have any questions.
JUNIOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE This is a credit course (you earn two credits if you take the core music class and this class — however you don’t have to take it as a credit) which runs two times a week in the morning (7-8:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday). Entrance is by audition. You should be prepared to take the group seriously (including having a music stand, metronome and tuner for practicing - available from us). You must be willing to practice 15 minutes a day. Members should also realize that this band typically travels and that fundraising is required. As always, effort, enthusiasm, teamwork and preparation are the most important qualities for membership in this group. Gr. 9’s are encouraged to audition (although if a Gr. 9 student has no experience on an instrument they might be better suited to the Beginner Jazz Ensemble — we’ll discuss this in the meeting).
THE JUNIOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE AUDITION Play Moanin’ (check out the recording in a recent post on cdhsmusic.com). Pick a part that suits your range -- if you can play somewhat high then you might choose 1st or 2nd, or if you play lower then 3rd. Play what you can - even if only one line. Don’t play any parts marked SOLO. Piano only needs to play right hand. Jazz Ensembles include the following instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar, drums (if you don’t play one of those instruments, see Mrs. Noble) Remember an audition isn’t expected to be perfect. Just do what you can do.
SENIOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE This is a credit course (you earn two credits if you take the core music class and this class — however you don’t have to take it as a credit) which runs three times a week in the mornings (7-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday). Entrance is by audition. Members of this group should be prepared to take things very seriously (including having your own stand, metronome, and tuner for practice - available from us) so that we can play great music. Regular practice is mandatory. Members should also realize that this band typically travels and that fundraising is required. As always, effort, enthusiasm, teamwork and preparation are the most important qualities for membership in this group. NOTE: There are no age restrictions so everyone is encouraged to try out, even if you are in Gr. 9.
THE SENIOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE AUDITION Play Whiplash - as much as you can (better to do a couple lines really well) (check out the recording in a recent post on cdhsmusic.com). It is in 7/4 time, which just means count to 7 in each bar (or count to 4 and then 3 in each bar) Pick a part that suits your range -- if you can play somewhat high then you might choose 1st or 2nd, or if you play lower then 3rd or 4th. Check out the tough spots if you can. Articulate as written! There will be lots of changes in the band so the more you prepare the better chance you’ll have. Listen to the recording a few times to get the feel. Drummers -- you need to check it out for fills etc. to show me that you can do it. Again, remember that an audition isn’t expected to be perfect. Make sure you show me what you can do by preparing as well as you can. Just do the best you can do. 
Good luck! Looking forward to 2015/16!



2015 Senior Jazz Ensemble Audition Music Whiplash Recording


2015 Junior Jazz Ensemble Audition Music Moanin' Recording


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CDHS jazz group wins first place in the province



Campbellford District High School has won first place in the province in the high school jazz ensemble category of the Ontario Music Festivals Provincial Finalist Competition being held in Peterborough. Campbellford won over schools from across the province, including Toronto's Lawrence Park, which finished second.
It was the latest success of the group from Campbellford, which was also a big winner at the Nationals of Musicfest Canada at the University of Toronto in May. Campbellford DHS won two gold awards in the senior jazz ensemble and jazz combo categories and also had a student, Peter Wowk, 18, win a major national award as one of the finest young musicians in the country. 
Campbellford’s jazz groups were highly praised by several adudicators for having outstanding performances. Christine Jensen, one of Canada’s top saxophonists, commented that the senior jazz group was “swinging its butt off and was fabulous.” “There are so many great things going on with the band,” said Jensen.
Many other adjudicators and teachers throughout the day offered their congratulations on the outstanding CDHS performances, said CDHS director Dave Noble.
Two Campbellford performers -- Wowk and Meaghan Steinmann, 17, won leadership awards at the national festival. 
CDHS musicians staged shows for 1,200 local elementary students in their high school gym last week to highlight the sounds of the school's music program. In addition, each elementary school staged a musical number in the collaborative production.

CDHS Music is generously sponsored by Scott Drummond GM in Campbellford.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Picton Schedule


Prince Edward County Jazz Festival - 2015 TD Jazz Education Program

Master Schedule

Clinician assignment
O’Neill Collegiate & Vocational Institute –  Steve McDade
Centennial Secondary School –  Michael Stuart
Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute – Robi Botos
Campbellford District High School – Russ Little
Vocal clinician – THA
Clinicians at large – Brian Barlow, Blair Yarranton, Scott Alexander, Bob Leonard, Mike Francis

Friday, April 10 – Day 1
12:00 noon     Arrive Isaiah Tubbs, Picton           
Luggage to be dropped off in Williams Pavilion

12:30 pm        LUNCH – Main Dining Room
                        After lunch pick up luggage from Williams Pavilion and check in at main
reception area.  Take your luggage to you rooms.
Text Box: Session A                       
2:00 – 5:00      McDonald Hall – performances of all four ensembles  
                        2:00 – Centennial
                        2:45 – Anderson
                        3:30 – O’Neill
                        4:15 - Campbellford            


5:00  - 6:00      Free time (vocalists meet in Windermere Pavillion)

6:00 pm          Dinner – Main Dining Room

7:30-9:00 pm MacDonald Hall – Clinicians concert (Russ Little, Steve McDade, Scott Alexander, Michael Stuart, Robi Botos, Brian Barlow

9:30-11:00       McDonald Hall - Jam Session (Attendance is mandatory)

12:00 pm        All students to their rooms – 1:00 am Lights out!


Saturday, April 11 – Day 2
8:00 am          Breakfast – Isaiah Tubbs dining room
Text Box: Session B                       
9:00-10:50       Centennial – MacDonald Hall  (Michael Stuart)
                        O’Neill – Williams Pavilion (Steve McDade)
                        Campbellford & Anderson – section specific workshops
                        Rhythm section - Cooper Room (Robi Botos)
            Saxophones - Windermere Room (Bob Leonard)
Brass - Hepburn Room  (Blair Yarranton)
Text Box: Session C
11:00 -12:50    Anderson – Williams Pavillion (Robi Botos)
Campbellford – MacDonald Hall (Russ Little)
                        O’Neill & Centennial  – section specific workshops
                        Rhythm section - Cooper Room (Mike Francis & Scott Alexander)
            Saxophones - Windermere Room (Michael Stuart)
Brass - Hepburn Room  (Steve McDade & Blair Yarranton)

1:00 pm          Lunch – Main Dining Room              

Text Box: Session D2:00-4:00         Mixed Bands (MacDonald Hall) during which time each band spends 30 min in Williams Pavilion with assigned clinician.  
                        2:00 - Campbellford
                        2:30 - Centennial
                        3:00 – O’Neill
                        3:30 – Anderson


4:30-6:00         Instrument specific Workshops
Text Box: Session E                        trumpets - MacDonald Hall  (Steve & Blair)
                        trombones - Cooper Room (Russ)
                        piano, bass, drums - Williams Pavilion (Scott Alexander)
                        vocalists - Hepburn Room
                        saxes - Windermere Room – (Michael Stuart)
                        guitars – location TBA – (Mike Francis)

6:00 pm          Dinner – Main Dining Room

7:30 pm          MacDonald Hall  -  Concert - U of T Jazz Ensemble
9:30-11:00       McDonald Hall - Jam Session (Attendance is mandatory)

12:00 pm        All students to their rooms – 1:00 am Lights out!

Sunday, April 12 – Day 3
9:00 am          Breakfast – Isaiah Tubbs restaurant
                        After breakfast return to room, pack and check out



10:30               1st bus to Regent Theatre, Picton
11:00               2nd bus to Regent Theatre, Picton                        

            Arrive at Regent Theatre
 take instruments downstairs to Green Room

1:30 pm          Take assigned seats in Regent Theatre

2:00 pm          concert Regent Theatre





Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DRESS for March 28th

Current CDHS students are dressing up - guys in shirt and tie (or suit) and women in whatever you wear when guys wear a shirt and tie.
Grads obviously do what you want but might be good to line up with that same sort of outfit.

Sound Check and Run-through SCHEDULE March 28th

SCHEDULE
9:30-11:30 Setup - CDHS Senior Jazz Ensemble
11:30-12:00 Lunch/AND HOST MEETING - hand out scripts (Chris O’Sullivan, Landen Kruger, Eva Osterlee, Nick Buchowski)
12:00-1:30 CDHS SJE soundcheck and info session on show order

1:30-2:30 INSTRUMENTAL GRADS and Brian Murphy with Senior Jazz Ensemble sound check (INCLUDES COLD DUCK TIME)
2:30-3 p.m. SINGER GRADS with SJE (HIGHER AND HIGHER)                                   
3-3:30 p.m. Virginia Hatfield, Sam Marineau, Chelsey Bennett soundchecks
3:30-4 p.m. Combo with any guests

6 p.m. All students (including IJE) ready with instruments
6:10 p.m. Go over with IJE what happens when
6:40 SJE onstage - tune and be ready

7 p.m. SHOWTIME!