Senior Concert Band
Senior Concert Band is offered to students in Grades 10, 11, and 12. Repertoire is the focus because good music is at the very heart of why we play instruments. People like to listen to good music. Many of us learn instruments so that we can then play the music we like. Unfortunately, very few of us are familiar with more than a couple of different styles or types of music. As such, the Music Department exposes the Senior Concert Band student to a wide variety of band music; music that he would otherwise not encounter.
Over the next three years, the student will have a chance to learn the recognized masterworks of the concert band repertoire. By the time he graduates, he will be able to sit in with any band and be able to easily perform those pieces that have been in the fundamental repertoire for many years. The Music Department staff introduce this repertoire during our the three weeks of the first term. as the year unfolds, additional pieces specifically written for symphonic band and wind ensemble will be added.
Another interesting dimension to the Senior Concert Band program is the staff regularly record students for the purpose of analysis. The objective is to help the student make faster progress as an ensemble player through listening to what he sounds like from the audience's perspective.
This ensemble of up to 75 performers is composed of students in grades 10, 11, and 12. They perform works which are often referred to as 'cornerstone' in the repertoire, within a large ensemble setting. This ensemble plays works that tend to be more symphonic in nature. Past concerts have included selections such as Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana', Modest Mussorgsky's 'Great Gate of Kiev' from 'Pictures at an Exhibition', and Gustav Holst's 'First Suite in Eb for Military Band'.
The St. George's Wind Ensemble is an auditioned group of about 45 musicians. The players in the group enjoy the challenge of playing music one player per part. This allows them greater freedom of individual expression than in the larger ensembles and demands greater responsibility on the part of each member.
This ensemble typically performs repertoire at a university level and has performed such works as Grainger's 'Lincolnshire Posy,' David Holsinger's 'Liturgical Dances' and Adam Gorb's 'Awayday'. Currently, they are performing Samuel Hazo's 'Ride', Malcolm Arnold's 'Four Scottish Dances', and Derek Bourgeious' 'Serenade'. They have recently been selected to perform at MusicFest Canada, our national music festival.
Following are a number of links of interest to all members of the concert band program. You will find links to other concert bands, and links to material about bands in general and music in general. For information regarding music theory, please follow the links to the Theory part of the web site. Please contact Mr. Rnic
or Dr. Markel
if you have requests regarding additional material that you would like to see on this site.General MusicGrove Music Online Encyclopedia
- 'the world's premiere authority on all aspects of music'All Music Guide
- 'The' user created online music referenceArts Canada - CBC Radio
- A window the Canadian arts sceneMusic Dictionary OnlineConcert Band Resources
Concert Bands and Wind EnsemblesEastman Wind Ensemble
- The first Wind EnsembleNorthshore Concert Band
- Perhaps the most famous community bandUS Marine Band
- One of the top American Forces BandsUS Air Force Band
- One of the top American Forces BandsUS Army Band
- One of the top American Forces BandsDallas Wind Symphony
- One of the top professional bands in the USLocal Music BusinessesTom Lee Music
- instrument sales/rentals, repairs, sheet music, electronicsNorthwest Music
- instrument sales/rentals, repairs, sheet musicWard Music / Long & McQuade
- instrument sales/rentals, repairs, sheet musicPrussin Music
- instrument sales/rentals, repairs, sheet musicBackun Music
- instrument repair and sales