Updated April 16, 2019 – Recaps of each of the groups summer plans can be placed below. Most sections will send emails directly to the Macy’s participants in their section/group. If details not posted here, please check with your Shepherd or Lead.
Clarinet – Summer Sessions
Hello fellow clarinets! Welcome to all you new folks!
To remind you, Bill has asked each instrument section to have 2 practices during the summer to work on marching fundamentals, and memorization. The dates for our sectional are as follows:
Saturday, June 1st, 10:00 a.m. This will be held at the Tierra Verde Community Park, 1.4 miles south of the Tierra Verde Bridge (on the way to Ft. Desoto Park). We will practice for 1 1/2 – 2 hours and follow up with a pot-luck lunch at our home (102 8th St. E. Tierra Verde, a few blocks away from the park). This will be a very nice way for us to get acquainted and form a bond within our group.Sunday, August 18th, 3:00 p.m.Held at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 4825 E. Bay Dr. Clearwater. Denise Fleming-Chapin’s (clarinet) church is providing sandwiches for us! How very nice! Thank you Denise!
Please mark your calendars! Although these rehearsals are not mandatory, we strongly urge you to attend, especiallypeople who were new to the band this spring or are new for the fall. We will go over our marching style, posture, position of the clarinet, etc. In addition, we will practice marching 6 to 5, required for Herald Square. Last, we’ll go over memorization. Don’t wait till last minute to memorize the music! Bill expects us to have the 2 parade tunes and Herald Square music memorized by the first full band rehearsal. To remind you, a slight change was made in Enchano. The change is 8 Counts of drums, followed by a rolloff. Begin playing measure 11 to count 1 of measure 24. Also, practice at 136 tempo! It’s pretty fast!
We are currently 7 months away from Macy’s. It is a 2.6 mile parade. Walk, practice playing and walking, we need to be in shape! Herald Square is at the end of the parade, so we need to be sure we have full energy for the show!
As typical, if you have any questions, we’re here to help! See you in the summer!
Your clarinet shepherds,
Saxophone – Summer Sessions
The sax sectional dates are as follows:
All will start at 7 PM and will be at Bridge Community Church. Address is 5251 110th Ave N, Clearwater 33760.
Sousaphones and Baritones – Summer Sessions
Hi lower brass,
We have a rehearsal schedule for our sections before we do the full rehearsal with the Rounders band. Bill would like to see a few of these sectional rehearsals happen. Sunday September 8th at 5pm. Location TBD. You don’t need to respond to me, just try to make it if you can. I understand that not everyone is able, but the more we get, the better we will be for the full first rehearsal. I don’t have a place defined yet. If you know of a public area or a place that you can get permission for us to use, please let me know. It should be somewhere int he St. Pete area or mid Pinellas. Mike Wetzel will be our marching director that day …NOT ME. He has had experience in this and can help our little groups come up to par before the first real rehearsal. Mark this on your calendar ASAP if you can!! I will send out reminders again as we get closer to that date!
Trumpet Section – Summer Sessions
Hey Folks: On behalf of all the leadership of the Rounder’s, I want to thank you all for a very fun and successful Spring. The band sounded great, the trumpet section was exceptional and I think everyone had a musically fine time. I particularly enjoyed it, getting to meet all of our new members and welcoming back our many veterans. We will have the biggest trumpet section in years. We expect to march 44 trumpets in November – a nice big balanced section. Destroy Silence!
Now the Real Work Begins!!
Your Very Important Job between now and August 20.
Practice Regularly and Complete Your Memorization DetailPracticeIt is essential that your chops are in great shape for Macy’s. As you know, it is a 3.5 mile parade with the TV performance at the end. The parade moves along quickly and you play a lot and then you need to have a reserve for TV. I expect that you all have practice books. Use them please.If you don’t, I will be glad to print off a few key pages of the Arban book and send.
MemorizationIt is an absolute requirement that your part be memorized by Aug 20. I know that many of you already have that done. Practice to retain it. If not done, it is your responsibility to do the repetitive grunt work. For me, it means repetitive playing and testing, picking up the detail of troubling measures. Once I have it, I keep my horn around and test myself frequently. Download a metronome on your smartphone or just ask Siri. Practice Enchano at 136. It moves.The music has to be second nature, since we will be concentrating on the drill in the Fall.
For reference from Bill: All performers must come to the 1st practice with the parade tunes memorized just as we played them this year.
Enchano will be performed as follows (this is new revision)
Start will be 8 beats of percussion
8 beats of roll off ( This gets us on stage)
Start Measures 11-23
Then 4 beats percussionMeasure 73 to end
(And we march off into the history books)
So nutshell — memorize 11-23, then 73 to end
Be In ShapePlease use the summer to exercise. As I indicated, the Macy’s parade moves along quickly, because there is a TV timeline. This parade does not stop like we are used to in local parades. You march quickly for 3.5 miles then expect to almost run from the Red Ready line to our position in front of Macy’s for TV. Pick a 4 mile walking path, pretend it is Broadway and march it briskly. March with your metronome app at 136.
Good Aerobic exercise!!
Sectionals– Please reserve the datesWe have scheduled two optional but highly recommended sectionals:Tuesday, August 20, location To Be confirmed, but in St PeteTuesday, Sept. 3 the day after Labor Day, Feather Sound CC, ClearwaterAt each of these practices we will confirm memorization, to make sure as a group we have it down.We also will introduce important marching technique such as side turns, and half steps for the TV performance.Goal is to make sure we are optimally prepared for the Bands first full practice on Sept 17.Also, reason for FSCC is to have a little celebration as we kick off the season. More on that later.
Since it is summer, and we also have a few snow birds, I expect that a few may already be vacation booked or not down yet. Please let me know if you can’t make the practices.
Many thanks for All!! Enjoy your summer.
Tim Holly, on behalf of Roger and Joe727-424-2877
Trombones – Summer Sessions
All performers must come to the 1st practice with the parade tunes memorized just as we played them this year. Enchano measures must be memorized as follows: measures one and two, followed by measure 9 – 23 followed by a four-count drum break; then measure 73 – end. All Enchano music must be played at a metronome marking of 136!!
I will send out audio clips of all three songs as soon as I get them together so you can practice and memorize them.
We have been asked to have two marching technique rehearsals for our section before we do the full rehearsal with the Rounders band. As of right now please put this date in your calendars. Sunday September 8th at 5pm. Location TBD.You don’t need to respond to me, Just put it into your schedule. We don’t have a place defined yet. If you know of a public area or a place that you can get permission for us to use, please let me know. It should be somewhere int he St. Pete area or mid Pinellas. Mike Wetzel will be our marching director that day … He has had experience in this and can help our little groups come up to par before the first real rehearsal. Mark this on your calendar ASAP. I will send out reminders again as we get closer to that date!