Grade 8 Retreat


When: March 9th and March 10th at the Caserne Boyle Cadet Camp in the Mary Lake Subdivision. CLINICS WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE FRIDAY FROM 9:30 AM TO 3:00 PM.

Beginners require special support while learning how to play an instrument and they benefit from working with/learning the “tricks” from very good players. Therefore, we have an annual event (2 days) of clinics, fun activities, and playing with the Porter Creek Sec. and FH Collins Sec. Grade 8 Bands. As this is a curricular trip (which is equivalent to 3 weeks of classes), we expect all students to fully participate on both days! Beginners will receive excellent instruction by the same clinicians they worked with at ‘Squeak & Squawk’. Each participant will pay $70.00 to cover food, transportation requirements, music, accommodation costs, honourariums, and prizes and our High Schools and the ACBS will subsidize the balance of the cost.

Retreat Goals: Over 2 days, the team of very qualified Musicians will teach / demonstrate: reed placement, strong embouchures, tricks for success on each instrument, correct breathing and posture, different styles of tonguing / articulation, playing chromatic pitches and reinforce the Care & Maintenance schedule. The Beginning musicians will be placed into separate classrooms, sorted by like instruments (e.g. flutes in one, trumpets in another). Throughout the weekend, activities are organized not only to build individuals’ confidence, but to promote the sense of team - concepts essential to having good sounding Bands.

Students will have the opportunity to get to know each other by performing some physical team activities outside and by completing a variety of visual and numerical puzzles in smaller, mixed groups inside. The students will also work with both Mr. Fox and Mr. Todd, which is important for learning how to work with different Directors. As well as performing for each other, the students will have ‘unscheduled time’ to hang out in dorm rooms or to play a game in a large or small group setting with the options of playing inside or outside.

Friday afternoon, all the teaching musicians and their students will assemble in the large ensemble room, to incorporate new concepts learned in their clinics and to play 3 new pieces. The total group will perform together for approx. 90 minutes before returning to smaller groups. In May, the massed band students will then perform the same pieces in the Final Concert at the Yukon Arts Centre as well as perform together at two Whitehorse Elementary schools.