Handbook 2019/20

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Monthly payments for rental-lease instruments range from approximately $15.00 to $99.00 per month depending on the company, the nature of the rental / lease plan, and the type (model / brand) of the instrument rented. Please bear in mind that you may wish to purchase the instrument at a later date and you will want all of your rental monies to apply towards the purchase of a quality instrument. Please do not purchase an IMITATION instrument (Toy - for entertainment only!). These instruments are not quality purchases and many problems will develop quickly. They are not appropriate for use in an educational setting. It is our hope that students continuing on in the program will purchase a quality brand of instrument as soon as their commitment is realized.

The Yukon Dept. of Education contracts Massullo Music Ltd. - Burnaby, B. C. to supply us with quality Rental Instruments. He visits Whitehorse twice a year to tune them up, as part of his commitment to selling / renting horns to our Band students. For more information see www.massullomusic.com or call Sandro directly at (604) 294-1777.

Only a very limited number of instruments such as french horns, tubas, oboes, bassoon, bass clarinet, bari saxophones and euphoniums are available through the school; our number one priority is to supply people who cannot afford the Instrument / Rental Purchase. The cost is $10 / month for the school year (paid by cash or cheque) and a contract must be completed by the teacher and the parent or All-City Band and a Director. These instruments remain the property of the school / All-City Band. Parents who are interested in a School/All-City Band instrument and / or who require financial assistance should contact the Band teacher as soon as possible.

Instruments returned should have cases vacuumed, and cleaned on the outside as well as: Brass

  • Clean the instrument using lukewarm water and a little liquid dish soap.
  • Make sure you remove all slides and valves and use a 'snake' to clean the lead pipe and other tubing.
  • Clean the mouthpiece with mouthpiece brush and very warm water.
  • After drying thoroughly oil valves well, use slide grease on all slides.
  • Polish the instrument & remove finger marks with a slightly damp soft cloth.


  • Clean the mouthpiece using liquid soap and lukewarm water, wash and dry reed
  • holder and cloths.
  • Throw out used reeds!
  • Use a soft brush to remove dust, lint, etc. under the keys (Be careful!).
  • Check for sticky keys and fix with cigarette paper (look at your care guide for instructions).
  • Use Q-tips to clean the finger holes.
  • Polish the instrument & remove finger marks with a slightly damp soft cloth.


Wipe the outside of the flute with a cloth.
Carefully polish the flute with a microfiber cleaning cloth. While playing, grease and fingerprints can build up on the outside of the flute. Gently clean all of the keys and the body of the flute.

  • Pay particular attention to the ends (or tenons) where the separate pieces attach together. This is where gunk can often build up. Use your fingers and a cloth to clean around and inside the ends.
  • Do not use cloths that contain metal polish. These can damage your flute and should be avoided.

Use a cotton swab to clean tough to reach places. You can use a cotton swab to remove dust and buildup between the keys. A cotton swab can also be used to clean the embouchure hole on the head-joint. Be very gentle and avoid touching the keypads.

Do not store the wet cleaning cloth inside the case with the flute. This moisture could tarnish the flute. Instead, place the cloth in an outer pouch on the case.

Please make sure you return all supplies (cork grease, cleaning cloths, reed guards, 'snake', valve oil, swabs, etc.) that came with your instrument. You will be charged for Missing supplies.

Massullo Music Ltd. (Burnaby, British Columbia 1-(604)-294-1777, www.massullomusic.com) has been given a list of approved models and brands and has agreed to supply only quality instruments, which have been approved by the Whitehorse Secondary Music Teachers. These instruments are of a standard that should prove adequate throughout Secondary school for the majority of students. However, those students who excel at Band may opt for an even higher standard of instrument as they progress in Instrumental Music. On the next page, you will find a list that describes Massullo Music Ltd.’s Sept. 2017 outright purchase and rental/term purchase prices (watch the website for 2018-19 prices). With Massullo Music “outright purchase” includes all of the Care & Maintenance equipment and a fold-up music stand for home practice.

The following should be included with all rentals or purchases:

  • reeds for clarinet & sax players (a couple of 1 ½ strength to start)
  • 2 or 3 reeds for oboe or bassoon players
  • slide cream for trombone players (not oil) and a water mister bottle
  • cork grease for woodwind players; slide grease for brass players
  • washable kite-shaped cleaning swab for woodwind players
  • polishing cloths for lacquered / silver instruments
  • pair of snare drum sticks & acrylic mallets for percussionists - Orchestra Bells on a stand and a Practice Pad for home!
  • a mouthpiece brush for all brass, clarinet & saxophone players
  • reed guard IV for oboe, saxophone & clarinet instruments
  • a cleaning snake for brass instruments

    • In addition to an instrument of suitable quality, the following supplies will also be needed: soft cleaning cloth, pencils (with eraser) to be kept in their case and a music stand is recommended for home practice.

As Band classes commence at the beginning of the school year, it is essential that students have their instruments as soon as possible. To facilitate this, we have invited Massullo Music Ltd. here to supply the approved brands of instruments to our Whitehorse students during the third week of School.

A reminder that both band teachers are available only after 3:30 pm due to regular classes.

Please note: you will need a credit card for collateral to rent one of these instruments.

The above listed prices include a free tune and the required Care & Maintenance supplies, but does not include: G.S.T., or Air North shipping / cargo surcharges.

Students who choose not to continue in Band at the end of the year must return instruments rented from Massullo Music directly to Massullo Music in Burnaby, BC. The school is not responsible for any instruments that are not owned by the school. “Buy Back Plan” means Outright purchase price minus Monthly rent = Guaranteed Buy-Back Price

If you know of or already have an instrument that you would like your son / daughter to play, please contact the Band teacher as soon as possible to confirm suitable quality and its workability prior to committing to that particular instrument. In fact, the Band teachers are available to play the instrument and recommend repairs, if required on those second hand instruments!

The All-City Band Society (ACBS) is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to present an annual series of live wind ensemble and jazz concerts in Whitehorse and Yukon communities while delivering big-city music development and appreciation opportunities to Yukon youth and adults. The ACBS oversees these opportunities for five separate bands:

  • All-City Senior Wind Ensemble
  • All-City Junior Concert Band
  • All-City Jazz Band
  • F.H. Collins Grade 8 Band^
  • P.C.S.S. Grade 8 Band^
  • ^Combined at the Grade 8 Band Retreat into the All-City Grade 8 Band

The activities of the ACBS complement, but are separate from the school band programs. The school programs focus on instruction and musical education. The ACBS focuses on providing opportunities that go beyond what the schools can provide. Without the ACBS, there would be no adult involvement in Concert Bands and no combination of students across the high schools. Without the Society’s support, the Teachers would not be touring outside of the Yukon, would not be involved with fund-raising and could not provide quality events such as the Grade 8 Retreat. Musical instruction would continue, but without the larger context of community involvement, engagement, and performance that truly makes involvement in the Arts the necessary and vital forces that they are. The activities of the ACBS (at the initiative of the band teachers) are largely responsible for the more than doubling of participation seen in our Bands since 2001.

Other than learning to play a musical instrument, our overall aim is emotional, intellectual, physical and social growth through music experiences. Therefore, we provide a band program that will teach your young musician:

  1. To enjoy working with other students.
  2. To develop individual talents for social life at school, at home and in the community.
  3. To know music through familiarity with specific compositions and styles.
  4. To develop a desire to listen to quality music.
  5. To experience the thrill of playing well for oneself, with others and for others.
  6. How to meet new people and develop new and lasting friendships.

Growth through music will be gained by learning to:

  1. Concentrate on the job at hand.
  2. Play an instrument and successfully complete tasks in a classroom setting.
  3. Prepare for the lessons and tests at home.
  4. Listen to the playing of others (recordings, performances, classroom and rehearsals).
  5. Develop a musical ear (ear training of pitch, rhythm and intervals).
  6. Develop rhythmic and melodic feeling and accuracy.
  7. Play in a large group (concentration, matching, timing and balance).
  8. Play individually at home, at school, in rehearsal and in the community.
  9. Accept constructive criticism by teacher, classmates and public.
  10. Find intellectual, social, emotional and physical satisfaction through music activities.
  • To support the schools and our community through performances at public events such as seasonal concerts, Festivals and other public performances.
  • To project a positive image for the schools, our City and the All-City Band Society.
  • To promote healthy relationships between other Bands, Schools, and musicians.
  • To inspire members in the making of Music and for some, performing.
  • To set obtainable goals and accomplish these goals.
  • To perform at the highest possible level as a group at all times and to attain the absolute best sound out of each individual every time we play!
  • To provide a safe, accepting place in which each member of our organization contributes. Growth is an individual process that requires nourishment, time and effort.
  • PRACTICE as required; know your music to the best of your ability. Knowing your part means being able to play sections upon request, matching volume, notes and articulations with your section and balancing individual volumes with our desired pyramid.
  • Attend rehearsals with all music, a working pencil, and the required equipment
  • We strongly recommend the purchase and use of a tuner in rehearsals
  • Be “ready to play”; set-up, warmed-up and in tune with a tuner 440 Hz
  • During rehearsal, listen while the director talks; there is no appropriate time “to chat” or read or text
  • Limit the “socializing” to before or after rehearsals/classes
  • Miss less than 3 practices and be at all of our Concerts & workshops (excusable reasons for absences are: going to be 'out of town', family emergencies, too sick to be there – please E-mail one of the Directors ahead of time or phone and leave a message with reason for absence)
  • Treat the music we give you as your copy; make adjustments in pencil or highlighter, as directed
  • Return your music in good shape and in a timely manner, when requested
  • Before leaving rehearsals, put all equipment away - chairs and music stands, too

Remember, as a member of our group, we believe that all parts are crucial – the group really counts on everyone to “be there” and know their parts in order to have a good rehearsal or performance. Never underestimate your contribution to the group.

  • don’t swap parts – much time has been spent ensuring instrumentation balance and equal distribution. Instead, talk to the director if there is a problem.
  • if you lose a piece of music, it will cost you $1.50 per 8 x 11” sheet. See the director well before rehearsal or class to get a new copy.
  • pencil or highlighters can be used to mark important things on your music. Do not write in pen.
  • make sure that your name is on all sheets of your music and individual sheets are taped together before rehearsals
  • Number your measures for quick reference and to ensure rehearsal time is effective.
  1. Eat lightly before a Concert. Be well rested and prepared for Concerts.
  2. Arrive early at the Concert location. Be sure to bring all music and the necessary equipment with you. (mutes, water bottles, etc.)
  3. Dress in an appropriate manner - uniform or concert dress. Your personal appearance contributes to our overall look/presentation.
  4. Do not talk or laugh during the performance. Help establish the appropriate atmosphere for the audience members to appreciate and enjoy your music. Act like a professional on stage.
  5. Rise and accept applause when you are asked to do so by your Director.
  6. Within a selection of music, attempt to turn your pages quietly.
  7. If someone makes an error, do not look at that person and focus the audience's attention on them. Most listeners will not notice/hear the problem if you don't react.
  8. Try to relax and put into practice all of the things that you have learned prior to the Concert. Being carefully prepared through regular practice will help eliminate your nervousness.
  9. Never tap your feet during a performance. If you find it necessary, wiggle a toe inside your shoe to keep the beat, so that it is not visible/audible to the audience or other Band members.
  10. Bring a water bottle for your use on stage!

Families are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance from Yukon Arts Centre (YAC Box Office: 667-8574) or online at www.yukontickets.com & plan on staying for the whole show! Performers do not require tickets. Tickets should be available one month prior to the concert date. Remember that most of our Concerts do sell out, so get your tickets early!

Concert Dress is: black pants/skirt (no jeans), black dress shoes, black socks/nylons

Grade 8 and Junior Band
white sleeved dress shirt (no tank tops).

Senior Band and Jazz Band
black sleeved dress shirt (no tank tops).

Hair accessories and jewelry should be black and white.

We prefer that Band members not wear a tie. Ties for Jazz Band will be handed out.


Grade 8 - $20.00 course fee for personal workbooks and sheetmusic that will be provided by your teacher. Fees are due at the beginning of the year, but cheques may be post dated if necessary. Cheques are to be made payable to your school (FH Band or PC Band) and you will receive your books when you submit your payment.

Junior Band - $20.00 course fee for personal workbooks and sheetmusic. Fees are due at the beginning of the year, but cheques may be post dated if necessary. Cheques are to be made payable to your school (FH Band or PC Band) and you will receive your books when you submit your payment.

Senior Band - $20.00 course fee for personal workbooks and sheetmusic. Fees are due at the beginning of the year, but cheques may be post dated if necessary. Cheques are to be made payable to your school (FH Band or PC Band) and you will receive your books when you submit your payment.

Adult / Youth Community Members - $120 participation fee for music purchasing, workshops, administraton and honorariums to those individuals doing the bulk of the work. Funds may be post-dated or drawn from one’s individual Fundraising balance. There are at least 4 opportunities a year to raise individual funds. If you need funding consideration please speak to one of the Directors. Cheques are to be made payable to All-City Band, etransfers to allcitybandwhitehorse@gmail.com

When: Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 at Porter Creek Secondary, cafeteria and classrooms, 6:30 to 9:00 pm

All-City Sr. Wind Ensemble will be running this evening for the Beginners (some will direct traffic and move equipment, some will teach, etc.). More information will be given at our Sept. 4th rehearsal.

There is no cost for this event for Beginners and Advanced Beginners from F.H. Collins Sec., Vanier Catholic Sec., Jack Hulland Elem., Whitehorse Elem., Hidden Valley Elem., Elijah Smith Elem., Selkirk Elem., Golden Horn Elem., Christ the King Elem., Takhini Elem. and Porter Creek Sec. schools. All participants will receive excellent information, the thrill of performing in a large ensemble and the connection to further events/instruction. This is the first time that students receive their instruments and attendance is essential for all Beginning Band students and their parent/guardian. Your attendance is essential to moving to the next step in class (how to care for your instrument and how to use the equipment included).

Evening’s Goals: In 90 minutes, very qualified Musicians will teach/ demonstrate: how to assemble, starting embouchure, do & don’ts for each instrument, correct breathing, required posture, proper tonguing / articulation, playing five pitches and to outline 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) to a maximum number of 7 musicians with their parents and the instructors. Individuals will receive handouts on the proper Care & Maintenance of each instrument and a list of equipment required to keep the instrument working well. Advanced Beginners will be grouped together and learn a piece of music.

By 8:30 pm, all the Teaching musicians and their Beginning students will move to the PCSS Cafeteria, with the help of the parents (moving only instruments and music stands). The total group will perform 7 or 8 short tunes from the first pages of the Standards of Excellence Method Book together. Lastly, there will be acknowledgments made of support received, the organizers, and of the Senior Band musicians present as movers, teachers and helpers.

This Annual Event has lovingly been referred to as Squeak and Squawk Night by the musicians who teach, as well as the Beginners who attend every year.

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Organized by Whom: All - City Band Society, Senior Wind Ensemble and the 2 Directors

When: February 27 & 28, 2020

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 and 1 evening) of clinics, fun activities, and playing with the Porter Creek Sec. and F.H. 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.

Youth members 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 Directors, 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 youth members will assemble in the large ensemble room, to incorporate new concepts learned in their clinics and to play 5 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 Whitehorse Elementary schools.

An event as large as this requires the involvement of parents - as cooks, overnight chaperones, fun activity supervisors and/or for first aid support. A package with all the details will be sent home in the second week of February with forms for you to fill out/return.


November 16th Location Porter Creek Sec.

A Jazz Retreat extraordinaire! Jazz musicians will have 1 intense day of clinics, masterclasses, working in small combos and a final concert.

Stay tuned!


Warm up very carefully, using long tones on all the notes you know. Right from the beginning, try to play a ‘nice sound’ for up to 20 seconds. Blow air through the instrument first, and move all keys, valves and slides. Moisten reeds properly.

Class assignments

  • before playing the exercise, look for notes you don’t know the fingering for and look them up on the fingering chart.
  • after your warmup, always work on the assigned exercises / weekly evaluation
  • count the rhythms carefully, clapping and counting out loud if it helps
  • look for other musical signs that will affect how you play
  • play other pages in the book that you have already learned, especially the songs that you like. Get other music you like and play that too.
  • complete each session by making sure your instrument is left clean and in good working condition


  • Select a time of day that will be as free as possible from interruptions and try to use this time or one similar every day of the week.
  • Choose a place where there will be freedom from distractions. Use a music stand!
  • Do not practice in front of the T.V. set while the family is watching or in the kitchen while someone is preparing a meal.
  • Be self-critical. Isolate troublesome passages or exercises and work on them using the following suggestions:
    • reduce the speed until the difficulty is overcome
    • play the section until you can play the passage 3 times in a row perfectly, then gradually increase the speed.
    • repeat over and over at tempo, but only if the repetition is correct!!
    • Never try to develop speed at the expense of accuracy. Practice Slowly! Be Accurate!

Short and frequent sessions are better than one or two long home practice sessions!

Every individual does not have to practice the same amount of time. Work for results - not time on the clock

Always keep in mind that your support is key in your child’s success with Music. Get involved with our program. There are many ways you can be involved!

Schedule Practice Times
Music achievement requires effort over a period of time. You can help your child by:

  • providing a quiet place in which to practice
  • remaining nearby during practice times as often as possible
  • scheduling a consistent, daily time for practice – at least 100 minutes/week
  • praising your child’s effort and achievements
  • helping your child keep a daily record of his/her practice (in the front of the EXCELLENCE book)
  • making sure that your child’s instrument is properly supplied with Care & Maintenance materials as well as extra reeds at all times
  • following the Band Course assignment and Test Schedule to ensure that your child is always “looking ahead” when practicing. Weekly homework is posted on the FHC and PCSS teacher pages.

To give your child the best possible support you should:

  • keep in mind that in the beginning stages, efforts often resemble noise rather than a polished musical tone – listen for improvement
  • offer compliments and encouragement regularly
  • expose your child to a wide variety of music, including Concerts and Recitals, as well as recordings
  • encourage your child to talk about his or her Music class
  • make sure your child’s instrument is always in good working order
  • listen to your child practice and acknowledge improvement

Your child’s progress will be greatly enhanced if you…

  • don’t use practice as a punishment
  • don’t insist your child play for others when they don’t want to
  • don’t ridicule or make fun of mistakes or less-than-perfect playing
  • don’t apologize to others for your child’s weak performance
  • don’t expect rapid progress and development right away

Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music. Gerald Ford