Grade 9 Band

Grade 9 Band

Meet the saxophone family

Instrument Cleaning Instructions

Grade 9 band is a big step forward. We also are at the cusp of playing more complex and interesting music and students in this class are motivated to do well. This is not the way we hoped to start the school year but we are going to still offer this class. The requirements are the same but the way we accomplish them will look quite different. Please take a look through the class expectations to note the differences. I am very thankful that we can still offer music classes and I really look forward to working with you this year.

Because of restrictions to the music program due to COVID 19 precautions, there are no in-person concerts planned for this school year. However, we will do virtual concerts as we are able. If things return to normal in the second semester, here are the planned performances:


Concert Dates

November 10 Remembrance Day Assembly (virtual).

January 15 CCS Band Concert (virtual)

May ABA Festival in Red Deer (TBD)

May 26 CCS Band Concert at Emmanuel CRC at 7:00 pm (or virtual)



Music is a gift from God given to ALL His created beings to create and share, thereby giving Him honor and praise, joy to those around us and opportunities to express our faith (Psalm 33, 44,150). Because of sin, we often fail to do this. But since we are God’s children redeemed through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we can be a light to the world.  It is here, through our work in this class and our performances in public, we seek to restore God’s original intent for music.

You are a unique image-bearer of Christ and this class is designed to help you develop your gift in music so that you can discover, celebrate, and proclaim, both as an individual and as a group the restorative power of God’s work.  This class will provide you with knowledge, insight, and skills in making music so that you can use music as an expressive of your faith and a faithful and joyful service to God and neighbor.

The music program also allows you to learn how to work together as a group.  Your role in the band is important, and you must produce in order for the whole group to improve and do the best it can.  This is a valuable tool that will be used by you long after you leave the school.


LEARN, to Shape God’s World though Music

Community Builders

  • Talent – you all have different levels of ability.  Improve what you have been given!
  • Encouragement – help and encourage others in your class
  • Sharing – using and sharing your gifts in class and in concerts

Image Reflectors – Good attitude is shown by having all you materials for class, be part of the class and participate, be positive, and try to do things in a different way.

Beauty Creating – Practice.  There are no shortcuts in music but the reward is great.


Classroom Work

As a band, we need time to develop into a group that plays technically correct and sounds great. You practice time and online instruction therefore is not merely the rehearsal of band music but will include:

  • Sound production - making a great sound
  • Technique – Scales (Concert Bb, Eb, Ab, F, C, g, c, f, d, a, and chromatic scale)
  • Range (see handout)
  • Sight reading – Level 1 and 2 pieces
  • Ear Training
  • Rhythms
  • Theory - Rudiments of Music
  • Listening (critical listening, elements of music, all styles of music in history)

The emphasis of this class this year is improving your individual music and ensemble skills through lessons and virtual performances. 



Service through Community Building and Image reflecting

30% - Virtual Concerts

This is mandatory. You will need to submit your own recordings of your performance of our ensemble pieces. This will be put together and made into a virtual performance which will be shared with the school community.

Service by developing your gifts for Beauty Creating

25% - Virtual lessons. Once a month for 15 minutes, you will have a short virtual lessons with me or a clinician. These lessons will check for the fundamentals of playing your instrument (see list above) and give you ideas of what you can keep working on. To prepare for this, regular practice is strongly encouraged (10 to 15 minutes each day).

25% - Playing Tests  (Testing of the ensemble pieces assigned for the test. You will do a playing test every month and turn in a video of your performance)

20% - Class work (worksheets, written tests, and projects)

Bonus Marks (up to 9% of total grade/report card period) will be given for participation in:

  • other co-curricular activities at school (jazz band, worship teams, musicals, etc.)
  • church services
  • musical activities outside of school (other bands, private lessons, Honour bands)
  • extra festival participation (solos, ensembles)

Classes for 2020-2021

Because of COVID restrictions, music classes will only be happening in the assigned cohorts once a week. Since this does not give a lot of time, the students will be working on their own at home using an online music platform called SmartMusic. There, the students will be helped to learn their music and record their work.

Sheet Music for Band

All students will be receiving more than 20 pieces of band music this year. These will be original copies so any lost or damaged music will cost the student $5/title. Music must also not be put in instrument cases because that will damage the instrument.



Since Grade 9 band is an optional class, the school may have school instruments for a subsidized rental fee of $90 for the year unless the student already has an instrument at his/her disposal (depends on what is left after the Grade 7 and 8 students choose). All school instruments will include a reed guard and one reed for saxophones and clarinets, and slide oil and valve oil for brass instruments (this should last you all year). If your son or daughter will be playing a reed instrument, the school will have reeds available for $1 a reed throughout the year.  This is the cheapest price in the city.  If you need to rent or need help finding an instrument, please contact Mr. Vander Woude.  Take care and clean your instruments regularly.  Also ensure that you have valve oil, slide grease, and functional reeds at all rehearsals.


Concert Dress

Concerts are formal events to show what you have done during the year so treat it as such. Concert dress is the black music t-shirt (school will provide free of charge this fall) and black pants.  Please have the appropriate black shoes and socks too!  No track pants or running shoes!



If you have any questions, please ask.  Find a good time and talk to me if you are having difficulties, or if you have any concerns.  You will be amazed at your progress this semester if you follow these guidelines.  Remember, have fun and praise our Lord through your music.