Senior Band

Senior High Band

October Practice sheet

Instrumental Range Sheet

Concert Project

Instrument Cleaning Instructions


Concert Dates

November 8 Remembrance Day

January 15 CCS Band Concert at Emmanuel CRC 7:00pm

February 25 or 26  AIBF Festival

Tour  May 10-15 to Ontario 

May ABA Festival in Red Deer

May MusicFest (National Music Festival)

May 28 CCS Band Concert



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.

There is a pre-requisite for this class.  You are expected to have successfully completed the previous level (Grade 9) with a 75% average.  If you do not have this, you will need to audition to ensure that you meet the level of performance in this class.

This course is set up as a 5 credit class but because of schedules, students cannot always take it all year.  Students can take the class for a semester as a three-credit class.  Students wishing to pursue this option must be registered in September and are required to arrange times when they can attend class and practice with the band during the semester they are not in the class.

LEARN, to Shape God’s World though Music

There are three qualities that determine a person’s success – talent, good attitude and hard work.  This is not only true of music but of all areas of life.  Not all of these are in our control.  Good musicians have two of these qualities happening, great musicians have all three.

Image Reflectors:  God gave you music abilities.  Your job here is to develop them to the best of your ability even though it may be less or more than your neighbors.  Think about the parable of the talents.

Community Builders:  There are several ways in which a good attitude can be communicated in class and in rehearsals:

  • be prepared for class
  • participate enthusiastically in class, rehearsals, and concerts
  • be positive: talk to me privately if you have concerns
  • be interested and open to new ideas and different ways of doing things

Beauty Creators:  practice and master your parts and your instrument.

Classroom Work

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

  • Sound production
  • Technique – Scales (Concert Bb, Eb, Ab, F, C, G, D, g, c, f, d, a, e, b and chromatic scale)
  • Range (see handout)
  • Sight reading – Level 2 and 3 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 is performing as a group and we will take every opportunity to perform in public.  Scheduled performances and various others (as they come up) are part of the course.


Service through Community Building and Image reflecting

20% - Concerts

Concert attendance is mandatory. You will loose marks you miss concerts.  Your fellow band mates are counting on you to be there.  Make note of these events and book off time at work.  The tour is also part of the course and all students are expected to participate in the fund-raisers to help those who cannot afford the total cost of the tour.

Service by developing your gifts for Beauty Creating

25% - Practice Sheets (expectation is one hour a week or more, work on technique, tone production, and pieces) Hand in every month.

30% - Playing Tests  (Testing of band technique and pieces assigned for the test. You will do a playing test every month in small groups of unlike instruments)

10% - Theory Levels (This is an individualized theory program.  You are expected to complete 3 units for each term (6 units for the year).  You will start where you left off from the previous year or at the level of your ability.  If you are doing a theory program through the Royal Conservatory, we can discuss how to incorporate that program. 

10% - Class work (worksheets, written tests, and projects)

5% - Concert Project (see attachment)


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

   · other co-curricular activities at school (musicals, membership meetings, etc.)

   · church services

   · musical activities outside of school (other bands, private lessons, Honour bands)

   · extra festival participation (solos, ensembles)


You are responsible for their music and a music folder will be provided for you.  All lost or damaged music can be replaced by paying Calgary Christian High School’s music department $5 per title.

All students also need to have a book call “Foundations for Superior Performance.” This will be a book used by all students in the band program at CCHS.  They are available at the school from Mr. Vander Woude.


The school has a sizable collection of instruments to help with supplying instruments for students. Except for the percussion, large brass and woodwind instruments, the instruments are prioritized for the MS band students. We will do our utmost to provide an instrument for your student or present alternatives so that you will be able to participate in the class.

The school instruments are available for a subsidized fee of $85 for the year unless the student already has an instrument at his/her disposal.  You will need to fill out a rental form (which has the conditions for the rental) and return it to the school with the yearly rental fee before the instrument is allowed to go home. All school instruments will include a reed guard and one reed for saxophones and clarinets, slide oil and valve oil for brass instruments (this should last you all year), and percussion bags for the percussionists ($55 for the year).  If you 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.

Take care and clean your instruments regularly - you are responsible for it.  Also ensure that you have valve oil, slide grease, and functional reeds at all rehearsals. If your instrument is not working, please tell Mr Vander Woude. It often is a minor adjustment that can save you a lot of grief.

Mondays After School

For students that would like some extra help on their instrument (voluntary) and for those who are not keeping up with the class (I will ask them to come), I will be available in the music room from 3:30 to 4:30 every Monday afternoon.

Concert Dress

In order to look as good as we will sound, all music students in Senior high will need the following formal clothes for concerts and festivals:

  • Green fitted shirts - You will buy this through the school and is yours to keep ($30) 
  • School tie provided by the school for guys (optional for the girls)
  • Your own black pants (both guys and girls)
  • Your own black socks and black shoes.
  • There will also be a casual dress: blue jeans and the school issued t-shirt.


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.