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Did you send in an answer for the 
November question?

Holiday or Christmas Concert?

(Send your answer to nsband@accesswave.ca
to win a $25 NSLC gift card.)

October NSBA Question?

Do you have a small band with varying instrumentation?

What band charts and or arrangements can you recommend that sound great for a small group?

ANSWER:Some of the Flex Band arrangements are quite good.
harnetmusic.com

WINNER of the $25 NSLC Gift Card!  Diane Clarke
Music Teacher and Band Director, Grades 6-12
Musquodoboit Rural Family of Schools

September NSBA Question?

What is the best phrase, activity and/or gesture you use to set the stage to prepare your musicians to listen and contribute to the ensemble each rehearsal?

ANSWER:  Start from Silence, Start from Stillness

            Do not start your band if anyone is talking, moving or playing.
Breath Together-Start together- Listen together
Hope Gendron

“There is a moment before the conductor’s arms are raised
 – a moment before the music begins
– where, with the band’s attention fully on the leader,
 a small, intimate moment may take place between them.
 Through a look, a smile, ever a whispered word unheard by all but the musicians, the conductor may convey his confidence to them,
his faith in them.”
Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel

Use Nonverbal Signals by smartmuisc.com

A simple arm raised by the conductor indicates all students need to raise their hands or instruments and become silent.  Nothing proceeds until the room is silent. When used consistently and diligently it quiets a noisy room in about 10 seconds.  Develop your own plan and use it every rehearsal every day.

All replies will be entered to win an NSLC $25 Gift Card!


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2. You are not a member of the NSBA yet.
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