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Hello Musicians,

In this message you'll find:
  • Reminder about spring extension band registration
  • Details for the April 14 concert
  • News about signing up for the May Intercity Band Clinic
Registration reminder
Registration for the Spring extension band sessions is ongoing, and will continue until April 6 or until bands reach capacity.  Please register as soon as possible. The spring extension session is fun - all play and no clinics.  See the website for more details and to register.

Concert Logistical Details
The concert takes place Sunday April 14 in the Sanctuary at Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave, starting at 2:30pm.  Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door, with a view to supporting the non-profit musical endeavors of ONHB and OrKidstra. 

Only stage crew, percussion and refreshment set up volunteers may enter the church at 12:30 – please be quiet as church activities will still be in progress and we are not officially booked in until 1:30.
Musicians are reminded to ARRIVE AFTER 1:15 pm – church activities and set up for concert ONLY before this time.
Several bands will share the same room to store belongings and for warming up. During the short break at 4:15, concert band members will pick up belongings as jazz bands are warming up.  

To avoid problems, stash belongings as indicated below (NO valuables). Enter and exit quietly, to respect the warm up time of other groups.

Please clean up any puddles from your instruments in the warmup rooms and the sanctuary.
  • Bytown BB musicians will leave their stands on stage following their performance for other bands to use.
  • Capital Crescendos will bring 20 extra stands to the stage for their performance, and leave them in place until the end of the concert band concert.
  • PLEASE MARK STANDS FOR EASY ID (name, band, plus small ribbon or coloured sticker).
David Hooton is Stage Manager - Please do not move any chairs on stage unless asked.  
   Be Prepared:
Sunday morning, eat a high-protein breakfast-brunch. Performing takes energy!
To Bring - energy bar/snack, refillable water bottle, music stand, instrument, music, volunteer items. But note that there should be no food or drink in the sanctuary.

Many hands make light work - everyone please sign up to volunteer for one thing on the concert volunteer list which your band rep will bring to the next rehearsal.  You may sign up to bring a refreshment contribution (finger food ready to serve, such as crackers and cheese plate, cookies on tray, small veggie or fruit tray or bowl - mark your name if you bring your own serving dishes) OR juice, sparkling water, etc.) OR sign up instead for stage crew (2 per band), refreshment crew, or percussion crew (this should be all concert band percussionists - either 12:30 for initial set up, or 5:45 to pack up following jazz bands' performances).

Contributions for refreshments may be dropped off in Scout Hall between 1:15 and 3:30.
12:30 Stage crew set up info and instructions:
David Hooton Stage Manager, (assisted by Felicia, consultant - past stage manager), Sarah Jaleel, Piero Slogar and two stage crew from BB, RR and CC
Scout Hall set up for refreshments – Paul Hempel and team- 6 tables around room
Percussion teams from all bands, lead by one Capital Crescendos percussionist for set up
Arrive, set up, warm up, tune, meet with band for short group warm up.
BB -  leave cases, coats, and warm up in choir room behind stage, then on stage 1:45
RR – Chapel       1:40 (leave belongings to right)
EE – Banquet Hall  1:55 (leave belongings along wall, near kitchen corner)
CC – Banquet Hall 1:40 (leave belongings on North wall, to left)
RC – Lower Hall       2:10 (leave belongings on left side of room, under windows)
JJB – Chapel - 4, then on stage 4:30 (belongings to left and back)
DJB – Banquet Hall  4:15  (place cases on wall furthest from the door)
TBA- Lower Hall       4:15 (leave belongings on right side of room)
*Leave NO VALUABLES in rooms- leave at home, wear on person.
  Mark your name clearly on music binders, stands, cases, etc.
**No set up provided for warm up areas – use own stand for warm up.
2:30-4:15 Five concert bands – performance times:
BB 2:30,     RR 2:50,     CC 3:10,     EE 3: 30,      RC 3:50
15 minutes each, plus 5 minutes transition time.
4:15 Light refreshments served in Scout Hall
Rideau Cadences percussionists move percussion to back of stage
  • except vibes, piano, drum kit, trap table with claves, tambourine, shaker
EE and RC – two stage crew volunteers from each band help stage change
4:15 – 4:45 Set-up, warm up  for the jazz bands
Keyboard and Amps for three bands?
Mapex kit and 2 bass amps available at Woodroffe.
4:45 or as ready Three jazz bands perform  - approximate times JJB 4:45, DJB 5:05, TBA  5:25  
(Paul and team – Refreshment area packed up)
6 – 6:45
Break set info and instructions:
Concert Band Percussionists to remove and store percussion, lead by one CC perc.and store in two usual locations (Scout Hall closet, Choir Room closet)
Jazz Band team pack sound equipment, drum kit to cupboard in Choir Room, keyboard.
Stage crew remove chairs in stacks, with dollies, and replace choral risers and choir chairs.
7 Out

May Intercity Band Clinic
On Sunday, May 5, New Horizons bands from Montreal, Potsdam and Peterborough NHB are invited to play with us.  It will be a fun afternoon of reading music together and meeting other NHB musicians who play your instrument. 

Exciting news!  Tessa MacLean (a well-loved former Ottawa NHB leader who is completing her PhD in Music at McGill) and local jazz leader Mark Ferguson are the featured clinicians for the day.  Space is limited, and registration is on a first-come basis for the first 50 ONHB people. A waiting list will be created, and instrument balance will become the priority for the final few participants.  To register, send an email to Judy Mayerovitch at with your name, instrument and whether you'll be doing concert or jazz band. 

Also, we need volunteers.  If you can help out for a few hours or on the day, please contact Cathy Wilcox at

We look forward to hearing all the beautiful music on April 14!
The ONHB Team
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