Provincial and District Honour Bands
North Vancouver School District Honour Band
Each year, select students from North Vancouver School District have the opportunity to play in the NVSD Honour Band in concert with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. The program alternates each year between elementary and secondary school students. Students must be nominated by their school's Band Director. Nominations happen in the fall of each year. Congratulations to all those students who performed in the NVSD Honour Band with the VSO on March 9, 2016. The next opportunity will be in the 2017 2018 school year.
BC Music Educators' Association Provincial Honour Band
Each spring, students from all over the province audition for a chance to play in the BC Music Educators' Association Provincial Honour Concert Band. Successful applicants come together in the fall of the next school year to rehearse, in preparation for a concert at the BC Music Educators' Association annual conference, which is usually held on the Pro D day in October. Seycove has always been very well represented in the Provincial Honour Band, as have other schools in North Vancouver School District. We are very proud of music education on the North Shore, and encourage all students to audition!
An audio file of the oboe test will come soon!
Although this example of Adagio is beautiful and expressive, some of the long notes were not held long enough - count carefully!
An audio file of the bassoon test will come soon!
The excerpts for trombone, baritone treble clef and baritone bass clef are all the same. The recording of the fast excerpt for trombone and baritone was recorded on a valve trombone. It's much easier to play fast on a valve trombone than a slide one, so please take it at whatever tempo you can do comfortably.
Bass players who are interested in auditioning for the BCMEA Provincial Honour Band must perform on the upright bass with a bow. The upright bass is the traditional instrument for Concert Band because it can sustain long notes, unlike the electric bass. If you're not ready to play upright bass yet, it's still worthwhile working on the excerpts on electric bass.
Grade 10 percussionists must prepare one of the following excerpts. Grade 11 and 12 percussionists must prepare 2 of the following excerpts.
The audio file below is the snare drum excerpt with no rolls and with the sound of a metronome. Notice that the time signature changes but the quarter note beat stays constant. If it's too difficult to do the rolls, play the excerpt without them (or without some of them).
The first audio below is the timpani excerpt with no rolls and with the sound of a metronome. If it's too difficult to do all the rolls, play the excerpt without them (or without some of them). You can always add them back in later. The second audio file below is the timpani excerpt with rolls and with the sound of a metronome.