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SIMS Music Camp

Choir workshop with Erica Phare-Bergh.

On November 16 sixty SIMS choir and band students headed off to Camp Pringle on Shawnigan Lake for a two-day camp.

Band session with Dave Flello.

Dave Flello and Erica Phare-Bergh are both reknowned music educators based in Victoria, BC, and their workshops were a delight. Additional sectional support was provided by Derrick and Wendy Milton, Caroni Young, and Keith Ollerenshaw. Everyone, from the absolute beginners to the more experienced players, learned so much. The sound, technique, and teamwork of all our young musicians is markedly improved after this two day intensive camp. The kids worked very hard and put in long hours, but also had some fun free time and hopefully made a few new friends along the way.

Friday night icebreaker games.

Thanks to Keith for masterminding this camp, and to the instructors and parent chaperones for making it all possible. Hopefully this will become an annual event!

I took many (many!) photos at the camp, and hope to put them up in this website’s Photo Gallery very soon, so parents can see their talented kids at work!

Preparations are now underway for the SIMS Music Winter Showcase at Artspring on Monday, December 3rd. Pick up your tickets today!

Saturday night campfire.

SIMS Jazz – 2nd Greenwoods gig

The kids played at Greenwoods again last Friday, for an even bigger audience, and were terrific! Nice to see them getting over their performance jitters, and gaining confidence.

Here are a few recordings from that day:

OG Jazz (Sr.)
1. Sunnymoon for Two
2. Impressions
3. Chameleon
4. Autumn Leaves

Cosmic Jazz (Beg.)
1. C Jam Blues (in Bb)
2. Watermelon Man

OG Jazz in action, with Caroni on vocals (9nov2018)

SIMS Jazz at Greenwoods

The Senior and Beginner SIMS Jazz Bands put on a great show for residents at Greenwoods last Friday.

Here are a few audio clips:
1. OG Jazz (Sr. Jazz) playing Chameleon
2. OG Jazz playing Centrepiece Blues (w. Caroni Young on vocals)
3. Cosmic Jazz (Beginner Jazz) with Bb Jam Blues.

The Beginner Jazz Band makes their debut performance at Greenwoods, Nov 2, 2018!

Photography of music notes in a bowl of water.

Found on the facebook – scroll down for a video version!  See the CymaScope website for more info on how it was done.

P.S. Many of you have asked if this incredible image is available as a poster. As I’m just sharing it, you’ll have to go to the source to make inquiries about merch. Here is the link to the Cymascope Store. I don’t see these images for sale, yet, but they have other ones available in prints or canvases.