Membership Information

       Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Thousand Islands Secondary School music room (117). Downbeat is at 7:00 pm sharp!

o        It is helpful for you and the Band if you can attend every week but the Musical Director recognizes that this is not always possible.

o        Pay attention to the Musical Director. When the Director raises his hand or baton, no one should be playing or talking and everyone should be ready to play.

o        During rehearsal, pay attention to the Director and to your own music, and listen to the music being played around you. Do not carry on conversations. Raise your hand if you have a question for the Director.

o        Rehearsals and concerts start on time. Plan to arrive 15-20 minutes early to tune and help set up.

       Do not wear scented products such as cologne, perfume or after-shave to rehearsals or performances.

       The Secretary, Chris Coyea (bass clarinet) maintains telephone and e-mail lists of all Band members. Please let him know if you change your contact information.

       Emergency contact information: you may choose to write down your name, street address, phone number, and the name and phone number of an emergency contact – and keep this in your instrument case. Most cell phones also have the capacity for you to designate contacts of your choice as “ICE” (“In Case of Emergency”) or something similar. ICE contact numbers can be dialed even if your phone is locked.

       Dues are $100.00 per person per year, payable by October 1.

Dues may be paid in two installments: $50.00 by October 1 and $50.00 by the first rehearsal in January.

A prospective first-time Member may attend two rehearsals for free, and may then become a Member by paying dues of $50.00 for their first membership year.

Annual dues for students are $30.00 per person.

Please give your payment to the Band’s Treasurer, Jennifer Bond (tenor sax).

The BCB encourages anyone with an interest in playing with the Band to join us, regardless of financial situation. Please speak with Musical Director Lance Besharah, in confidence, if you require assistance with dues or flexibility in paying by installments.

       The black BCB music folders (and their contents) must remain in the music room and should be returned by you to their file slot after each rehearsal.

o        Keep the music in your folder in alphabetical order by title.

o        If your folder is missing a piece, check the cabinet at the back of the music room or speak with the Music Librarian, Peri Howlett (clarinet).

       Rehearsal room: BCB volunteers set up the room for rehearsal each week. Please put away your chair, music stand and music folder at the end of the evening.

       Concert dress is BCB shirt (plum-coloured), black trousers/shorts/skirt, black shoes and black socks. Band members are expected to purchase their own BCB shirt – please speak with Judy Quick (alto sax).The cost of a band shirt is $50.00.

       The Band Executive Committee is elected every year in October. If you are interested in joining the Executive Committee or just helping out, please contact any member of the Executive. Click here to see an outline of the duties of Executive Committee members.

       If you need an instrument or instrument repair, speak with the Musical Director to make arrangements. The Band owns some instruments for loan to members.