Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Mass Band: Songs for first mass

Hi Mass Band Members,

Here are a couple of links to two of the songs we'll be singing at our first mass on October 15th. Our next practice will be Monday, September 30th. Thanks again for your participation!

Awesome God

Mighty to Save

New Year, New Music Clubs!

Hi choir and mass band members and anyone else participating in music clubs at Frank Ryan this year! Thank you for participating and lending your talents to our school. We're so fortunate to have a group of students like you who want to get involved and represent their school in a creative and musical way. Kudos to you!

On this site you'll find updates about practice times, links to lyrics and songs, and important information about upcoming performances. Please check back every so often and sing along at home to practice.

This year we're running a few different music clubs. You're welcome to join them all if you have the time and interest. The more the merrier! Our music clubs are:

1. Mass Band. This is a group of students who will perform at the school masses. If you play an instrument, this can be a great way to gain some performance experience. Everyone who participates will also be required to sing the different parts. This group practices twice a week during the three weeks leading up to a school mass.

2. Performance Choir. This is a vocal music group that will perform at school assemblies and other special events. We sing pop songs mostly selected by the students. Starting after October 15th.

3. Beginner Guitar Club. Starting in November, once a week after school for an hour. This is open to students who are interested in learning the guitar. It is a beginner club, for students who think they might be interested in the guitar but don't want to buy one until they've tried it. If you have a guitar at home you are just starting to learn on, you can bring that. Otherwise, we have some guitars here you can use.

4. Rock Band. Starting after March Break. This is a full rock band open to students with experience on an instrument or singing. Last year our band played Bluesfest!

Join one, or join them all!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Assembly Update

Hi Choir!

Sorry for all the switching, this is the last time, I promise. For the talent show assembly we will be singing Will You Be There, Home, Christmas Time's A Comin', and Have a Holly Jolly Christmas. We'll be singing Holly Jolly a cappella (no musical accompaniment) and we'll be clapping throughout, so I need you to memorize the lyrics because you won't be able to hold your book. There's only a couple of verses but we'll be doing some cool percussive stuff. It will end up sounding something like the video in the link below.



Saturday, November 17, 2012

Christmas Talent Show!!

Hi choir members!

I can't thank you enough for your fantastic performance at the school Remembrance Day assembly. You really let your voices soar and captured the emotion of each piece as you sang through them. It was truly wonderful and you should be proud with your efforts. Thank you also for your dedication and practice, it really shows.

So, what's next? Christmas talent show! We'll be singing the MJ song we've been working on as well as "Home" by Phil Philips. Along with that we'll aim to sing a couple of seasonal tunes to put everyone in the spirit before we part for this special holiday. Here are links to all the songs we'll be a  singin'.

Sing along at home! See you Monday!

Mr. B

Will You Be There


Christmas Times A Comin'

Wonderful Christmas

Friday, November 2, 2012

Remembrance Day

Hi Choir,

Our next performance is at the school's Remembrance Day assembly on Friday, November 10. We'll be singing three songs:

O Canada
Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan
Travellin' Soldier - Dixie Chicks

Here's some links to listen to the songs at home

Blowin' in the Wind

Travellin' Soldier

Sing along at home!

Mr. B

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Thanks to everyone who came out for the first meeting of the Guitar Club! Don't forget to make every effort to bring your guitar next week. Looking forward to hearing your collaborations!

Beginners, here's what we quickly looked during the first lesson: