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THE VILLAGES SYMPHONIC WINDS


What do you call a group of some forty former band directors, professional musicians, and a few dedicated amateurs with over 2000 years of experience? Simple – The Villages Symphonic Wind Ensemble, a group dedicated

to performing at the highest level of achievement we can reach while challenging ourselves to continually improve. We play a wide range

of musical genres from “high-brow” to “toe-tapping”

in a variety of keys and time signatures rated from moderate to the most difficult. If you are someone who wants to sharpen your playing skills surrounded by like-minded musicians who serve to inspire

and motivate you, then contact,


Jill VanSyckle at ljvansyckle20@gmail.com or 352-731-7447


Behind the name: From an article about the conception of the Eastman Wind Ensemble – In 1952, the idea for a new, smaller type of symphonic band occurred to Frederick Fennell: scaling the typical concert band down

to the size of the wind section of a symphony orchestra, allowing for greater clarity and better intonation. He recruited nearly 40 players for this in May 1952, explaining, “I chose the best students in the school, the best solo

 performers, and the best ensemble players.” That is what this group strives

to be – “The Best”!


Under construction

as of Oct 1 2020

Under construction

as of Oct 1 2020

Alto Sax For Sale


I have a 1946-1947 King Zephyr alto sax to sell. It was made by The H.N.White Co. in Cleveland, Ohio. The serial number is 281_ _ _. They can call me at 315-956-2600 for more info. Thank you. Carole Kline. (clarinet 3) Hometown Band

Three ways to improve and shorten practice time


1. Isolate the problem area and break it down to smaller sections


Find the passage which is giving you difficulty. If there is a way to break it down, do so.

For example: four 16th notes can be broken down to one count at a time. Go slow, 1-e-&-a-. Repeat it several times and perfect this one count.


Next, go to 2-e-&-a-. Repeat it several times and perfect this one count.


Next, review both counts. 1-e-&-a-2-e-&-a-. Repeat this several times to perfect this part.


Next go to 3-e-&-a-. Repeat this several times to perfect this one count.


Next,review these 3 counts. 1-e-&-a-2-e-&-a-3-e-&-a-. Repeat this several times to perfect this part.


Next go to 4-e-&-a-. Repeat this several times to perfect this one count.


Next put all four counts together and repeat this several times to perfect the entire passage.


By isolating this particular section and breaking it down to one count at a time, then reviewing, will enhance your ablility to perform this section with relative ease.


2. Long – short – long, Short – long - short


Find the section that is giving you problems and break it down one count at a time and use the rhythm listed above. Repeat each count a few times and then go back and play it in rhythm. Keep on going one count at a time, repeat in rhythm, then try the entire problem section slowly at first and work up to the correct tempo.

3. The five times rule


Playing music is about beauty, expression, communication, and exhilaration. But before we get to this high level of music making, we must attain techincal perfection. There should be no such thing as ‘sort of good enough.’


All too often we play a passage, make a mistake, back up and try it again. We make the same mistake, and after several more tries, we finally get it right. Then we move on.


Lets look at what we’ve just done. We’ve practiced playing it wrong! We’ve played something wrong several times, but only played it right once.


Practice really works! We tend to play a passage in performance just the way we most often play it in practice. If we’ve played something wrong 30 times and only played it right 5 times, it will probably come out wrong. Therefore, make sure you play it right enough to make the right notes become habit.


Here is a practice habit to develop. Set the metronome to a speed where you can reliably play a ‘hard part.’ play it perfectly 5 times in a row. Use really high standards. Make sure everynote is in tune, has good tone, and is articulated properly. If you make any mistake, even on the last note of the 5th time, you must start over from the beginning.


Then set the metronome to beat 6 to 10 beats per minute faster and start the 5 times rule again. Keep setting the metronome faster until it’s too fast to play cleanly. If you do this every time, over a week’s time you will see great improvement.

Travel Tips with Music Instruments


Insure your instrument.

Measure the size and weight, including the case.

Study airline carry-on and checked baggage musical instrument policies before selecting an airline.

While booking your reservation, tell the agent you will be traveling with a musical instrument. Ask to speak to customer service to address questions.

Request/purchase priority boarding in advance, and keep copies of receipts.

Carry a copy of the DOT rule as outlined in the Federal Register or the DOT website, as well as a copy of the airline’s policies.

Limit carry-on items to one musical instrument, plus a personal item.

There’s a possibility that your instrument will not be allowed in the cabin with you, be sure to have a proper travel case to avoid damage if the instrument must be stowed.

Remove all extraneous items from your instrument’s case and carefully secure the instrument inside the case. Place identification on inside and outside the case.

Have an alternative, back-up transportation plan in mind.

Do not argue with ight crews! Calmly ask to speak with a customer service supervisor.

Examine your instrument for possible damage before you leave the airport.

Report any violation of airline policy or damage to the airline customer service before you leave the airport.

If you believe the airline has violated its written policies, file a complaint with the airline. Also file a direct complaint with the Department of Transportation.

The Villages Symphonic Winds


Symphonic Winds Rehearsals




As of Oct 1 2020 No Rehearsals or Performances until further notice,

except for zoom. 

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