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Which month has 29 days? This year, all of them. Here's the News for the Season  (l inks underlined):
Mon Feb 17 Closed for Family Day. Open Thu Feb 13, Fri Feb 14, Sat Feb 15.
Mon Mar 16 - Sat Mar 21 ReScheduling Week - lessons by yellow slip request only
Fri Apr 10 Closed for Good Friday. Open Sat Apr 11 and Mon April 13.
Featured Student Performances
Sat Feb 8 - Mid-Winter Concert, Acton Town Hall, first concert 7:00PM $
Sat Feb 22 - Open Mic at Milton Legion, presented by Acoustic Blend Cafe $
Sun Apr 5 - New Music Concert. Selections from Student Composition Festival
Mon Apr 20 to Fri Apr 24 - Milton Music Festival

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RIMS All Star Bands performed on floats in Campbellville and Milton
                           2019 Year in Review:
10. Parade floats with bands in Campbellville and Milton
9. Acoustic shows at PorchFest Milton and Acoustic Blend Cafe
8. Ontario Band Association Small Ensemble Festival at University of Toronto
7. HolidayFest Street Market Stages
6. (tie) Leathertown Festival & record LCM exam entries
5. Performances at Chudleigh's Stage & Moonshine Cafe
4. Downtown Milton Street Festival set
3. Milton Fall Fair "Best Audience Response" award
2. (tie) Readers' Choice Awards and Bop Stop live recordings
1. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Main Stage performances!

Staff Side Project: Auckland anthems
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Making records in a music city
Studio Director Rick Imus recently set a record in the Australian Baseball League by performing 12 anthems in a four game series in New Zealand. Geelong-Korea, a team of Koreans, based in Geelong, Australia, travelled to Auckland for a four game series in early January. The anthems for Korea, Australia and New Zealand were performed at each game by Imus in a chord-melody style on electric guitar. Sky Sport announcer Mark Watson, whose resume includes covering the Olympics, said they were, "very good renditions."  The games were televised and streamed worldwide from North Harbour Stadium - a 20,000 seat venue that also hosts rugby matches for the famous New Zealand All Blacks.  Auckland is one of 31 UNESCO Cities of Music worldwide. Click for local radio station's news article and interview.

  Tips for the Student Composition Festival

The Studio's 11th Annual  Student Composition Festival runs from Monday, February 10 through Monday, February 24. Regular lesson schedule applies. Here are five tips to help your composition get selected to be performed at our New Music Concert on Sunday, April 5 (A re-issue from our archives):

5. Ask your private lesson teacher for input in selecting a category and notating your ideas. 
4. Review scales, chord progressions and rhythmic patterns. Ted Reed's book,  Syncopation, by the way, is wonderful for all instruments.
3. Focus on keeping it simple. Strong melodies consist mostly of step-wise motion and restated phrases. 
2. Be prepared to edit your work. A good writer knows how to use the erasing end of the pencil as well as the writing end. Notate your initial ideas in whatever form is handy - you can express it to standard notation later.
1. Perform it to improve it, then rehearse it to perform it for others.

Sat Feb 8 Open for regular lessons on day of Mid-Winter Concert
Mon Feb 10 - Fri Feb 24 Open for regular lessons during Student Composition Festival
Mon Feb 17 Closed for Family Day. Open Thu Feb 13, Fri Feb 14, Sat Feb 15, Tue Feb 18.

Mon Mar 16 - Sat Mar 21 ReScheduling Week - lessons by yellow slip request and confirmation only.

Fri Apr 10 Closed for Good Friday. Open Sat Apr 11 and Mon Apr 13.
Mon Apr 20 - Fri Apr 24 Open for regular lessons during Milton Music Festival

Summer Schedule will be announce in May.

Mid-Winter Concert Night Sat Feb 8 at Heritage Acton Town Hall. New acoustics stage!

Milton Music Festival runs Mon April 20 - Fri April 24 at First Ontario Arts Centre Milton. Competitive and non-competitive categories. Entries due Sat Feb 15. Grand Concert Sat May 3.

London College of Music  Performance Exam entries due March 1 for drums, acoustic and electric guitar. Click for LCM and RGT exam FAQ's.

Conservatory Canada performance exam entries for Spring Session due Thu March 12.

Entries for Royal Conservatory of Music Spring session exams due Tue March 3. Scroll to Rick Imus Music Studio under "Schools" to register for an exam with RCM. 

A Mature Student Performance Night will be offered in the spring.

Elmira Guitar Show runs Sun April 26.

Congratulations to bands that performed at Acton Sugar Fest, Downtown Milton HolidayFest, and Santa Parades in Milton and Campbellville.

One of our ensembles will compete in the Ontario Band Association / Small Ensemble Festival at UTSC in early April.

Ensemble preview rehearsals: Reply in the subject line with EPR for info on our next session.

Info on our Ninth International Road Trip will be announced in April. Previous destinations have included New York City, Chicago, Nashville/Muscle Shoals and Memphis.

>Advise administration by 9:00PM before a lesson to request a ReScheduling. Phone call, email, or in person works. Click Studio Policies to review or learn our studio policies.

>The studio makes independent decisions regarding Snow Days. Our standard protocol is to issue a Weather Advisory on social media, then on our website. Following that, updates may be announced throughout the day.

>Drum students are requested to bring dry indoor shoes to lessons and rehearsals.

>Receipts for annual music lesson fees are issued by request to

>Our studios are scent-free environments

Congrats to Dave, Casa and staff on their Readers' Choice Awards for 2019! Details next issue.

A collective, "Thank You!" for cards and gifts for teachers and staff this Holiday Season.

This month in Studio history: 
Feb 16, 2015 RIMS supports Milton Philharmonic in their Family Day Music Marathon. Feb 17, 2014 Mature Student project, $2 Bills, perform (outdoors!) at Milton Fairgrounds. Feb 25, 2018 Ensembles Day at Fionn MacCool's Oakville as final tuneup show before Nashville/Muscle Shoals trip.

Interested in our Teacher Apprenticeship Education Program? Reply with TEP in the subject line.

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