An amateur community wind orchestra in Montreal's West Island since 1984
Kirkland Concert Band

Kirkland Concert Band Virtual Project, November 2020

Comfort and Joy


It is really important to read these instructions and follow them.















1. You Will Need

  • Music
  • Audio track
  • These instructions
  • One device to hear the track while you play
  • One device to record your playing
  • Earphones
  • Music stand
  • Stand to hold recording device
  • Band uniform or dark shirt

2. Get Music

  • There are two versions of the audio file. Please use whichever one you find easiest to work with.

    • click here for a click track for count-in only
    • click here for a click track throughout piece

  • Sheet music is on our folders page. (If you do not have access, contact Debbie at deborahesplin@gmail.com.)

3. Music Instructions

The audio track also contains instructions at the beginning, then you have the tune with a click track and Steven counting out the bar numbers every so often.

  • Tuning A441. Check your tuning across the range of your instrument.
  • Take note of the following time signatures and tempo changes:
bar time signature metronome marking
1 4/4 96
8 (still 4/4) 76
30 3/4 144
86 4/4 112
Additionally, the rit. at bar 103 slows from 112 to 96.
  • Key changes: Bar 63, Bar 86
  • The piece starts with a beat four pickup from trumpets and trombones. All other wind instruments enter on beat two in the first full bar, or on beat one in bar 2. Count this carefully (and listen carefully to the play-along audio track) to ensure that you start in the right place.
  • Flutes, oboes and clarinets: please listen carefully to the play-along audio track at bar 2 to get a sense of how quickly the sextet figures should be played. They're not as fast as you probably expect.
  • Alto saxes have horn cues ar bar 24 (2nd alto) and bar 26 (1st alto). Please play them in case they're needed, although they'll be omitted from the final edit if it turns out that we don't need them.
  • Be aware that melody entrances are staggered in places. For example, at bar 21 the trumpets start playing the melody, clarinets enter halfway through the bar, and flutes at bar 22. This is deliberate; please don't feel like your entrances are late just because they don't match what the other instruments are doing. Count carefully!
  • The syncopated figures starting at bar 73 in the windwinds (and in bar 63 and again starting at bar 78 in the brass section) should have a 6/8 style lilt or feel.

Please be careful to observe all dynamics, and be careful of your tuning.

Please note, videos may not be used if:

  • Too far out of tune
  • Too far off tempo
  • Audio quality is really bad
  • Video quality is really bad

Everyone can submit more than one part for the same instrument or multiple instruments if you can.

Please note if you submit multiple parts for the same instrument, we will show you in one frame playing that instrument.

If you submit parts on multiple instruments, we will include one frame for each instrument. In the ending credits, your name will be mentioned for all the instruments.

4. Deadline

  • Upload by NOVEMBER 30, by the end of the day.

It is important to respect this deadline so that Steven can start the editing.

5. Recording Video

  • Ideally - two devices; recording & listening. (It can be done with one phone. See "Listening to the Audio File" below.)
  • You need headphones/earbuds to hear the audio file while recording.
  • The play-along file must not be audible in your own recording!
  • Practise recording

6. Filming Location

  • Quiet room
  • No distractions
  • Uncluttered background
  • Do not include details of your home that you do not want strangers to see

7. Lighting

  • Good lighting from front or side
  • No big light in back


8. Camera Setup

  • Camera at eye height
  • Front view or slight side view
  • Extreme shots up or down distort the face.
  • Record in portrait mode. (This is important so that all the videos are the same.)
This is a phone in portrait mode.


  • Show enough of your instrument so that we can see what it is.
  • For long instruments you can cut off the end and only show part of it. But ideally, record yourself while facing the camera. That will show as much of the instrument as possible.
  • Set your camera to record at full HD resolution (1080x1920 in portrait mode) or highest resolution possible.
  • Camera at least a few feet away so that your breathing is less audible.
  • Check your recording before you submit the file.

9. Musician Setup

  • Stand or sit
  • Face the camera or slight side view
  • Show first third of instrument or more if small
  • Wear a band uniform or dark shirt

10. Record Video

  • Don't worry about the bits at beginning & end. These bits will be removed.
  • Follow the instructions at the beginning of the track.
  • CLAP where instructed, important for synchronization.
  • Keep your camera running until the end of the piece, even if you're not playing in the last bar! Otherwise you'll disappear from the video before the piece is finished.
  • If you're resting in the last bar, remember to sit quietly, holding your instrument and keep looking at the camera until a few seconds after the end of the piece.

Record as many times as necessary until you have a version you like.

11. Upload Video

When your recording is finished, upload it here. You can open this form directly on your phone. There's no need to send the video to your computer first.

Thank you all. Looking forward to this third project.

12. Questions

Finally, if you have any questions about any of this, please send them to Steven at smw@smwonline.ca.

13. Extra Information

Listening to the Audio File

You'll need a device to play the audio file you downloaded.

If you're recording on a cellphone you can actually do both at the same time on your phone. As long as the phone is setup to record far enough away from you and your headphones it should work.

In the beginning of the audio file, there is a place where Steven instructs you to clap. When you are recording the video, please clap as instructed. This clap is used to synchronise the tracks and it is very important.

Extra Information from another virtual band:

This video here is a long and detailed tutorial used by a different virtual band.

The details here will be different from ours (i.e. where to download the materials from, where to upload the result, etc.), but the general ideas are the same.

...and here is a shorter, more focused video tutorial from the same band.

Smartphone Tripod Adaptors

Example 1

Example 2

Example 3