Tuesday 24 March – Band Meeting from 7:00pm in the Staffroom.
Come along to hear about what’s in store for the bands in 2020, including the Wahroonga Music Festival; Band Workshop; Band Camp and upcoming performances. Do you have a good idea for fund-raising ideas for the Wahroonga Music Festival? We invite all parents to come to the meeting and join in the efforts to make the festival a really special one for everyone involved. There will also be time on the evening to ask any questions you may have about band, and to put forward any suggestions. We hope to see many of you there!
Saturday 4 April – Band Workshop. All students in the Band Program (not recorder students) will be involved. The five bands will each have a tutorial, rehearsal, a delicious afternoon tea, and the afternoon will culminate in a short concert. Families and friends are encouraged to attend. Permission notes have been sent home and we ask for parent volunteers to please assist with making and serving afternoon tea, supervising tutorials and rehearsals, and general set up and pack down. This is a great opportunity to see the bands in action! Please consider volunteering some of your time on this day. Please also note that the duty of care for students is a parental responsibility. As this event falls on a Saturday, teaching staff will not be in attendance.
Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 May – Band Camp (further details to follow). Beginner Band students attend Band Camp for Thursday 28 May only.
Sunday 21 June – Wahroonga Music Festival (Beginner, Junior, Intermediate and Concert Bands)
The Wahroonga Music Festival is the Band Program’s biggest fundraiser for the year and funds raised help to keep the band fees as low as possible. Bands from all over Sydney come to our school to perform and compete for the title of champion band for their section, and to receive constructive feedback from an experienced adjudicator. In the past, there have been rides and delicious food stalls, and all of our concert bands perform on the day. We ask all parents in the Band Program to please volunteer some of their time before and/or on the day to support the event.
Tuesday 11 June – Stage Band performing in the 2020 Sydney Eisteddfod at The Concourse, Chatswood (further details to follow)
Sunday 14 June – Beginner Band performing in the 2020 Sydney Eisteddfod at The Concourse, Chatswood (further details to follow)
Monday 15 June – Intermediate Band performing in the Sydney Eisteddfod at The Concourse, Chatswood (further details to follow)
Tuesday 16 June - Concert Band performing in the Premium Primary School Concert Band Event in the 2020 Sydney Eisteddfod at The Concourse, Chatswood (further details to follow)
Beginner Band students are now playing several short pieces up to and including piece #29 in the red Standard of Excellence book. All students will move at their own pace, with regular practise sessions assisting in their progress. Every student will now be having weekly tutorials with their tutor.
Each rehearsal, a student in Beginner Band will be awarded Player of the Week forexcellent concentration and participation in rehearsal, and this student is given the special Beginner Band music stand to use for the following rehearsal. The recipient of the ‘Player of the Rehearsal’ from Tuesday’s rehearsal was Matthew N (Tenor Saxophone) and Holly B (Clarinet) from Friday’s rehearsal.Congratulations Matthew and Holly!
Each week, a Beginner Band student is awarded the Musician of the Week trophy and certificate. This week the Musician of the Week was awarded to Rashane E (Tuba). The Musician of the Week is awarded to a Beginner Band member who shows a respectful and positive attitude, a willingness to learn and to help others, punctuality and demonstrated musicality. The Musician of the Week receives a certificate, and the trophy to take home for the week. Congratulations Rashane!
We would like to especially acknowledge the Concert Band Mentors – Max S, Lily G, Ananya P, Audrey L, Amelia A, Isabelle H, Anita G, Dylan K, Violet K and Nehara D who so generously gave up their time to come along to the Beginner Band rehearsals this week to support and mentor the Beginner Band students. Thank you to you all for helping to make the rehearsal run so smoothly, and for being so giving of your time and expertise.
A reminder that Beginner Band students all have a tutorial on a Monday, and two rehearsals each week – one on Wednesday morning and the other on Friday morning. Both rehearsals are held in the Burns Road Band Room. Students, please arrive at 7:50am, leave your school bag outside the band room, carefully unpack your instrument and come into the band room ready for the rehearsal to begin at 8:00am.
Junior Band Information
Thestudents in Junior Band have been rehearsing Wahroonga Blues, A Royal Procession, A Minor Journey and now The Road to El Paso, all composed by Mr Gott especially for Junior Band. All parents will have the chance to hear the world premiere of these pieces at the Band Workshop on the afternoon of Saturday 4 April. Thank you for encouraging your child to practise these four pieces during their practise this week.
The Junior Band Musician of the Week was awarded to Charles S (Trombone). The Musician of the Week is awarded to a Junior Band member who is punctual, shows a respectful and positive attitude, a willingness to learn and to help others, and demonstrated musicality. The recipient of the Junior Band Musician of the Week will receive a certificate, and the trophy to take home for the week. Congratulations Charles!
Intermediate Band is working hard on learning Shackelford Banks and An American Hymn Tune – two of the pieces the band will perform at upcoming competitions and performances. They will perform these at the Band Workshop on Saturday 4 April. Please encourage your child to focus on these two pieces this week. The Intermediate Band Musician of the Week was awarded to Lucy M (Tenor Saxophone) this week. The Musician of the Week is awarded to an Intermediate Band member who is punctual, shows a respectful and positive attitude, a willingness to learn and to help others, and demonstrated musicality. Congratulations Lucy!
Concert Band Information
Concert Band students have continued rehearsing Kelvin Grove, Conquest, Incredibles 2 and The Hiding Place (the latter named after the memoir of Corrie ten Boom). Thank you parents for supporting and reminding your children to practise these pieces. Concert Band will be auditioning for a special event soon so it is imperative that everyone knows their part well. The Concert Band Musician of the Week was not awarded this week due to some students being away for the selective high schools exams.
Recorder Program – over 90 students from Year 1 and 2 have enrolled to learn recorder this year and rehearsals commenced this week. Recorder students have started learning the first three notes (B, A and G) – it won’t be long before they are playing beautiful pieces for all to enjoy!
Please do not hesitate to contact Kate Spencer or Kylie Lee in the Burns Road Band Room on the below details should you have any queries.