Tuesday 24 March – Band Meeting from 7:00pm in the Staffroom has been cancelled.
Friday 27 March – Outdoor Pop-Up Concert at school during lunchtime featuring Junior Band and Concert Band students
Friday 3 April - Outdoor Pop-Up Concert at school during lunchtime featuring Beginner Band and Intermediate Band students
Due to the need for the 2020 Band Workshop to be cancelled, we are excited to announce that the bands will instead have the opportunity to perform in an outdoor Pop-Up Concert on a Friday lunch time this term. The purpose of the concert is to offer the students the opportunity to showcase all their hard work from Term 1, and to bring happiness to the school community through music-making. The concerts will be held under the COLA and all performing students will be able to enjoy a treat following their performance.
All parents should have received an email/permission note. Would you please sign and return the note to indicate your child's involvement and for catering purposes, by Tuesday 24 March. Hard copies of the notes will also be available at the school office.
Saturday 4 April – Band Workshop has been cancelled.
Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 May – Band Camp is likely to be cancelled or postponed. We are working through ideas and dates at present.
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 #33 ‘Amigos’ 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 Hannah (Clarinet) and Lucy F (Euphonium) from Friday’s rehearsal.Congratulations Hannah and Lucy!
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 Luke B (Percussion). 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 Luke!
We would like to especially acknowledge the Concert Band Mentors – Amelia A, Amelia B, Ananya P, Anita G Lily G and Isabelle H 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.
Beginner Band will be performing in an outdoor pop-up concert on Friday 3 April under the COLA during lunchtime. A reminder to pack the bunny ears for the concert!
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. Junior Band will be performing in an outdoor pop-up concert on Friday 27 March under the COLA during lunchtime.
The Junior Band Musician of the Week was awarded to Skyla S (Alto Saxophone). 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 Skyla!
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 outdoor Pop-Up Lunchtime Concert on Friday 3 April. Please encourage your child to focus on these two pieces this week. The Intermediate Band Musician of the Week was awarded to Eve L (Clarinet) 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 Eve!
Concert Band Information
Concert Band students continue to rehearse Kelvin Grove, Conquest, Incredibles 2 and The Hiding Place (the latter named after the memoir of Corrie ten Boom). This week, Concert Band students have been recording to audition for a special event soon – thank you parents for reminding and supporting your children to know their part well.
The Concert Band Musician of the Week was awarded to Lily G (Clarinet). The Musician of the Week is awarded to a Concert 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 Concert Band Musician of the Week will receive a certificate, and the trophy to take home for the week. Congratulations Lily!
Congratulations to Sasha T and Nehara D on being awarded the positions of Concert Band Monitors for Semester One this year.
Recorder Program – over 90 students from Year 1 and 2 have enrolled to learn recorder this year and rehearsals are well underway.
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.