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    RPS BAND PROGRAM

    Roseville Public School offers a comprehensive band program for students in years 3 to 6. The band program caters for complete beginners to gifted performers and aims to expand and enrich your child’s musical experiences.

    We currently offer three concert bands and three extension ensembles:

    • Junior band (Year 3 only)
    • Intermediate band (Year 4 only)
    • Concert band (Year 5/6 only)
    • Stage band (Extension ensemble open to Concert band members)
    • Drum corps (Extension ensemble open to all band students, not just drummers)
    • Wind ensemble (Extension ensemble open to Concert band members)

    We also hope to have a brass ensemble up and running soon. Watch this space!

    Our band conductors and tutors are all highly trained and accomplished musicians with performance and music education experience. Your child will learn how to play an instrument, read music, develop as a musician and work as a team in a fun and supportive environment.

    BAND ACHIEVEMENTS

    Our bands perform at eisteddfods throughout the year and consistently achieve excellent results. Well done and thank you to our conductors, students and parents for their ongoing commitment and support.

    2019

    Junior band
    Sydney Eisteddfod (Primary School Novice Concert Band) – Highly Commended
    Intermediate band
    Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival (Robert McAnally Primary School Concert Band) – Silver

    2018

    Junior band
    NSW School Band Festival (Wilbur Sampson Primary School Concert Band) – Gold
    Sydney Eisteddfod (Primary School Novice Concert Band) – 2nd place
    Intermediate band
    NSW School Band Festival (Robert McAnally Primary School Concert Band) – Silver
    Wahroonga Band Festival (Intermediate Concert Band – C Grade) – 2nd place
    Concert band
    NSW School Band Festival (William Lovelock Primary School Concert Band) – Gold
    Sydney Eisteddfod (Primary School Premium Concert Band) – Highly Commended
    Stage band
    NSW School Band Festival (Ed Wilson Primary School Open Big Band) – Silver

    HOW TO JOIN THE BAND (OR ENSEMBLE)

    • At the end of year 2, students are formally invited to try instruments and join the Junior band in the following year.
    • Students in years 3 to 6 are welcome to join the band at any time. For more information, please contact our Band Program Convenor, Belinda Shearer.
    • Students enrolled in one of the concert bands are welcome to join an extension ensemble at any time. For more information, please contact our Band Program Convenor, Belinda Shearer.

    BAND COMMITMENT

    Learning an instrument, like learning a language or any other craft, requires discipline and perseverance. For the most rewarding band program experience, we request that all band members:

    • attend weekly band rehearsals
    • attend weekly private tutor lessons
    • practise band music/pieces at home
    • attend band performances/eisteddfods
    • attend weekend band camp and/or workshops/intensives

    We understand that the first years of taking up an instrument can be a struggle, but we encourage you to stick with it – you won’t regret it!

    BAND FEES AND INSTRUMENT HIRE

    Instruments can be hired through the school or students may wish to source their own. Band fees are invoiced twice a year. At RPS, we value the learning experiences of all our students. If you’re concerned about band expenses, please contact our Band Program Convenor or the School Principal. Full confidentiality assured.

    BAND COMMITTEE AND PARENT VOLUNTEERS

    The administration and coordination of the band program would not be possible without parent involvement. No musical experience is necessary to get involved! Opportunities to help include supervision at band rehearsals or band camps/intensives, coordinating instrument hire, coordinating a band group, or coordinating band camp/intensive days.

    In addition, the band committee meets each term to discuss current issues and the direction of the band program. All RPS parents and carers are invited to join.

     

    2019 REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

    Junior band

    Rehearsals: Monday morning (7.30–9am) and Wednesday recess (11.10–11.50am)
    Conductor: Gerald Steinmann
    Coordinator(s): Belinda Shearer

    Intermediate band

    Rehearsals: Tuesday afternoon (3.10–4.20pm) and Thursday morning (7.30–9am)
    Conductor: Ellie Shearer
    Coordinator(s): Rebecca Wang and Catherine Corbishley

    Concert band

    Rehearsals: Tuesday morning (7.30–9am) and Thursday afternoon (3.10–4.20pm)
    Conductor: Ellie Shearer
    Coordinator(s): Jenny Chan, Anthea Saunders-Lang and Sarah Jones

    Stage band

    Rehearsals: Thursday recess (11.10–11.50am)
    Conductor: Tim Ferrier
    Coordinator(s): Selena Courtness

    Wind Ensemble Rehearsals: Thursday lunchtime (1.10–1.50pm)
    Conductor: Lucy Parker
    Coordinator(s): –
    Drum Corps Rehearsals: Monday recess (11.10–11.50am)
    Conductor: Gerald Steinmann
    Coordinator(s): Ritu Khanna

     

    CONTACT US

    If you have any questions about the band program, please contact our Band Program Convenor, Belinda Shearer on 0404 479 199.

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