Engadine West Public School

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Band information

Engadine West Public School has developed a very successful and well respected band program over many years. The program consists of two sizeable bands, junior band and senior band.

Dates for the diary

  • Tuesday 18 February 2020 - training band rehearsals begin - 8:15am for an 8:20am start
  • Wednesday 26 February 2020 - tutorials begin - refer to timetable below
  • Thursday 20 February 2020 - performing band rehearsals begin - 8:15am for an 8:20am start

Term 3 2020 Band Tutorial timetable (PDF 337KB)

Training Band

The training band is made up of more than 30 Year 4 and Year 5 students. The majority of students in the training band have had no prior experience on their instrument.

The training band is designed to equip students with musical technique and experience required to prepare them for the next step of the program, the performing band.

Students in this band rehearse together every Tuesday morning from 8:20am to 9:20am in the school band studio with the training band conductor, Mrs Jo Kelleher. During this time the students play together as a whole band, learning how to be a part of an ensemble and learning the foundations of music theory. Students also attend one tutorial with their smaller instrument group after school where they are taught by qualified music professionals. The junior band performs at school assemblies, performs at Bandfest and joins the senior band at the annual band camp.

Training Band Note (PDF 503KB)

Performing Band

The senior performance band rehearses every Thursday morning from 8:20am to 9:20am in the school band studio with a qualified music teacher, Mrs Maddie Winton, and Mrs Kelly Way. This performing band performs at important school events and represents the school at the Sutherland Shire Schools Music Festival, Bandfest and other public venues.

Performing band students also attend tutorials with qualified music professionals after school.

Performing Band Information Note (PDF 557KB)

Gaining entry into the Engadine West PS Band Program

At the end of Year 3, all students are given the opportunity to audition for positions in this prestigious program. If successful, students must commit to ongoing practice of their instrument and involvement at all band activities and performances including sessions before and after school.

The instruments available are:

  • flute
  • clarinet
  • bass clarinet
  • alto saxophone
  • tenor saxophone
  • trumpet
  • trombone
  • baritone
  • keyboard bass
  • glockenspiel and xylophone
  • un-tuned percussion (drums and auxiliary percussion).

Our Band Committee

The band program runs smoothly due to a well organised band committee. The band committee organises the running of the program, all band activities, and numerous performances during each school term as well as the annual band camp at the Tops Conference Centre.

Our parent crew

The dedication and support of our wonderful band parents is also a key element in the program's success. Our band parents provide support in many ways by attending performances, supporting students in their home practise as well as transporting equipment to and from performance venues.

The time, funds and planning dedicated to the program and the many performance opportunities available ensure that students are able to perform to a high standard each year.

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