The Band Program

The Willoughby Public School Band program aims to contribute to each student’s development musically, socially and personally. WPS Band

Our musical aims are to give all students, regardless of their previous musical experience, the opportunity:

  • to play a musical instrument
  • to develop an appreciation and understanding of a wide range of musical styles
  • to develop aural and expressive skills
  • to foster a love of music

Playing in a band can contribute to a student’s development of team and community spirit, self-esteem, social interaction, self-discipline and responsibility.

Our program is part of our P&C, and is parent-organised with the support of the school. Three hugely talented professional conductors are employed by the band program. We are extremely lucky to have such passionate and highly talented conductors guiding our students into the world of music and concert bands.


Opportunities exist for children to play flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, French horn, baritone horn, keyboard, bass guitar and percussion.

Children are invited to join our band program from Year 3. All band members are required to attend music tutorials (lessons) to learn their instrument, as well as attend band rehearsals each week.

We structure our program into 4 separate bands:


Training Band is for children in their first year of playing an instrument. It mainly comprises students from Year 3, with some Year 4 students. Older children who do not have any prior musical experience can also join this band.

The Training Band is conducted by Anthony Marsden. Mr Marsden will be supported by assistant conductor Mr David Brinsmead. Rehearsals are on Tuesday mornings in the School hall.


Intermediate Band is for children in their second year of playing their instrument.

The Intermediate Band is conducted by Anthony Marsden and rehearsals are on Thursday mornings in the School hall.


Concert Band is for children in their third year of playing their instrument.

The Concert Band is conducted by Robert Sidaway and rehearsals are on Monday mornings in the School hall. Plus Sectional rehearsals are Tuesday morning for Brass and Percussion, and Thursday mornings for Woodwind (locations vary).


Performing Band is WPS’s senior band. The children in this band have been playing their instruments for more than 3 years.

The Performing Band is conducted by Kirsty Tickle and rehearsals run Wednesday and Friday mornings in the School hall.


If you would like to know more about the WPS Band programme, or to enquire about having our band perform at a function, you can contact the band committee on

Contact details for the Band Committee in 2016 are:

Position Holder Mobile Email
Co-Convenor Heather Chopra 0431 545 800
Co-Convenor Melissa Gock 0419 238 717
Co-Convenor Nikki Templeton 0488 660 816
Co-Secretary Tracy Duff 0412 130 060
Co-Secretary Keren Rambow 0466 438 427