The band programme can assist students who wish to participate in external musical events.
Australian Music Examination Board
Students may wish to pursue AMEB (Australian Music Examination Board) exams. For more information see the AMEB website. If your child is interested discuss with your tutor.
DEC Music Extension Opportunities
For those music students wanting to extend their participation in music, the Department of Education & Communities (DEC) Arts Unit offers some of the finest student instrumental ensembles and music camps in Australia. The ensembles have toured extensively throughout Australia and have travelled internationally on many occasions.
The ensembles play a major role in staged events held across NSW and are one of the featured ensembles at the Opera House Festival and other high profile events.
Ensemble opportunities exist at two levels – Sydney-wide and Regional.
Membership is by audition (online applications). Both applications and auditions usually occur in terms 3 and 4. Please check websites for exact dates each year.
Arts Unit: Sydney-wide music ensembles
The Arts Unit has both a Concert Band (known as the Wind Orchestra) and Jazz Ensembles. Membership is open to students in Years 5-12 attending government primary and secondary schools. Weekly rehearsals are held at Lewisham.
Students also need to continue to participate in their school band. This is the equivalent of being selected at the state level of a PSSA sporting team. WPS students have participated in these ensembles.
State Music Camps
The Arts Unit also runs Junior and Senior State Music Camps annually. The camps are held at a venue near Sydney – usually around Term 3 holidays –and can be attended by year 5 and 6 students. They are a fun mix of music and outdoor activities and offer an opportunity for students to receive expert tutelage and develop their performance skills. WPS band students have attended these music camps over the years.
Please check the Arts Unit website for exact dates each year:
Willoughby Brass Band (Junior)
This is a community based band that rehearses weekly in Chatswood. It is sponsored by the Willoughby City Council and all brass players are welcome – we have had participation by previous and current WPS students. Contact Willoughby City Council for more details.