BAND

The Band Program

The Willoughby Public School Band program is for children from Years 3-6. It 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.

OUR MUSIC PROGRAM

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. Click here to view our Code Of Conduct policy.

We structure our program into 3 separate bands:

TRAINING BAND

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 is supported by assistant conductor Mr David Brinsmead.  Rehearsals are on Wednesday mornings in the School hall.

INTERMEDIATE BAND

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

The Intermediate Band is conducted by Anthony Marsden and David Brinsmead.  Rehearsals are on Tuesday and Friday mornings in the School hall.

PERFORMING BAND

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 Mr William Birkbeck and rehearsals run Monday and Thursday mornings in the School hall.

If you would like to know more about the WPS Band program, or to enquire about having our band perform at a function, you can contact the band committee on band@wpspandc.com.au


Contact details for the Band Committee in 2020 are:

Position Holder Email
Co-Convenor Meredith Robson band@wpspandc.com.au
Co-Convenor Jason Jones band@wpspandc.com.au
Co-Secretary Kevin Wong band.secretary@wpspandc.com.au
Co-Secretary Anita Ackerman band.secretary@wpspandc.com.au