Mowbray Public School has a thriving music program comprising of two band ensembles: Training Band and Concert Band. The band programs are run by an active parent committee and have strong community and school support.
Playing in a musical ensemble can contribute to a student’s development of team and community spirit, self-esteem, social interaction, self-discipline and leadership. Through Mowbray’s music program, we aim to foster an interest in and enjoyment of music. For many of our ex-students, this early musical grounding has provided a foundation for their continued musical education and participation in ensembles through secondary school.
Training Band is a beginner ensemble for woodwind and brass and percussion students from Years 3 and 4 who are in their first year of learning. It is designed to introduce the children to ensemble playing as early as possible so that they can develop the skills needed to play in the senior Concert Band. The band is made up of flutes, clarinets, saxophones, french horn, trumpets, trombones, euphonium, bass guitar and percussion. The band is conducted by Mr Darcy Shevlin, and there are around 40 students who rehearse together every Friday morning.
The concert band consists of children in Years 4-6 who have been playing for one year or more on their chosen instrument. Children progress to the Concert Band after having had a year of tuition and weekly rehearsals in the Training Band. The band has a number of performance opportunities each year including The North Shore Band Festival, various Community events, School Assemblies, Music Nights and the Mowbray Performing Arts Night. The band rehearses every Thursday morning before school and consistent attendance and aptitude is expected. The band’s conductor, Mr Gavin Staines, aims to provide an interactive learning environment where children are able to grow in both the understanding and application of musical concepts. The band program is held in high regard among students, parents and teachers.
- Kickstart is an annual day where music students can ‘kickstart’ their music appreciation at Mowbray. It is a short day of tutorials and rehearsals but it is very beneficial for new music members to become familiar not only with playing in an ensemble, but also with their musical colleagues. (March)
- Weekend of Music (WOM) (was Music Camp) is an annual, intensive weekend event of tutorials and rehearsals for Band and Strings students. It also includes some fun activities for the kids and a concert for families and friends, at the end! There is no overnight stay involved. (July)
- A Music Tour is held every three years for senior members of the Band and Strings ensembles. This ensures all music students participate in a three day tour of an area in Australia. In the past, some locations have included Dubbo, Port Macquarie and Bathurst/Orange. It is a fun few days of performing at various school locations and music conservatoriums, sharing the love of music with others and giving students the opportunity to perform live. (October)
How to Join the Band
An opportunity to try out different band musical instruments is held late in Term 4 each year. Information is sent out about a ‘Blow Test’ in the school Newsletter.
We rely on parent involvement and very much appreciate them giving up their valuable time to keep the band program running smoothly. There are many roles occupied by our parent volunteers:
- Tutor Coordinator
- Instrument Coordinator
- Training Band Coordinator
- Concert Band Coordinator
- Parent Rosters
- Musical Score Coordinator
If you have any queries about the Band programs, please Email Us.