Code of Conduct Form 2017 - this must be completed and returned to the band box in the office or to Mr Rowland before students start band rehearsals this year.

Band Information Booklet for 2017

Band Overview

Turramurra has had a strong band programme for more than 30 years with almost 150 students participating. There are 5 bands - 4 concert bands and 1 stage/jazz band.
The Band is open to all students from year 3, of course students are more than welcome to join in years 4-6.

The band programme is an extra-curricular activity and therefore funded by fees, paid yearly.

Fees are kept as low as possible, and we pay the Band Director for rehearsal and performance times, and other expenses such as purchasing new music and entry into competitions and festivals.

Instrument hire fees go towards repairing and replacing instruments.

The Benefits

As a result of the programme, your children will learn to play a musical instrument to a high standard. They will have a greater appreciation of music of different styles and of what is involved in a musical presentation. They will never be merely spectators. If they choose to continue their involvement, they will be able to form immediate associations with people anywhere in the world.

As band members, your children will become an integral part of a social group brought together to pursue a worthwhile common aim, the success of which requires every member to do their personal best.

They will develop positive friendships and associations.

They will develop the self-discipline and commitment necessary to succeed in all other areas of endeavour. Statistics show that children who participate in similar programmes tend to succeed in other areas of the curriculum. The skills they learn as part of the programme are applicable to all other areas. The self-esteem they gain from success gives them confidence to improve other areas of study.

What The Band Will Provide

Professional Direction

Experience has shown that school bands are much more likely to succeed where professional and experienced direction is provided. We are extremely fortunate to have the services of Tim Rowland in this capacity. We also have a group of excellent tutors, for private lessons, most of whom give lessons within the school grounds.

An Instrument

The Band will provide an instrument for hire for the first year, which your child is expected to treat with due care. After 12 months parents are expected to provide an instrument except in the case of the more expensive instruments such as the Tuba, Euphonium and French Horn. Those allocated Tenor Saxophone must provide their own after two years.

Music

Junior Band members begin with a band folder for which they are charged. All band music is provided. Lost practice copies will incur a replacement fee of 10c per page.

How The Instrument Is Selected

In choosing the instruments for the children, we are aiming to ensure two things:

  • the children will have an instrument with which they are happy, and on which they are likely to succeed
  • the band has a balanced representation from all instrument groups

The children are asked to express 3 preferences. Alto & Tenor Saxophone are NOT regarded as separate choices. Guidance will be provided. Although every effort will be made to oblige first preferences, it may be necessary to move to second or even third choices. All children must be prepared to accept the instrument that is allocated if it is one of their three preferences. You will be contacted if it appears necessary to allocate your third preference. It is generally not possible to change instruments after the first year, there are limited instruments to offer each year and this will affect the balance of the bands in years to come. Also as the child has to repeat Junior Band, they often become bored and don’t continue.

Band Responsibilities

Attending Rehearsals

Regular rehearsals are scheduled for each band. All band members are expected to attend regularly and arrive punctually.

Initially the Junior Band is divided into 2 groups: woodwind and brass with each group having 1 rehearsal per week. At Band Camp the two groups come together and from then on will rehearse twice a week. The other Concert Bands have 2 rehearsals throughout the year. The Stage Band is entered by audition for students in years 5 and 6, and have 1 band rehearsal each week. Students must belong to a Concert Band to be able to join the Stage Band.

Each rehearsal is approximately 1 hour. Morning rehearsals are 7:50 until 8:50, and afternoon rehearsals are 3:15 until 4:15.

Tuition

It is a requirement of band membership that band members have weekly tuition throughout their period with the Band. Band members only continue to progress at the same level as their peers with competent tuition. The Band Director does not have time to attend to individual difficulties during rehearsals.

The committee will provide a list of reputable tutors, many of whom conduct tutorials at the school.
Children must sit and wait quietly for their lessons and for not more than 10 minutes.

If you prefer to use someone not on the Recommended Tutor List the TPS Band committee insists that you address the following criteria:

  • It is essential that the tutor plays the instrument in a competent manner.
  • Either the tutor has either received formal music teaching qualifications or has equivalent playing and/or teaching experience.
  • The tutor is of an appropriate age to teach primary school children. We would suggest having completed high school.

Performances

As much notice as possible will be given for all Band performances. All members are expected to attend each performance. If non-attendance is unavoidable the Band Director must be notified, in writing, as soon as possible. The Band Director has the discretion to exclude children from performances because of 1) unacceptable behaviour, 2) inability to play performance pieces at an acceptable standard because of poor rehearsal attendance or lack of practice, or 3) inappropriate dress for a public performance. The Junior Band has in past years played at Band Festivals, Nursing Homes and school assemblies, as well as the family concert at the conclusion of the annual Band Camp.

Instrument Care

Instructions on instrument care are provided. If in doubt, ask for help. Please don’t try to fix instruments yourself. Any repairs undertaken without approval of the band committee are at the expense of the hirer.

Behaviour

As with any other school activity, all Band Members are expected to behave in a cooperative and sensible way. Continuing membership depends on children maintaining a satisfactory standard of behaviour at all times. Parents helping with Band activities are to be accorded the same authority and respect as teachers.

Practice

Each child may be required to complete a practice diary, to be completed each week by a parent/guardian, this will be checked by Mr Rowland. For Junior Band, a minimum of 20 minutes practice should be done each day, including both band and tutorial pieces. Children who fail to do sufficient practice will not be able to continue in the Band Programme. The format of the practice diary will be announced at the beginning of the year.

Band Camp

Is probably the most beneficial 2½ days in your child’s band experience each year, and should not be considered optional. It starts on Friday after lunch at school, finishing in the early evening after which the children are taken home. They arrive at camp on Saturday morning and attend a well organised balance of band rehearsals, group tutorials and recreation activities before performing for the parents at a concert early Sunday afternoon.

A parent roster provides supervision, and each family is expected to assist in some way.

It is at Band Camp that Junior Band plays together for the first time, and the Sunday afternoon concert is one of their proudest moments.

Our next camp will be held at Galston Gorge Crusaders Camp, with the camp dates being Friday 10th to Sunday 12th of March 2017.

Band Uniform

To be worn when requested (mostly for performances outside school).

Both boys and girls:

  • Long Black Pants
  • Yellow Band Shirt
  • Black socks
  • Polished Black Shoes
  • Students with long hair should tie it back during performances, yellow ribbon or headband is preferred

It is important that the students take pride in their appearance as this will be reflected in the way they perform as a band.

Fees for 2016

Accounts are sent in term 2, to be paid in full by the end of May (to be eligible for the 5% discount), or to be paid in two instalments in May and August. Payment for Band Camp is required in term 1. One month is given as period for payment. Please pay accounts promptly to minimise the workload of our treasurer.

Failure to pay fees by the end of each semester will result in the child/children being asked to leave the band, unless previous arrangements have been made.

Concert Band Fee $260/year – 5% ($13) discount if paid in full by the end of May.
Stage/Jazz Band Fee $100/year
Instrument Hire Fee $200/year
Percussion Usage Fee $40/year
Band Folder $10 (approximate - Junior Band Only)
Band Camp $200+

Families with more than one child in the Band Programme receive a rebate of $10 per child per semester on Band Fees.

Fee Assistance – families experiencing financial difficulties may apply for a one-off exemption of one child’s fees for one semester. Applications for assistance are to be made through the band committee.

Families can also pay in instalments if arranged with the treasurer.

Each family pays their tutor separately. Individual prices vary but are generally around $35 per lesson (half an hour). The children may also need a tutorial book and other music for use in their private lessons.

Reporting

Behaviour and performance in rehearsals are monitored and recorded as necessary, and this information is emailed to parents/carers, even weekly where appropriate. The Band Director gives a report on each Band at every Band Committee meeting.

Committee

The Band Program runs as successfully as it does due to the work done by the committee, if you can assist in any way it will be most appreciated. Our AGM is held each year late in term 4. Notification will be in the School newsletter. Band information is distributed to parents predominantly by email, as well as individual notes or via the School newsletter.

2016 Band Rehearsal Times

  Morning
7:50-8:50AM
Afternoon
3:15-4:15PM
Monday Intermediate Concert Band Performance Band
Tuesday Junior Concert Band Senior Concert Band
Wednesday Senior Concert Band Junior Concert Band
Thursday Performance Band Intermediate Concert Band
Friday Stage Band No Rehearsal

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