Allambie Heights Public School has a highly successful and popular Band Program. There are currently three bands, a Training Band, a Concert Band and a Stage Band. Membership of each band is determined by musical experience and ability, not by seniority in school years.
Both bands are under the musical direction of a qualified conductor or Band Director, currently Kristin Wells. Administration of the Band Program is carried out by a Band Committee which is a subcommittee of the school's P&C Association.
The aim of the Band Program is to provide musical enrichment through the playing of an instrument in one of the school bands. At the same time, the programme aims to achieve a high performance standard and to encourage the development of teamwork in a happy atmosphere. By participating in the Band Program children will be able to achieve the following outcomes:
- a level of proficiency in playing a musical instrument
- confidence and self-esteem by performing in public
- competence in working in a group
- an enjoyment of music.
Through providing the Band Program, outcomes for the school are:
- an enhancement of the school's reputation
- an enrichment of the school's curriculum
The Band program is open to children from year 3 onwards. Hiring of instruments and tuition rates are most reasonable. Children involved in the Band Program have opportunities to perform at the:
- Annual School Concert
- Annual School Fun Fair
- School Assemblies
- Honour Assemblies
- Band Eisteddfod
A highlight of the band program is the Band Camp which is held over a weekend in March each year. Band Camp in 2013 is March 23-24. During this time, band members are involved in band rehearsals, tutorials and a concert as well as fun activities such as rock climbing, abseiling and the giant swing.
2013 Band Handbook (doc 555 KB)
Our Concert Band was formed in 1999 and consists of the school's most experienced players. After their first year in the Training Band, and at regular intervals thereafter, all players are assessed for possible promotion to the Concert Band. Promotion to the Concert Band is not automatic. It is at the discretion of the Band Director who considers each student's musical ability, commitment to the band and vacancies for specific instruments. The band committee updates the book at the end of each year ready to give out when band auditions occur in Term 4.
Our Training Band was formed in 2001. In general, all new members of the Band Program are placed in this band. It is a great opportunity for the students to become competent on their new instruments in an environment which is both supportive and fun.
Also, existing band members who change instruments or members who are not yet competent on their instruments are in the Training Band.
The band committee updates the book at the end of each year ready to give out when band auditions occur in Term 4.