Lindfield Public School has an extensive and highly regarded band program that was established in 1979! We currently have approximately 180 children, 4 conductors and many tutors across our bands.
All children joining the program are allocated an instrument, have a weekly half hour individual lesson and participate in two band rehearsals each week. Our main intake is for Junior Band, which is usually when children are in year 3, however all children in years 3 – 4 in 2020 are able to participate. (Children in years 5-6 who wish to join should contact the band committee.) New children to the school in years 5 – 6 who have previously been learning an instrument, may be able to join our more senior bands upon auditioning.
The instruments comprising each of our Bands are flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, keyboard and percussion.
Through music, children can find a way to channel their energy and ability into something purposeful and creative.
Who runs the band program?
The band program is run by parent volunteers as a sub committee of the P&C, with the endorsement of the School. We engage qualified conductors to lead the bands, qualified instrument tutors to provide lessons and manage the day to day running of the band program, including music camp and performances.
We are a committee of approximately 15, mostly parents, who meet one night a term to discuss Band matters. We currently have 2 bands, 2 parents acting as “band representatives” for each band, an instrument coordinator, tutor coordinator, Music Camp coordinator, Music Spectacular coordinator and administrative assistant. We are always looking for any interested parents to join us. If you would like to be involved, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Band (JB)
Children generally commence in Junior Band in year 3. In 2018, we have approximately 60 members.
For most children, this is their first experience of learning a musical instrument.
By the end of their first year our JB will usually have performed at the school at K-2 assembly, Music Camp and Open Day. In the second half of the year, they have their first external performance at the NSW School Band Festival and at Roseville Kindy.
Intermediate Band (IB)
Following a year in JB, students usually progress to IB the following year. It is largely made up of children from year 4. We currently have 53 members in IB. IB usually performs at the school’s Open Day, assembly performances and the North Shore Primary School Band Festival. The children all look forward to their IB Tour, which takes place late in Term 3. On the tour, the Band usually visit schools in Sydney’s west, which either don’t have their own band program, or have a significantly smaller program. The children perform for, or with students from these schools.
Concert Band (CB)
This is our most senior ensemble, and comprises children from years 5 and 6 who have successfully auditioned following their year in IB. Most children stay in CB until the end of Year 6. CB perform at many of the same events as IB, however in addition they perform at NSW Band Festival in August every year, and may perform at a local school for students with intellectual disabilities, and at the Year 3 – 6 Presentation Day. Year 6 members of CB are also rostered to perform the National Anthem during Year 3-6 assembly.
CB also have a CB Tour each year, on which they either visit schools or participate in a music development day, finishing with a fun activity as a reward for their commitment to the band program over the years.
Big Band (BB)
Big Band is our Jazz Band. CB members who play piano, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, tuba or percussion may audition to join. The band rehearses once a week in addition to their CB rehearsals.
They perform at NSW Band Festivals, Chatswood Spring Festivals at the Concourse, and visit a local retirement village to perform for residents.