Concert Band will be comprised of predominantly Year 5 & 6 children, who are in their third or fourth year of playing. Children in this band will be exposed to more challenging repertoire, and will perform regularly at school and community events.
Concert Band performance at Warringah Mall 2023
Our Concert Band Conductor for 2023 is Derek Barg.
Derek Barg brings 30 years of experience in instrumental music education to FPS, with expertise conducting concert bands, jazz band and private percussion tuition.
He has worked in many public and private schools across the northern Sydney region and beyond, including Cranbrook, Sydney Boys High School, Killarney Heights High School, Normanhurst Boys High School and over 15 different primary schools.
Derek’s experience as a performer is diverse, ranging across genres from orchestra through to rock bands and jazz ensembles. Derek is also a composer of wide-ranging styles of music and a professional audio engineer. He brings these skills together in pursuing his interest in developing processes to facilitate optimal learning for musicians, using professional audio recording as a tool for reflection and motivation for musicians.
Concert Band rehearsals take place in the school hall on:
Tuesday afternoons 3:15pm – 4:15pm
Thursday mornings 7:30am – 8:45am
Students are expected to arrive on time so they can set up the hall ready for rehearsal. Every rehearsal requires a parent/ carer volunteer to supervise. Their role is to assist in the running of the rehearsal under the direction of the conductor.
Invoices for Concert Band are sent out per semester via email. The cost is:
Band Fee - $270 per semester ($540 annual)
Instrument Hire & Repair Levy - $180 per semester ($360 annual)
Percussionist/ Base Guitar - $60 (annual levy)
(this covers the maintenance and use of the school’s percussion instruments)
We accept the NSW Creative Kids Voucher.
Students are required to continue tutoring each week with a teacher specific to their instrument.
Our list of tutors can be found here or you can source your own tutor:
WHAT TO BRING TO REHEARSAL
Instrument and accessories
(drip cloth, lip cream, cork grease, spare reeds, valve oil, amps, leads etc)
CONCERT BAND PARENT CO-ORDINATOR
We need one parent to volunteer as the Concert Band Parent Co-ordinator. This parent will:
Liaise with the conductor, committee and teachers.
Communicate with parents about upcoming events and general information as well as organise a roster for parent/carer helpers during rehearsals.
This is not an intensive role and the amount of work is mainly focussed around setting up a roster at the beginning of each term. In addition, your help may be required when organising performances throughout the year.
TeamApp is our main form of contact and is downloadable via app on your phone.
All essential and timely information will be sent through here.
Email – In addition to TeamApp you may receive emails from your parent coordinator.
Please ensure your email address is always up to date.
Newsletter - We also have a section in the school newsletter.
Please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any other questions.