Baulkham Hills High School

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School band

Baulkham Hills High School has run a successful band program for many years under the guidance of our parent committee and Music Faculty. The Band and Orchestra consists of 8 bands, described below, that meet weekly for rehearsal. All bands are given opportunities to perform at school functions and to participate in competitions appropriate to their skill level.

Junior band

This band caters for students who have not previously played a musical instrument or an instrument that is part of a concert band or who wish to try a new instrument.

Junior band is conducted by Ms Yvonne Brown.

Rehearsal is on Monday morning starting at 7:20am.

Intermediate Band

The Intermediate Band is for students who have a good working knowledge of their instrument. Students progress to this from the Junior Band or through an audition process if they have previous experience on their instrument.

Intermediate Band is conducted by Dr Luis Madrid.

Rehearsal is on Monday afternoon starting at 3:15pm.

Concert Band

The Concert Band comprises of students with a good understanding of music performance. Students from Concert band would be able to move up to the top bands in Baulkham Hills High School Band and Orchestra program through an audition process.

Concert Band is conducted by Dr Luis Madrid.

Rehearsal is on Wednesday morning starting at 7:20am.

Senior band

Students progress into the Senior band by audition from the Intermediate or Concert Band. Playing and performance expectations are higher as students will be playing more complicated pieces.

Senior Band is conducted by Ms Yvonne Brown

Rehearsal is on Friday morning starting at 7:20 am.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble 

Students who have achieved a higher degree of skill with their instrument are eligible to audition from the Senior Band. Symphonic Wind Ensemble also performs regularly at various school functions including Presentation Evening.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble is conducted by Dr Steve Clark. 

Rehearsal is on Monday morning starting at 7:20 am.

Baulkham Hills High School Big Band

The Baulkham Hills High School Big Band consists of traditional big band instrumentation including saxophones, trombones, trumpets, piano, bass (electric or acoustic) and drums. The band plays a jazz-based repertoire This band is designed for students who have a high degree of musical expertise and membership is by invitation or audition. The band has a particular focus on solo performance and improvisation.

Big Band is conducted by Mr Alvin Mak.

Rehearsal is on Wednesday morning starting at 7:20 am.

Orchestra

Orchestra is the ultimate ensemble in the Band and Orchestra Program. It caters to students who play an orchestral instrument as well as provides the opportunity for string players to develop their ensemble and performance skills. Students are expected to commit with a high degree of performance standard.

Non string players must also be a member of one of the other ensembles.

Orchestra is conducted by Dr Luis Madrid.

Rehearsal is on Tuesday mornings at 7.20 am .

String Ensemble

The String Ensemble is an excellent introduction for string playing and orchestral playing with string specialist tutor Mrs Ruth Choong.

Students in the String ensemble perform exciting and challenging Repertoire specifically chosen to develop their musical abilities in a fun and rewarding environment. Students improve their intonation, bowing, tuning and ensemble skills.

String Ensemble is conducted by Mrs Ruth Choong.

Rehearsal is on Monday mornings at 7.20 am.

Band Fees

The band program is an extra-curricular activity offered to students of Baulkham Hills High School. The compulsory fees cover the costs of: an administration assistant, band conductors, music scores, entry to competitions and band equipment. Fees for 2020 are $300 per student, payable at the beginning of the year. Junior, Intermediate, and Concert Band members also attend a camp in May at an additional cost.

Only one fee is charged even if students are in more than one band. The band tie is available from the office for $16.00.

Band Parent Group

This parent group is a vital part of the school band program. Meetings are held once a term or when required. Details will be advertised in the school newsletter and by email. We ask all parents to provide support to the band program by attending meetings and/or filling various roles within the program to share the workload and keep costs down. There are various committees and activities for parents to become involved with.

Band Policy and membership expectations

All students who join the band should make a commitment to being a part of the band for at least one year. Students are expected to attend rehearsals, workshops, performances, competitions and camps as required, including in-school performances during the school day. Advance notice in writing from the parent or guardian must be given to the conductor if a student is unable to attend band related activities.

If a student is absent from due to illness, the conductor is to be advised by email to the band email address. Students are expected to be punctual and help with setting up and packing away. It is vital that students co-operate with conductors, tutors and parent helpers.

Contact details bhhsbandcom@gmail.com

Facebook Page "Baulko Band and Orchestra "

https://www.facebook.com/Baulko-Band-and-Orchestra-100848740521209/

Band Recognition

Students are awarded with a badge after 1 year, 3 years and 5 years membership in band.

Band Tours

There are opportunities for students to attend band tours from time to time. In 2017 and 2019 Concert Band and String Ensemble toured Europe in the April school holidays, in 2021 a third tour to Poland, Czech Republic and Germany is being planned.

For further information, or to register interest in joining the school band in 2020 contact the Band Administrator at bhhsbandcom@gmail.com.