The Band Programme
Winthrop Primary School offers a dynamic band program for students in Years 5 and 6. The program is organized by the Winthrop Primary School Parents and Citizens Association Band Committee in consultation with the school principal and music teacher.
All students entering Year 5 have the opportunity to enter the Band Program. Tuition is offered in flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion. No previous instrumental experience is necessary. There is an expectation that students will commit to continue with the band through to the end of Year 6.
Students commencing at the school in Year 6 may be eligible to joing the Band Program if they have had previous tuition in one of the instruments listed above.
The Band Committee engages instrument teachers to visit the school to provide a weekly half hour lesson in a small group. Lessons are generally conducted during school time or over the lunch break. The instrument teachers liaise with the Band conductor regarding the Band Program and student progress. Tuition fees are paid direclty to the instruments teachers by the parents each term.
In addition to instrument tuition students attend a weekly one hour band training session to develop their ensemble skills.
Band Rehearsal times are:
- Year 5 - Thursday 3.00pm - 4.00 pm
- Year 6 - Thursday 7.45am - 8.45am
The Band Conductor (Mrs Elizabeth Campbell, the school Music teacher) facilitates this process. A small fee is charged by the Band Committee each semester to cover the costs of the Band Conductor, sheet music, transport to performances, teacher release time, etc.
Our 3 bands play regularly at the school's weekly assembly. In addition they play wih bands from other local primary schools and at a range of events within the local community.
For performances, all bands wear a white polo shirt embroidered with the Winthrop Band logo. For formal occasions the Year 6 Band wears a band uniform consisting of long sleeved white shirt with the band logo, black pants, and a green cummerbund and bow tie.
For further information about the Band Program, please contact the school's music teacher on 9310 6100