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The Forestville Public School band programme has developed over a number of years into a fun and exciting programme designed to ensure children participating receive an enjoyable and rewarding musical experience.

Being part of a band can provide children with skills that will last a lifetime. In addition to the obvious musical benefits, children involved in playing an instrument in a band programme benefit socially, physically and often academically. Children learn valuable team skills, and above all have fun!!

As a general rule children will spend their first year in Training Band, the second in Intermediate Band, and the remaining years in Concert Band. There are exceptions to this rule however, and all band members will be assessed at the end of each year to ascertain which band they will play in the following year. It will not be possible to move down a band; however some children may be able to go straight to Concert Band after their first year. This decision will be at the discretion of the Band Committee in consultation with the Band Conductors.

Children who are new to the school will be assessed as to which band in most suitable for them, and membership to the programme is open to all children from Year 3 to Year 6.

Training Band

The Training Band is comprised of children who are new to their instruments. Children spend the first year in the Training Band learning important skills on their instruments and learning how to be part of a musical ensemble.

Intermediate Band

Children will move from Training Band to Intermediate Band after their first year of playing. In this band children will consolidate the ensemble and technical skills learned in Training Band, and move on to more challenging repertoire.

Concert Band

Concert Band is 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.

Extension Ensemble

Entry to the extension ensemble is by audition only. Children wishing to audition for this group should have reached approximately Grade 3 AMEB standard.

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